When the polar express heads into South Central Texas, RW, Jr. and myself found the best way to avoid the wind chill and frozen temperatures is to do a little day hiking in the canyons of
Southern Arizona. So we
grabbed some gear and headed to southern and warmer temps for a few days. Arizona
We hiked about half a mile to a switchback , we then hiked about half a mile up on the switchback (with an elevation gain of approximately 400 feet) to get to a trail that ran along the ridge of the canyon wall. Temperature was a comfortable 69 degrees. Total elevation ranged from 3500 to 4000 feet along the trail.
Not exactly the "Throne of the Mountain King" but it was as close as we could find.
There was a great view of the canyon floor which had a stream fed by mountain snow melt and numerous rock formations visible along the entire length of the trail. RW, Jr. was testing some new gear prior to an upcoming trip to
that he has planned. I was also checking out a new
Camelbak Rim Runner Hydration Backpack that was a recent addition to my hiking gear. All our gear
worked great and the only problem was a zipper that snagged on the lining of a
pocket on RW, Jr.’s jacket. He did manage to un-snag it after a good deal of
effort on his part. Colorado
RW, Jr. also took some great video along the trail while he was doing his “Les Stroud” camera thing. This was a little difficult on the narrow trail. Google had a problem with loading the video but I will try to post it at a later date. Put in another pic instead.
Took a rest break along the trail and enjoyed the view for a while.
The incredible views and warm temperatures made for a very pleasant and enjoyable day hike. We set a very leisurely pace and hiked a little less than five miles along the ridge of the canyon.
Got canyon day hike?
As usual, RW was....
Staying way above the water line!