On Wednesday, Marilyn, Marie, and I visited Funnel Arch. We had tried to go there several years ago, but came to a steep section, supposedly still class 3, which we weren’t certain we could down-climb. This year, we came equipped with a rope, climbing harnesses, and gear for setting up an anchor. Marie did the moves up the tricky section and used a stout tree for an anchor. She gave me a belay, allowing me to climb get past that section safely. I belayed Marilyn and then belayed Marie up and down the route several times so that she could both practice the moves and also transport both her and her Mom’s backpacks to where Marilyn and I were waiting. After our visit to Funnel Arch, Marie rappelled down in order to get more practice with rappelling. After Marilyn and I both rappelled down, she took down the anchor and then down-climbed the route (with me spotting).
I don’t have any photos of this section – we were all to busy with rope management, etc.
Marie and Marilyn at Funnel Arch:
Marie taking a well deserved break beneath Funnel Arch:
Looking down on the Colorado River and Kane Creek Road:
Our car is far below us in this photo. Marie spotted some bolted anchors for rappelling here, but neither she nor Marilyn wanted to descend via these anchors. I’m not certain that our rope would have reached to the bottom anyway – we would probably need two ropes to get down via these anchors.
Somewhat beyond the arch, I noticed a fin blocking our view of what was beyond. I scrambled up a low part of the fin to see what was on the other side. I have read that a climb up the arch – or perhaps the fin that I saw – can be used as a gateway to the “Behind the Rocks” area. This looks like a fun area to explore.
On my way back to where Marilyn and Marie were waiting, I got this photo of the other side of Funnel Arch:
On Tuesday, Marilyn, Marie, and I hiked to Delicate Arch and back. After that, we paid a visit to the Windows area.
The park roads are closed between 7 pm and 7 am this year. Ours was one of hundreds of cars which showed up on that day at the 7 am opening. It seemed that most of the traffic was headed towards Delicate Arch. I’ve never seen it busier. We got there early enough to easily get parking at the newly expanded lot for the Delicate Arch Trailhead. The Windows area was extremely busy – parking there was very difficult when we visited later in the day.
This is the corral at Wolfe Ranch:
This is a view from early in the hike:
The trail goes up a massive slickrock slab:
Marie sat on this ledge and did some sketching:
Marie, walking back along that slickrock ledge.
When we got to the Windows area, we hiked the “primitive” trail in an attempt to get away from the crowds. We were successful for perhaps five minutes. This is a view of the South Window and North Window from that trail.
This is a view of the South Window. Marie is below the arch, looking for ways to climb up into the Window. We started over towards the North Window, but she told me that she wanted to go back to make a more serious try at climbing into the Window. Her Dad spotted her, but also reminded her that whatever she climbed up, she also had to down-climb – and down-climbing is a lot harder. (Marie and the rest of her family got a chance to do some easy climbing on Wednesday.)
Marie, at the top of one of the ladders:
More views of Sipapu bridge:
Marilyn and Marie…
This is the underside of Kachina Bridge. I found it hard to get compelling pictures of the entire bridge due to the trees on each side of the bridge. The other bridge at the monument is named “Owachomo”. We stopped at the view area and saw the bridge. I have a few photos, but they’re nothing special. To get better photos, I should have hiked at least part way down to the bridge.
Marilyn’s photos from this hike:
Mike, Bob, Linda, Sara, Dorinda, and I hiked 10.6 miles on the Dixie Mine, Prospector, Bell Pass, Windmill, Coachwhip, and Dixie Mine (again, for the return) trails. Our total ascent on this hike was a bit over 1500 feet.
A view of the McDowells from the Dixie Mine Trail:
This is the adit (horizontal entrance) for the Dixie Mine.
Sara, Dorinda, Linda, Mike, and Bob hiking up the Prospector Trail.
Looking up from the Prospector Trail:
A view from the Bell Pass Trail:
Views of Weaver’s Needle and the Flatiron from the Coachwhip Trail:
On Sunday, I hiked the North Peak Trail with a visit to the North Peak in the Mazatzals. Hike distance was nearly 11 miles with around 4,000 feet of total ascent.
Bob and Mike, who accompanied me for part of the hike, can be see in this photo.
I think this is Manzanita fruit:
This was a photo from the summit. If you look closely, you’ll see a lot of flying ladybugs. I didn’t spend much time at the summit because I was in a hurry to start back down.
This is a close-up of the flowers from the above photo.
Not too far away from the cacti with the flowers, I found this marker. I was hoping that it would state the elevation, but I don’t see it on this marker. There may be another nearby marker with that information. I don’t think that this was actually the highest point.
This flower reminds me of a Mariposa Lily, accept that it’s purple instead of orange.
I got this shot in late afternoon on my way back to the trailhead.