View from the parking area.
It was overcast and cool when we started out, but the clouds soon parted .
We marched across the sagebrush desert, then entered a sandy wash on the way to Hellhole, approximately two miles.
The sand soon turned to rocks, many bigger than bowling balls. It was very tricky walking.
Debating whether we should take a trail to give us a break from the rocky wash.
Bobbie took the lead and up we went. It had finally warmed up to what we Floridians thought was perfect, although the rest of our gang thought it was hot as hell.
Not much farther to go to before we enter the canyon. It seemed like a long 2 miles.
At last we were in Hellhole. Full of huge boulders surrounded by spiraling rock walls.
A nice place to stop and eat a bite.
From here we decided to see how much farther we could go. This next section involved some pretty fun rock scrambling.
Boonie and I decided to stop here, but Jim was anxious to see how much farther they could get. I knew if I were even able to climb up this strategically placed tree limb, I might never get down. Mark and Bobbie were game to go.
Found a few interesting things to photograph while they were gone.
Mark finally came to the end of the road, much to Jim’s dismay.
We could hear lots of banter and laughter as they scrambled their way back down.
They made it back safely and as we were heading down the wash to the cars, I mentioned to Jim that we needed to be careful on these rocks, as it would be so easy to twist an ankle. The words no sooner came out of my mouth when my left ankle landed on a rock the wrong way and turned out from under me. Next thing I knew I was sitting on my butt! I could feel that it was just a mild sprain, but it was an uncomfortable hike back for me as any little twisting movement caused pain.
Bringing up the rear, in my own little hell. Luckily it’s feeling much better today.
We capped off the hike with lunch at Xetava Gardens Café in the nearby Coyote Gulch Art Village. We were the dirtiest, sweatiest people in the place! What a nice day we had.
I found this video of a flash flood in Hellhole Canyon last year. If you need a good reason to stay out of canyons and washes when rain is predicted, this should do it. Enjoy!