Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cave Springs - 8/21/14

Entrance to Cave Springs Area

Mike Stands at the Spring in the Cave Area

 Six hikers decided that today would be a good day to take a short and sweet hike up to Cave Springs. We drove up Kyle Canyon Road, turned onto Echo Drive and found the Trail Canyon trailhead parking. Our hike up the two miles of the steep Trail Canyon was non-stop. Steady climbing did the trick as we watched puffy clouds come floating over the ridges. The air was cool and damp and didn't change throughout the hike. At the saddle, we cooled our heels for just a couple of minutes then turned left onto the North Loop Trail.

Mt. Charleston from Trail Canyon
 From this section of the trail, we could see Kyle Canyon, the South Loop ridge and Mt. Charleston. The puffy clouds were getting heavy with moisture but they remained over the South Loop and Charlie.

Hikers on the North Loop Trail

 At the Cave Springs area, we climbed up to the cave area and inspected the spring water as it merely dripped down the rock wall. When we returned down to the trail, we saw that the horse trough was completely dry. Our break was short as the six strong hikers were quickly ready for the return trip. The heavy clouds stayed out of our way as we made our descent. Back at the cars, we left to go back to the hot valley below.

5.5 miles; 2000 feet elevation gain; 2.5 hours

Inspecting the Dripping Spring

The Dry Horse Trough

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