We started before 8 am and there was plenty of shade for the pups.
We stopped at the visitor center to use the restrooms. A herd of deers were there to greet us. Beautiful creatures, aren’t they? We were less than 50 feet away from one of them. Xena and Momo did great. They stayed calm and watched the beautiful creatures move gracefully. So cool!
Before start to gain elevation, we had to pass through this small section called The Narrows where we were surrounded by interesting rock formation and smell. There is also a tiny creek running between the rock formation that made frothy tar. Xena always gets excited in this part of the trail. The scent must be intoxicating for her advanced nose. All I smell is sulfur though. Here it is about 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the trail.Clear view of the canyon was breathtaking on a chilly November morning.
This hike is 5.7 miles in total when you do it as a loop and is rated moderate. For trailhead and parking information, click here. You will notice that scenery looks different in the spring time with wildflowers. 🙂