Ventana Canyon, a gateway to The Window and Window Peak but well short of those wonderful destinations is Maiden Pools. With a difficult hike coming on Saturday, Amy and I picked the Pools for an easier hike.
A weather system passing to our north brought in some thin clouds to our region. Clouds seem to add drama to the long range vistas.
The trail crosses the canyon floor multiple times with no a bunch of climbing until.....
....we encounter the canyon wall. Now the climbing begins in earnest and once again, the monsoon inspired grass growth is impressive. We had passed a couple of signs warning we were entering a burn area but we saw nothing to suggest a fire had passed any place where we walked.
After about 2 miles, we begin a descent to the broad, slick rock area that houses the pools.
There was a trickle of water moving through the canyon, keeping the pools full. It's a beautiful area and we enjoyed relaxing for a bit before we began the short climb back to the Ventana Canyon trail.
Reaching the high point of the trail, we spotted a cairn and took this awesome picture.
After descending to the canyon floor, I noticed movement and saw this good example of a centipede. Eventually, we finished our hike with 5.4 miles and 1300' of climbing.