Today we headed up Sand Creek Road and then further up the Great Western Trail.
Today's goal was to walk over to the cliff face and then down the length of it staying as close as possible.
I also hoped to stay in the sun as much as possible as it was 43F when we got there.
I call these the Eagle Cliffs because I have seen eagles floating over them.
In order to reach the face we had to climb in and out of two fairly good washes.
It's not obvious from the other side of the canyon but the cliff has numerous small side canyons.
No eagles today but a crow kept Biff entertained by floating along the cliff edge, he always watches birds.
In this particular side canyon something very large flapped its wings, but I never did see what it was.
Backtracking a little to find a path over to the other side of the canyon gave a great view
of our ending marker and Torrey down below.
Biff definitely has an affinity for posing on rocks.
Crossing the canyon was quite a bit harder down here, the second wash we crossed at the top had become very deep with vertical
banks over 100 feet tall. We mostly walked back up the stream bed which had a small flow of water, it was dim and wintery
down in the bottom with ice patches. The summer's rains had flooded the wash several times and it was quite rugged. Eventually
the smaller wash branched off from the main one and we were able to go up it to a place where we followed a deer path
out onto the Great Western Trail only about 100 yards from the truck.
This particular rock face always catches the setting sun perfectly.
The Henry Mountains look quite serene in the distance.