The starting place for this was the same as the hike for Hermit Falls a few days before. Instead of going down this time, I went up. It was a completely different experience. First off, the killer elevation was in the beginning and not in the end which was nice. It was drier and the air was less humid. Towards the waterfall the scenery was lush and vegetated. Going up the canyon, the plants were more desert like and there was a lot of desert scenery.
The trail was narrow and hugged the side of the canyon walls. It switch backed back and forth always taking your around another turn. I hiked up taking lots of pictures and even running in the flatter spaces. It is amazing how much getting into the woods clears my head. I have composed very articulate life lessons and ideas in my head as I climb (which I never seem able to reproduce after).
IA became very aware of how seductive the trail is to me. In landscape architecture, they refer to a curve that leads around a corner a seductive curve. That’s exactly how I feel about being on the trail. The trail disappears around corners, sort of teasing you to follow. You have no idea what is going to be on the other side.
The hardest part of hiking is knowing when to turn around because the trail keeps calling. I’ve made a point to try to be out before dark. This trail was one of those that I could have just kept going. I didn’t tire (new shoes), I wasn’t sweaty (lack of humidity), and full of energy. I decided to turn around at the 2-mile mark.
The trail was a perfect mix of dirt, sand, and rock. I ran most of the way back down.