Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ash Canyon Overlook - 11/7/09

Ash Canyon Overlook is a 2.5 mile hike through and around the Calico Hills to reach the top of Ash Canyon where you can sit and take in the view of the canyon and beyond through Calico Basin. The elevation gain of around 250 feet is climbed once or twice depending on how far you go.

We had 38 great hikers attend the excursion today which began on the Calico Tanks Trail at Sandstone Quarry. We turned left at a junctioning wash and continued through the rocks and gravel until we reached two different slot canyons which brought us through the gorgeous sandstone hills to an overview of the Calico Hills and Escarpment beyond. Turtlehead Peak was overlooking our position. That hike was for another day!

We hiked around the sandstone hills with the peak called Red Cap above us and then dropped down to the Ash Canyon saddle below. Many hikers stopped here for a rest. The rest-less hikers went a little further to a second overlook point down the canyon. Wherever you chose to stop, there were views of color and grandeur. (See first picture!) The short hike did not disappoint and we came home happy! ... and maybe a little winded!

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