After I posted yesterday’s blog, we headed off to find the trailhead for the hike up the mountain. We walked along the arroyo (dried up river bed) about a half an hour until we came to a cairn that marked the entrance to the trail.
Considering this is a Mexican park, the trail was fairly well marked. We only had to stop a couple of times to double check that we were taking the correct route. But it was a tough trail. Lots of cactus and thorny bushes to try and get around without getting scratched too badly, and we both ended up with thorn pricks quite a few times. Whiskey would not have enjoyed this hike and we knew this ahead of time so she stayed behind to guard
View of the valley before the sun got on us.
A funny looking bug along the way
About when we decided to turn around.
However, we only made it about half way. We had been told that it was about 3 hours to the top, and that’s if you keep up a pretty good pace. But one hour into it the sun was on us and it was really hot, especially with a steep uphill climb. Sweating like a pig, and drinking lots of water! We had brought about 3 litres and we figured that when the first two were gone it was time to turn around. So that’s what we did. That left one bottle between us to get back down which was, of course, much less strenuous than going up.
Heading back towards Sherman who is waiting on the other side of the gap between the mountains.
So we still managed a nice view of the valley even though we didn’t make it to the top. We think the only way to do that hike at this time of year would be to leave at about 5:00am and do most of your climb in the dark.
Ruth in the pool...except it's only about half full!
We relaxed by the pool for the afternoon. There is only one other group here, 4 young guys who are climbers and they were gone most of the day. The pool water was cold and refreshing, but it was still only about half full yesterday. This morning, I can see that it is full! So I think this will be another relax by the pool type of day!