Thursday, February 14, 2013

Grand Canyon National Park: Dripping Springs

Today was the last day of Fundamentals II at the Albright Center. It was a half-day of classes and since I have some time before I need to be back in Carlsbad, I decided to go for a hike before I left the Grand Canyon. I opted to head west and hike the trail from Hermit's Rest to Dripping Springs.

The hike started in cold but calm, sunny conditions.
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The trail started on the rim and soon headed down into a side canyon. Parts of the trail bed were lined with rock riprap.
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It made for a visually interesting hiking surface. The views off to the side of the trail were great as usual. After I reached a flat area the trail headed into a drainage and skirted around its side. There were lots of great views.
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Soon I reached the intersection of two trails, I took the one that headed to Dripping Springs.
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I saw a few people as I hiked, mostly guys out hiking alone like me.

Eventually I found myself at Dripping Springs.
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While it wasn't the most spectacular place I had ever hiked to, it was interesting nonetheless. I spent a little bit of time exploring the area and found the foundation of a trough reputed to have been used by a hermit who lived there to raise goldfish in.
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I then hit the trail to retrace my steps to the car. Again there were great views, somewhat changed from earlier due to the changing angle of the sun.
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