|Down Ash Canyon from an Intermediate High Point
|Turtlehead Peak rises behind Ash Canyon
|Eye Candy from inside Gateway Canyon
|Sunrise on Dragon & Turtlehead Peaks
|Making our way over to Ash Canyon at base of Calico Hills
The sun was rising on the colorful sandstone but the northeast wind gusts were cold. It would still be a couple of hours before the sun's heat would cut through the wind and begin to warm us up.
|Red Springs / Angel Pass at Left
|Girl Scout Trail
|Discussion at Entrance to Ash Canyon
|Ash Canyon Awaits
Instead of crossing the wash and joining the easier trail on the right side of the canyon, we stayed on the left side trail. This trail is a little more difficult.
|Lots of Dicey Spots
|A Particularly Dicey Spot
|Looking at a Rock Climbing Route
We turned right into Upper Gateway and dealt with the first few obstacles. The limestone gets very slick in this area and a lot of care must be taken.
|Into the Wash after the First High Point
If you are careful, this section of Gateway Canyon is beautiful with a lot of different colors; especially as you hike into the sandstone from the limestone.
|Following the Southwest Side Trail
|Breaking at Overlook
|Joining Rattlesnake Trail with view of Gray Cap Peak
The obstacle that remains the same is the first big drop. Before you reach it, you are faced with a decision to right or left. Trust me. The left is a huge drop that is only viable when the gravel is really high at its bottom. Not today.
|Rattlesnake Trail at Upper Gateway Junction
After taking a look, we all went to the right at the fork and did the drop as usual in three or four parts. No change here.
|Upper Gateway Slick Limestone
|Heading into Colorful Sandstone
We didn't park here, so we bypassed this trailhead and hiked a short distance down the same gravel road and turned left onto a trail just past the Ash Creek wash.
|Following Gateway's Gravel Wash
Since we have been using the Kraft Mountain Trailhead a lot more lately, we have not used the creek trail much since Chris used to take us this way.
Woohoo! Back at Red Rock!
Stats: 6.5 miles; 1200' gain; 4 hours
|Joining the Kraft Mountain Loop Trail
|Circling the South end of Kraft Mountain
|Last Leg back to the Cars