North McKittrick Canyon from its North Rim: Part 4 of 5
As we keep moving the view to the right is a little better, but the channel of interest is the one that comes in beyond the two ridges on the right, and its bottom cannot be seen from here:
And continuing to follow the edge around to the north is getting more and more difficult:
But when we look west, we see we have reached our goal: that area of trees in the upper right of these photos is where we ended our first walk into North McKittrick Canyon! And it looks like the drainage from that area flows around the very rocky ridge in front of us:
That drainage directly below us is a tributary to the main canyon drainage we are interested in following:
So although we did not get to look at the drainage path of direct interest, we do not see any reason for it to be as rocky as this tributary drainage, since it surrounding terrain is so much smoother.
WE have now achieved what we wanted to achieve, and someday will be back to walk as far as we can into the north end of North McKittrick Canyon.
But our work is not quite done yet, of course. We have to go home now and make a beeline for the vegetated area above us where we know the trail runs.
Getting to the vegetated zone above us takes a while, it is not exactly easy walking:
But the views on the way back up are worthwhile:
This was slow going:
But soon enough it got easier again:
Animal trails were easier to follow where there was more vegetation of interest to animals, and humans:
We happily find the trail again on the next page.
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