All I wanted for Christmas was a wet hike and I got it Didn't really have a solid plan since plan A was put on hold so just decided we would head out to 1st Water and decide as we hiked. I proposed an extended Black Mesa Loop, doing a little exploring around Little Boulder Canyon, Ryan suggested the Marsh Valley Loop since it had been a while since we had been out that way and with the recent rain we could check out the water flow. Let's go!
Best water flow was at the Needle Canyon crossing off Bull Pass Trail. Marsh Valley was pretty dry. Boulder Canyon had some nice pools forming.
And the rain , it started as we dropped down from Bull Pass and pretty much continued at varied rates through to Garden Valley.
Passed a group of 4 hikers sitting in Barkley Basin who warned us about the rock hopping we would run into on Boulder Canyon Trail like that would deter us, and a lone packer in Marsh Valley who had lost his rain cover caught on brush which I had found and freed and delivered it to him as he was backtracking to find it. Once we hit Second Water the trail got a little busy but not too bad.
Merry Christmas to all the fellow HAZ'ers out there