Sunday, March 2, 2014
Hike 2014.011 -- Sawpit Wash and Rubio Canyon
So instead of starting my hike around 8am, finishing around 10am, then going to Best Buy, I wound up going to Starbuck's, for coffee, breakfast, and to read the paper, then going to Von's for fruits and soda.
Did all of this slowly, as I now needed to stall until 10am.
That's the plus of an unimproved trailhead--no gate and no one to stop me from hiking in the rain.
As it was, I saw plenty of evidence of small slides and earth movement as a result of the recent rains. Some of that is visible in the second picture in this post.
The trails in Rubio Canyon are largely narrow, and not nearly as hardened as the other trails I would have taken this day, so I was not surprised to see the erosion. I simply walked carefully, and avoided edges where possible.
That made for plenty of pretty cascades (see the last photo in this post). That also meant a little bit more balancing and boots in water as I made my way up the trail. It wasn't anything to brag about, but it was more water than normally makes it down the river. Part of that may be because the PVC piping that the water company uses to divert some of the flow of Rubio Wash into their covered reservoir had come apart. It's not a huge pipe, and the water isn't exactly gushing through the pipes. But it does add a bit to the creek flow.
a hike with the water as high as I've seen it, yet. Another hike to that area (with views of the falls further up the "trail" are here. Those were both in March 2011. I'm thinking that must have been the wettest of years over the past four. Additional details on the actual hike and the possible trail heads are included in those posts.
By the way, I'm thinking the foliage near the falls is getting thicker, so the falls are getting more obscured as time goes on.
Oh, also, the previous shot in this post is looking over the lip of Moss Grotto Falls.
I figure heading up Grand Chasm and the Thalehaha Falls overlook adds another 3/4 of a mile (and probably triples the degree of difficulty). Even if you're just going to the first falls, however, the trail is somewhat narrow in spots, and you will need to use your hands in places.
I'll call it two miles here, and one mile roundtrip on my unsuccessful attempt to hike up Monrovia Canyon. A short three miles in distance, total.