Sunday, April 5, 2015

Terrace Canyon - 3/31/15

Terrace Canyon Route

The Last Left Fork Ahead

Redbuds and Water - It's going to be a good day!

Finding Ways Around the Water
 On Tuesday, sixteen great hikers did their annual trip to Terrace Canyon. It was a beautiful day. There was still a lot of water in the canyon. And, the redbuds had bloomed!  They began their hike at the Pine Creek trailhead off of the scenic loop of Red Rock Canyon NCA. The approach led down the hill, past the old Wilson foundation and into the south fork of Pine Creek ... the left side of Mescalito Peak. This is the first left fork of the three left forks plus a right fork which is the essential route to get to Terrace Canyon. The water was an obstacle for the first part of the canyon climb but this wasn't these sixteen hikers' first rodeo!

Susan Murphy was behind the camera, always a pleasure! And, Mike OC offered a few words as written below. ... Again, always a pleasure.

Strenuous Scrambling Ensues


Up Some More

Last Fork is Brushy
 “Who are these guys?” Sixteen brightly colored human beings dining in my backyard. So exclaimed the baby ewe, as she slowly descended from her vantage point high atop the ridge line. Closer and closer she came, until she was nearly in our midst.  

It was a balmy Tuesday morning and we were deep into Pine Creek Canyon, taking our snack break at the very apex of the Terraces. Mouths agape, we watched as the incredible scene unfolded in front of us. 

Reaching the Terraces

Water and Algae at the Terraces

Lunchtime at The Terraces

Do ti do ti do - I wonder what's going on down here.
Like a matronly schoolmarm, she perched just above us. Stern, stoic, impertinent. No trepidation, no fear. And she was slowly running out of patience. “Are you people done yet? This is my house, you know.”  

We got the message. Not wanting to overstay our welcome, we packed up, bid our hostess adieu and began our long descent. Thanks for having us over for lunch.

Vitals: 5 hours, 6 miles, 1600 vertical feet, 16 mammals, 1 sheep. 
I'm looking at them. They're looking at me. What?

Nature's Art


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