Mike OC and Jim Boone contributed photos and narration for the Cholla Forest hike on Saturday. Mike's comments are as follows:
And hike we did, as 44 ABF members turned out for the two Saturday offerings, 21 driving to the Valley of Fire and 23 more making the journey to Lake Mead.
Chuck & Joan Hawkins chaired the Lake outing with a spirited trek to the picturesque Cholla Forest. Also called "Seven Falls," their route took us up a dry wash hard by the shores of Lake Mead. Bottlenecks were inevitable as we encountered the seven obstacles, but onward and upward we trudged. Chuck always managed to lead us around and over the impediments that stood in our path.
So as not to backtrack on the same route to the trailhead, we made a loop of the day's outing, finding a different wash for the descent. But it was no less difficult going down, as more dry falls would hamper our downward climb. And then, rounding a bend in the wash, Lake Mead suddenly appeared before us. What a splendid sight! It was time to close the door on Cholla Forest. Seven miles and some five hours later, we did just that.