Saturday, May 5, 2018
Want a fantastic hike with some great views, descent altitude gain (and loss), someplace fun and doable for the kids, or if you are wanting to do some serious rock climbing, this is the place.
It's surrounded by a beautiful river and is located inside a giant volcanic caldera. It's so obvious, especially as you cross the Ridge toward Monkey Face.
What????? Climb up over the Ridge and down the other side, or if that is too hard, take the longer flatter route along the river. On the west side you will see an enormous rock pillar with the head of a giant monkey on its top. And yes, some maniacs actually climb that bad boy. Oh to be young and immortal again.
Pay attention to the rocks in the area too. There is copper hiding in those greenish ones, and basalt is everywhere....course basalt is all over the place.
Be prepared for a steep, steep climb back up to the parking lot. Get there early and bring lots of water. Finally, take some time to watch the rock climbers. It's 's great sport and the location is second to none.