Pathfinder | 80 pts
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND BRINGING A HARNESS & ROPE, IF YOUR HIKING COMPANIONS INCLUDE MEDIUM TO LARGE DOG(S) AND/OR SMALL CHILDREN.
This hike offers a dry slot canyon with spectacular, otherworldly scenery. This trail is mostly easy with a handful of short, technical sections. The trip usually takes me 4-6 hrs, if hiking the loop with children and/or dog(s), I recommend hiking during the late fall & winter, or very early in the morning during spring school holidays & the summer.
Two days ago, the first 1/4 section section was swarming with children, and it appeared that many were unsupervised because they ran wild. Trash littered the trailhead. Lines of 12 people or more waited to use the two restrooms. Adults wandered about in flip flops, fussing with cell phone phones and colliding with people or tripping over their own two feet. Parents were yelling at each other and calling out the names of lost or misplaced family members. Not one BLM Ranger or staff member made an appearance to control the crowd or protect the land, wildlife & other natural resources. It. Was. Chaos.
But, after scaling the first climb over 7ft, the crowds disappeared, some wildlife made an appearance, and people were polite & smiling all around, making it all worth the hassle of navigating the chaos. The remaining 7 miles was great fun!