It was a Super Sunday Hike today as ten hikers took on Gray Cap Peak through Scramble Canyon, a canyon that leads almost straight up to Gray Cap from Lower Gateway Canyon. This canyon takes the hiker through a white / yellow layer of sandstone, continues through a deep red layer then another white layer before finishing on the gray limestone layer that tops the sandstone. Over the course of the 5.5 mile hike, we climbed a total of 2200 feet in elevation and averaged a little less than a mile an hour.
As we reached Chapter Two, the red layer, someone spotted a fox staring down at us from its lookout.
We happily continued our steep scrambling into the red layer. We were always aware of the trickiness of the loose boulders and exposure to the abyss.
Eventually, we reached an area of small tenajas at the bases of cascading waterfalls. We edged up the waterfalls to the left then crossed over the top of one.
(By the way, if anyone knows what the actual name of this canyon is, feel free to let me know!)
We didn't stay long on the top due to the aforementioned rain clouds ... not to add the few sprinkles that we tried our best to ignore.
We finally reached the meadow and then Gateway Canyon. The climb up to the saddle was dubbed "The Epilogue" and we quickly descended Five Stop Hill and returned to the cars. The hike was a definite workout but we all enjoyed the day down to the last step!