I’m not sure how it happened but I got to go on a hike, while on duty, to one of our backcountry sites! A group of my co-workers and I went to Spring House, an 8-mile 8-hour hike. Lets just say that I haven’t hiked 8 miles in …… well…. forever. But the aches and pains, and the huff/puffing was worth it.
“As you hike to Spring House, you will be rewarded with views of alcove sites in Navajo and Wickiup Canyons. Spring House is the largest unexcavated cliff dwelling in the park. It is extremely fragile, so you will not enter the site, but will get excellent views of the cliff dwelling from a platform at the south end of the village. This 8-hour, 8-mile round-trip hike is very strenuous along an unpaved, uneven trail with an elevation change of 1,500 feet and includes steep drop-offs and switchbacks.”
And that ladies and gentlemen, explains this hike perfectly. Allow me to show you in pictures, because we all know I’m no good with words! 🙂
First we had to climb down into the canyon, then walk along the canyon bottom to then, climb back up on a different mesa to get to Spring House. Of course there were a lot of stops along the way as well!
Along the trail there are quite a few small dwellings to see, as well as other treasures to find!