Day 296 ~ Chemehuevi Wash Trail Lake Havasu, AZ

January 15th, 2017 ~ Day 296

Eric and I began our hike through the Chemehuevi Wash. Finding this trail online, the description said that you would end up at water, and that is all that I wanted for today’s hike, to see water.

Not being familiar with the area, I really had no idea where we were going. The description said to follow the wash for two miles and you will end up at the lake, so we did. Hiking through a wash, I figured we couldn’t get lost. All I really wanted was to see the Colorado River on one of our hikes this weekend.

Continuing through the wash, the views were amazing. The sand was somewhat difficult to walk through. It’s definitely harder on the legs. We found so much garbage along this trail. Making it a game, we began counting the tires that ended up in the wash, we found eight total.

After about two miles we came to the incredible views of the Colorado River. I’ll never forget the first time I touched the Colorado River…

On March 6th, 2016 a group of friends and I planned to hike the Grand Canyon. We would be taking the South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch and back up Bright Angel Trail. This would be my first time hiking this route, and my first time hiking to the Colorado River.

I just had to touch the Colorado, and so that’s what I did. Little did I realize, I didn’t have to hike the 6.3 miles with 4800 elevation loss to get here, that’s not including the 10 miles or so plus elevation gain to get out. I later figured out there are many places to touch the Colorado River, and I’ve been given the chance to experience this many times since, but I’m happy that the Grand Canyon was my first time!

The trail not only ends at the water, it also ends up at BLM campsites. There are two of them, each with picnic tables and restrooms. Just another item to add to my list of many things I plan to do in my future. I pray God gives me enough time in this life to do it all!

We climbed uphill over the campsites to get a better view. I’m grateful that we climbed up here and I’m grateful we didn’t miss this spectacular sight! I can’t wait to camp here and enjoy this beauty!

I found out later, Lake Havasu is split down the middle with the Colorado River on a map, by the Arizona/California state line. So we officially ended up at Lake Havasu, but technically we were seeing half Lake Havasu and half the Colorado River.

Heading back to the trailhead, we trudged our way through the sandy wash. Leaving the beautiful water behind. Heading back, we realized the wash was much wider. Luckily the trash was there as it made for great cairns.

Just before our hike was complete, we saw people above us on the mountain, on what seemed to be a trail. Curious how they got there, because hiking a trail rather than a wash would have been much easier, we saw the trail they took just as ours ended. Just to the right of the wash. Next time we will be doing that trail.

Following our trash cairns, we made it back to the car without an issue. Our hike, a total of four miles. Just another beautiful day in this life!

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Day 294 ~ Sara Canyon Trail (Sara’s Crack) Lake Havasu, AZ

January 13th, 2017 ~ Day 294

Traveling to Lake Havasu for the weekend to visit family, Eric and I left the family behind to go exploring. 

After talking to a friend in Phoenix, who happens to be from Lake Havasu, I took her recommendation to hike Sara’s Crack or by it’s official name, Crack in the Mountain. A slot canyon formed by the lower Colorado River. A three mile trail that ends emptying into Lake Havasu. 

Not quite sure how or where to begin, I found the Sara Canyon Trail on my app, so that’s where we started our hike. I was completely unaware of my surroundings and I wasn’t even sure if this trail would take us to what I was hoping for, but it was a hike in a beautiful area. 

From the moment we began our hike, beauty surrounded us. We followed the yellow signs marking a trail, not quite sure if we were on an actual trail, as we hiked through a wash most of the time. There were little trails on the side of the wash and we would go up and over the hills, but only when they were next to the wash. We weren’t prepared to get lost in a new area for the first time. Hiking through sand is a lot harder on the legs than you would think. The trails provided solid ground to walk on, so we hiked on the trails every chance we could. 

It felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. As we hiked through the wash, we could see people on other trails above. I’d love to get a map and really get out here and explore. Whenever I discover new territory, I only find more to explore, which seems to always leave my list of to dos longer.

Snapping a photo of the beautiful colors surrounding us, we had to have a little fun and took a shadow picture. Bright blue skies surrounded us for the entire hike which just added to our beauty. 

After a mile or so, we began hiking through a canyon. I still wasn’t sure if this was Sara’s Crack, yet it was still amazing to see. Little did we know what was up ahead.

The walls around us started to get higher and the canyon floors became closer. We were being closed in by the canyon. Assuming this must be the place, we continued on, amazed by the beauty surrounding us. 

You could see we were heading for the slot canyon. Every step we took became a better view. Surprising us with its beauty. The walls kept closing in around us. 

We had to climb down a drop in the wall, at least six feet. Luckily they provided us with a rope. A little more fun in our adventure. 

These are some of the most amazing views I have ever seen. The walls came closer and closer. Eventually we were squeezing through the rock to move forward. After only a short while, we decided to turn around. In unfamiliar territory, with no preparation, we weren’t interested in ending up on the news. 

Capturing what I was seeing on video, made this trek so much more. A little piece  for me to remember the spectacular beauty of what I’ve just see. Every turn, like a maze of nature’s beauty. It amazes me the effects of water and time. 

Climbing out of the canyon, I hated to leave. We only made it half way through the canyon. Next time I will be more prepared and know what to expect. I want to go back and finish this hike. This has been one of the most amazing places I have ever been to!

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