Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Virlis Fisher & Bridge Spring Arches - 1/31/12
Nelson's Landing, about five miles west in Eldorado Canyon, is noted for washing into Lake Mohave in 1974 after a strong downpour in the regional mountains sent the runoff down the channels and produced a flash flood. There are five wide channels that run from the local mountains toward the river. The problem is that they all converge into a small outlet where Nelson's Landing was.
Much of Nelson, which was not impacted by the 1974 flood, remains today and is located way up the wash, away from the flood channels. The sparsely populated community consists mainly of privately owned ranch houses, and a river and mining tour business housed in a former Texaco gas station that has been used as a filming location for several feature films, including 3000 Miles to Graceland.
Ninety minutes later the clouds began to dissipate and a welcoming sun had us shedding outer garments. Doggedly trailing the sun across the cerulean sky was a waxing gibbous moon. And framed directly above our heads was the first destination of the morning--Virlis Fisher Arch. One final scramble up a dicey scree slope and--voila! One down, one to go.
Following an early lunch beneath the arch, Chris led us down the tricky slope and on toward Arch Number Two. That would be another site that sees very little foot traffic, the Bridge Spring Arch. After the obligatory photos and a few climbing shenanigans on deteriorating rock, we were off once again--through the swales and across the ridges. The undulating 4-mile trek had us back at the trailhead at the crack of noon. It was time to return to the Big City.