Friday, April 29, 2016

Valley Trail - 4/29/16

Oak Creek Wash & Rainbow Peak

Trail and Red Rock Canyon Escarpment

Full House
 Two club members set out to pre-hike an easy hike along the valley north of Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. It was good to do a pre-hike for this trail since portions of the trail are very faint and junctions are difficult to locate in some instances. Nevertheless, the hike is a good one and includes a couple of hills, beautiful rocky washes and views of the Red Rock Canyon NCA escarpment from beginning to end. This trail can be connected by other trails along the same line to have end points at the Red Rock Overlook pullout on Highway 159 and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.

Oak Creek Road Junction
 The total mileage for the entire length one way would be around 4 miles. We began at the Scenic Loop Exit and turned around at the First Creek Trail for a 5 mile out and back hike. Within our hike, there was a partial loop which increased the hike's interest. We experienced light rain for most of the return hike and enjoyed seeing only a handful of other hikers and several rabbits and lizards.

5 miles; 300 feet elevation gain; 2.25 hours

Rain Clouds Make Appearance at First Creek Trail Junction

Dodging Light Rain on Return

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