I chose this hike for a few reasons. First, I had done it with Joe back in 2008 and it tore me up. I wanted to see how it would treat me now. Second, it is not a long hike and I did not want to take Sonya on a hike that was too long since I had no idea what type of hike would work best for her. It has been over 30 years since we have seen each other after all. Third, when you get to the back of the hike you have a view of Vegas!
The weather was cool….in the 60’s and rain threatened around the edges of the valley. Sonya loved it not being hot and I was glad it was good hiking weather for her. We meandered through the wash and the little draw around the side of the calico rocks, enjoying the views and the fact things had been so wet from recent rains. We did the scrambling and headed up the rock steps that are sprinkled throughout this 2.5 mile round trip.
As we continued I realized just how much better shape I am in now. I moved better and faster and though I still have a lot of work to do, This hike was not hard. I did some scrambling and was far more at ease than in the past.
We got to the top and went to the right side of the tank which is higher. The view was spectacular, and though the haze obscured a truly clear view of Vegas, it was still breath taking. I pointed out to Sonya the area that was epic Hike No. 7 and thought to myself how this hike was nothing compared to that. (7 was the approach to Cut Your Teeth Crag).We had a great time on this hike and afterwords went to Bonnie Springs for lunch and a spin through Blue Diamond so Sonya could see a different view of Vegas life. What a great day!