Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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El Recortado is a wild and seldom visited area in the hills above Canyon Lake. Route #2 follows an unnamed canyon though a stunning hidden basin and ends at a high overlook above Canyon Lake. A truly special destination. Cat-claw is light to moderate. See maps for route description.
A gatekeeper waterfall situated about 150 feet above the shore of Canyon Lake protects the initial canyon. Access is a bypass from the west.
Cliffs surround the basin with elevated shelves on both sides of the canyon bottom. Carefully hike along the elevated shelves or follow the creek. Every thirty yards literally reveals something cool to explore. The finally is a killer overlook situated high above Canyon Lake with epic views of the surrounding area.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.