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Sharing Arizona Hot Springs

Activity: Day Hike

Date: March 19, 2019

Arizona, (Down stream of Hoover Dam)

6 miles, 5.5 hours in duration, over 1,200′ in elevation change, rated Moderate.

It is always fun to share a hike with family and friends. To share the Arizona Hot Springs five out of five star hike is something special. This hike really has just about everything: desert, canyon, slot canyon, hot spring, Colorado River, beauty and with enough elevation to give you a workout.

This is a well traveled hike and on an early Spring weekday with temperatures in the 70’s we encountered about as many hikers as degrees on the thermometer, which is not to bad on a 6 mile hike (7.5 miles for us according to my health app. We took a couple little side tours.)

Sharing the trail with family and friends is something special. On this trip I enjoyed the company of my son, daughter, and her boyfriend.

The hike starts out in the desert headed toward canyons.

I took this hike at Thanksgiving and the difference is over the winter the Southwest has encounter an abundance rain and even the desert is greener with wildflowers Springing up.

This hillside was not green the last time I saw it.
Arizona Hot Springs, there are three pools. The first one is so hot that you almost have to run through it. The second is just right like a hot tub, and the third one is Luke warm.

Probably a good idea to have some sort of water shoes to change into out of your hike shoes. The warm water softens your feet making the gravel unpleasant.

Just after the hot springs is a tall ladder wet from the waterfall of warm water falling adjacent to it.
Here we are at the Colorado River.

No reason to change back into hiking clothes with the nice temperatures.
The Colorado River has an emerald green color to it. It you look along the trail, perched high with death on three sides you will see my son Alec. Be careful!
Here is another picture zoomed in. Quite a view from up there.

I guess ducks like cashews…

Pursuing Balance through Adventure

Two knights coming to the aid of a damsel in distress…
Love hiking this canyon

Thanks for joining me Pursuing Balance through Adventure. Leave a comment, follow my blog, but most of all get out there and enjoy the beauty and adventure.

Fossil Ridge

Location: Near Red Rock, outside of Las Vegas, Nevada

Time: Early Winter

Activity: Day Hike

Fossil Ridge day hike was a solo adventure that I did in Nevada the day after Christmas 2018. It was under 5 miles with a climb in elevation of under 1,000 feet. The hike was rated moderate. It was a gorgeous day, and a good way to try and work off some of the treats from the holiday. The location is near Red Rock, which to me is almost spiritual it is so beautiful, and a must do anytime I am near Vegas. Usually I am hiking on the opposite side of the road that runs through the area, and closer to the mountains and to Red Rock, but this perspective was very special as you have the full expanse of that view. The Fossil Ridge Loop day hike worked its way along the cliff of a canyon which was very interesting. The other thing I really liked about the hike was at times I felt like I was hiking through a cactus garden.

Here the trail is along a cliff with the canyon below. This picture doesn’t really show the steepness, because it doesn’t capture the depth perception. When I stood on the side of the cliff peering over the side the updraft below my hat off and back about 15 feet.
It was like hiking in a cactus garden.
In the distance you can see Red Rock.

 

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It was in this area that I spied a pretty good sized jack rabbit.

 

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A very enjoyable little hike.