It had been awhile since we last saw Spring Canyon Bottom. It's a good trail to run with Hey Joe Canyon, and we really didn't have a great time the last time we were on that trail. However, we had heard that the BLM had the tamerisk somewhat under control in that area, and it was time to check out the trail one more time.
Andrew was still pretty delirious in the morning and didn't get up in time to join us. Robert had some more work to do on his Jeep so he also stayed behind. They ended up running the Trifecta (Poison Spider Mesa, Golden Spike and Gold Bar Rim) but didn't take any pictures.
The rest of us found the trailhead easily enough using our GPS track from years ago. We aired down and headed down the easy dirt road. It's definitely an easy trail while you're still above the canyon, but the views are amazing. We made note of Tombstone Butte, a rock we'd be seeing throughout the day.
We were soon at the top of the canyon just before the switchbacks that head down to the bottom. We all got out and enjoyed the views, and it seemed that no one wanted to get too close to the edge. The skies were blue and the temperatures were already pretty warm. It was promising to be a toasty day.
We headed down the switchbacks, enjoying the fun on the way down. It really is a great descent. It always ends too soon, though, and we were quickly at the bottom.
We worked our way through the canyon and soon found the trailhead for Hey Joe Canyon. We passed it, planning on coming back after finishing Spring Canyon Bottom.
The last time we were there, the trail simply got too narrow to continue. We were wondering what we'd find this time around. When we got to the point where we had turned around before, the trail continued around a tippy spot.
We kept driving next to the river and really enjoyed the views. Then the trail just ended at a sign. Luckily, we weren't too stacked up. Julie was first and she turned around at the end and came back to a wide spot in the trail. Then everyone went to the end and turned around, one by one. It worked out very well.
It was really getting hot outside. We all applied more sunscreen and headed off to Hey Joe Canyon to see how it was. Spring Canyon Bottom really is a great trail!
We beat Andrew and Robert back to town by many hours. It was a great day.
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