Hike #35 The Very Top of Carr Falls
Anybody who knows me even just a little bit is aware of how much I love waterfalls. This is why I got so excited about the rain on Tuesday and my subsequent trip up to Carr Falls. But if you remember from that post
I really wanted to go much further, but it was too close to dark for comfort.
So, come Thursday morning I made the command decision that I was going back to the falls; and not only that I was going to climb all the way to the very top, to a place I (nor most other people) had been before.
First a quick caveat from a post I made in our county Facebook group:
I did not go beyond the fence to this dangerous area, but I did go off the trail and climb some fairly vertical rock faces to get to the pool in the first photo at the top. This hike is probably not for the faint of heart (cough, cough, Todd). But if you are adventerous and experienced, the payoff at the top is glorious.
When I first started driving towards the falls, I was not even sure if the water would still be flowing, so I also wasn’t sure it would be worth getting out of the car. But once I got there, I noticed a trickle in the lower falls, and when I drove higher to a different starting point, I knew I was going on a hike. Unfortunately, I only had my water bottle with me. In hindsight, when bouldering, where maintaining three points of contact are so important, having my Camelbak (which was on the counter at my house) instead of the water bottle would have been really handy. But undeterred, I started to climb …
But when I got all the way to the top, it became obvious that the climb was well worth the effort. I even rewarded myself with a nice swim.
One last look down over the city of Sierra Vista and it was time to head back down and go find my car. But of course, the next time we get a good couple of days of rain, it’s very likely that I’ll be back.
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Bonus Instagram picture from the top: