Still Colorful in Trail Canyon
The photos to the left show members in today's hike climbing "The Wall." (That infamous scree field.)
Jackets were donned at the trailhead and the climb began. After an interminable summer of Trail Canyon ascents, today's cadre was more than familiar with the agonizing jaunt to the saddle, perhaps the longest two miles in America. From the saddle, we picked up the North Loop Trail and continued up past Cave Springs, arriving at our jumping-off spot--The Wall. The infamous Wall is a nasty 40-degree, 550-foot vertical scree field. Two steps forward, one back. Hike Leader Steve Anderson solemnly intoned that this was the crux of the hike. There's that damn word again--crux. It seems to surface regularly on the Tuesday outings. Why is there always a crux?