Two days off so made a plan to hike further down Snake Gulch than previously and hopefully find more panels of pictographs and petroglyphs. I figured by camping at Snake Gulch trail head Wednesday night I could get an early start hiking in the morning. This time of year should be cooler than summer when the canyon gets really hot.
Just past the Jacob Lake turn off the road becomes gravel and looked like the Forest Service had recently graded it. Then only a couple miles to the Forest Road 423 turnoff. Because I miss marked my map from the previous drive I continued past the turnoff to Kanab Creek Wilderness and drove 30 minutes out of my way up a narrow, rough and rutted road before realizing my mistake. Finally after about five miles was able to turn around when I got to a another road junction.
Under a clear cold night full of stars I fell asleep to the coyote’s song. Then woke early in the morning to a gray sky the sun struggled to brighten. The wind kicked in. The Gulch would not be a good place to be in the event of flash flood so I decide not to hike.
Around 10:30 I headed back out of the canyon. I felt a little sad, mad, and disappointed that I came out here and then didn’t hike. Yet I figured to take a nice slow drive back to the North Rim and enjoy this gorgeous canyon on the way.
Also stopped at a small panel of pictographs and petroglyphs that are not in the best of shape due to vandalism. It drives me nuts that people have so little respect. The Mountain Sheep is clearly visible but many others are not. Plus there is a lot of modern graffiti.
Hopefully I’ll get back to Snake Gulch before the summer temperatures make it unbearable. Yet I think it was a wise choice not to hike this day.