|Liberty Bell Arch|
|Three Red Barrels and the Mighty Colorado River|
|Wash and Trail|
|Hiking Down the White Rock Canyon Trail|
Then we started out down the wide wash under the highway bridge. This is also the beginning of the Arizona Hot Springs Trail. We followed the official hot springs wash trail for approximately 0.9 miles. At the Liberty Bell Arch Trail junction, there is often an arrow in the gravel pointing to the right turn. If there isn't, look for a trail leading gently up through a wash just past a sandstone wall to the right.
|Liberty Bell Arch Trail Junction|
|Old Mine Sled|
We passed the old mine sled and dropped down to the ruins of the old manganese mine below. Checking out the inside of the mine, we found old rusted buckets, wood and train rails.
|Scott Explores the Old Manganese Mine|
|Hiking to the Arch (Vertical Rock on Right is Side of Arch)|
Today's cloudy skies gave the desert a different appearance. Not necessarily bad. Just different. Colorful in a monochrome sort of way! However, the red barrel cacti were spots of bright red. Usually, these cacti are redder after a rain. Another sign of recent rain was the plumpness of the beaver tail cacti. Many of these opuntias had bites taken out of their leaves. Tortoises enjoy this delicacy!
|Climbing Past Arch to River Overlook|
|Climbing Up to the Plateau|
|Break Time at the River Overlook|
|Camping, Boating & Kayaking on the Colorado River|
|Six Hikers in the Arch|
|Possibly a Defunct Hot Spring Area|
Statistics: 5.25 miles; 1400 feet elevation gain; 3.5 hours
|Eleven Hikers Leaving the Arch Area|
|Two Red Barrel Cacti|