From here, we rounded a corner seeing more petroglyphs on the walls to our right, hiked down colorful pothole alley and turned right to view Newspaper Rock.
There was a small beautiful slot canyon nearby. Several hikers went down to explore it during the break. We slid down through the striped color then returned via a trail over land. One hiker decided to explore even further and surprisingly headed out through a canyon. Finding the trail that connected with the Kohta Circus approach trail, he returned later after completing, virtually, a trip around the block! He was almost left there as we were on our way again. The coordinator concedes that counting hikers regularly is essential ....
There are many interesting places to explore in this area. Balancing the time one has to "play" and the amount of time there is daylight ... taking into account whether you wish to drive in the dark ... is delicate.
Greg takes a break while others return from a small slot nearby.
Although the hike was over seven miles, the terrain did not have any significant climbs or descents. It made the mild scrambling seem insignificant as well. But, as this is being written the next day, the writer and coordinator of the hike is here to tell you that she is sufficiently sore! Sore but extremely appreciative of everyone who joined her and enjoyed this amazing area. We all need to help support the Friends of Gold Butte's bid to make Gold Butte a National Conservation Area.