More rain overnight and once again, the lingering clouds produce some dramatic images. The area has received 2" more rain than normal for the year and so that is good and really, the rain mostly has been at night so not impacting my activities. Actually enhances them. I am readying myself for a truly epic hike on Thursday, to Reavis Ranch in the eastern Superstitions. It's a bucket list type hike and I have been watching for it for 5 years to pop up on one of the groups I follow and so it has. An hour drive must be navigated via high clearance, 4WD so I'll be up at 4am, meet a group and head to the trail head.
This wash was dry yesterday but with soaked ground and an inch of rain last night, the water is flowing.
The water flow is nothing like Sunday's when I mentioned the use of a helicopter for SAR. Turns out a woman was swept off a bridge but managed to grab a tree down river but unable to reach the shore. The helicopter dropped a line and pulled her out.
I am headed to Romaro Canyon and the pools. I pause to take what I have now seen only twice, water flowing in this wash.
Odd how clouds are in front of the 3 main peaks on Pusch Ridge, Table, Bighorn and Pusch.
Water is flowing through every side canyon and after climbing around 1000', I am nearing the clouds on another cool day of low 70's. Normal high is upper 80's and we will return to the norm in a couple of days.
At about mile 3, I enter the bottom of Romero Canyon and encounter a strong flow of water. Easily the highest volume I have witnessed. I did some poking around but could find no way across by boulder hopping and did not want to take off the shoes and socks again. After a few minutes.....
….headed back, finishing with 6 miles and a bit nervous about doing 15 on Thursday. Will go buy a new pair of hiking socks.