merlin

X30 on Off-Trail Hike

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We set out for an adventure on this warm and beautiful day.  Rather than follow the well-marked trail, we went off in a southwesterly direction, climbing up and skirting the base of cliffs and rocky ridges.  There were many wonderful rock formations, large boulders, and gnarled trees.

 

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Footing was fairly treacherous in many parts, with steep drops in case we got careless. Near the end we had to scramble up and over a rock slide, almost on all fours, to get to the top of the mesa.  But the views were extraordinary!

 

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With nary another soul to be seen, other than the soaring resident ravens, the stillness and solitude were deeply nurturing, and as always the magnificence of nature uplifting and inspiring.

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