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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.

Annie’s Canyon via North Rio’s Trail San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

Activity: Day Hike

Date: March 8, 2019

Solana Beach, California, 2 miles, 134’ elevation change, 1 hour duration

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is a pleasant walk beside a saltwater marsh area, along a trail filled with lush greenery. It is fairly flat until you venture upon Annie’s Canyon. What a delight working through this little slot canyon. It was so cool, more than I expect with a tight squeeze, twists and turns as you went up. Annie’s Canyon was different then other slot canyons I have been to. It was close quarters, just room for one at a time and it went up in elevation. Others slots I have been in where fairly flat, but this had a bit of a climb. The sign said strenuous, but I would not describe it that way. I with describe it as fun.

This is the entrance to the slot Canyon know as Annie’s Canyon at Solana Beach in San Diego County.

The San Diego area near the beach is always so lush and it is particularly green with all the rain we have had of late.

Just look at that wild hillside lots of greenery.
Wild flowers blooming along the path.
This shows the saltwater marsh in the background looking toward the beach.

Spring is close, beautiful flowers.

I was not expecting this slot canyon to be this cool, winding back and for as it moved up.

Not sure if you can tell from the picture, but this is going up at a pretty good angle.

This ladder may look rickety, however it was quite securely fastened to the sandstone.

From the View Point looking out over the top of a portion of Annie’s Canyon.
A couple nice photos looking out over the hillside, the saltwater marsh and Solana Beach.

I was pleasantly surprised by this outing, it was more than I expected and very enjoyable.

Arizona Hot Springs

Location: NW Arizona, SE of Las Vegas, just south of Hoover Dam.
Time: Late Fall/Early Winter.
Activity: Day hike.

Left Las Vegas, Nevada with a friend. Headed Southeast over the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge into Mohave County, Arizona. Crossed Highway 93 long before the Chloride turnoff and parked in a paved parking lot. Gathered daypack, followed the trail under U.S. 93 and headed towards the Colorado River. The hike was, well, see for yourself!

~Roger