A short (less than 3 miles round trip) and simple hike down to a wash where a left turn is made to hike up to first see a 30' falls and then a climb to a 70' falls. I hear it's awesome so off we go except.....
….while a beautiful setting, especially as the canyon narrows but also......
….dangerous. Since the early '80's, 31 people have died in here and many more injured, including a man we happened upon who had fallen while trying to down climb a wall. He had missed a trail that offers an alternative and for that mistake, broke an ankle. Only one way to get him out of here as you'll see.
There was a healthy flow of water, fed by melting snow. Some of the routes up stream were under water so we were forced to do a lot of boulder hopping and climbing.
We were about to follow these people to the south side of the canyon where access to the first set of falls is achieved when.....
…..a helicopter swooped in, made a few circles and reined in the injured hiker. Very much enjoyed watching the rescue but alas, we had not allotted enough time for the hike so had to turn around. We'll be back to finish it in the near future.
Returning to our car, it is amazing how many vehicles and personnel respond to these rescues.