First Hike of 2013

Nick and I went out to Red Rock Canyon to take advantage of the first really nice day of 2013 – it reached 75 degrees! One of our 1001 goals is to do every Red Rock Canyon Hike (except the scary one people die on), so after perusing the list, we chose First Creek Canyon. It’s listed as an easy to moderate hike of 3 miles, but a slight detour on the way back made it more like 4.5 to 5 miles for us.

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Here’s Nick looking all fresh right at the beginning of our hike. It starts right off of Charleston and you head straight back through open desert to the mountainy areas you see in the back.

 

We didn’t see anything too exciting – some Joshua trees, yucca plants and cholla cacti.¬†Also, rocks that are red – shocking to find in Red Rock Canyon.

The hike description mentioned the possibility of encountering seasonal streams and waterfalls in the canyon on “unimproved trails.” We continued our hike on into the canyon, but didn’t have any luck finding water of any sort. Nick still felt really accomplished though:

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Pro Tip: Don’t be too lazy to change into your hiking socks. You will probably end up with a lot of blisters if you don’t.

 

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