Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Arizona Hot Springs - 1/9/13
Today's hike was to the Arizona Hot Springs located near the Colorado River only a couple of miles downstream from Hoover Dam. Jerry Thomas sends us these brief words and photos of the hike.
It was a beautiful day for a hike down to the river. Sharon Rennie and I identified a large raptor we saw while we were standing at the river's edge as a juvenile bald eagle. There was a single bather at the lower pool when we got there. The upper pool was much hotter. There were, I think, eleven of us today.
The hike begins at the White Rock Canyon trailhead off of Highway 93. It takes the hiker under the highway bridge and straight down a winding tumbling canyon to the river. From there, the hike leads downstream along the river for a quarter of a mile and stops for a break on the river rocks where there is a pit toilet for your convenience. Scrambling up into the canyon here over slippery hot springs covered rocks, you find a twenty foot ladder bolted to the rock. Climb the ladder and enter the pools coming out the other end. Climb out of the hottest part of the springs and the hike continues up this canyon. About mile up, the trail turns off to the left where it goes up over a saddle and drops the hiker back into the original canyon about a half mile from the cars.