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Hike 40 – Eaton Canyon (II)

Posted By on May 10, 2010 in Hikes, Photos | 0 comments

A repeat hike with a few new surprises.

I first explored Eaton Canyon back in July (hike #22) on a busy holiday weekend. I was curious on how crowded the trail would be on a weekday morning, so I met my friend Melanie and we headed up the trail. This was the fifth hike Melanie has joined me on.  I can always count on her for a great weekday morning expedition!

We arrived at the trailhead at 8:30am. As suspected, the trail wasn’t as crowded as it was on July 3rd. We passed only about 20-25 people as we headed up the wash and into the canyon. One hiker we saw leaving had a bag full of trash, showing that there are both people that care a lot about this canyon as well as those who don’t care at all. Strangely enough, the last time I saw a hiker carrying out a bag of trash was on this very trail.

There was some sort of embankment repair work being done near the mouth of the canyon, by the bridge. A bulldozer and dump truck worked together, sharing the fire road with hikers. The noise of the heavy machinery faded quickly as we entered the canyon.

When Melanie and I arrived at the Eaton Canyon waterfall, no one else was there! How unusual! We had the falls to ourselves for just a few minutes before three groups totaling eight people arrived. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

Thoughts about the hike:

  1. Viewing and heading nature in the morning before going to work is a better way to start the day than a cup of joe. We saw and heard my favorite hiking bird, the canyon wren, whos song sounds a lot like laughter.
  2. A little brown bat flew above our heads and around the canyon before coming to rest on a rock. It seemed a bit unusual to me for a bat to be out during the day. Since they are nocturnal feeders, it may very well have had rabies.

Resources: & GPS Stats: See: hike #22

Photos:

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The lighting in the canyon was magical.

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This type of robber fly is genetically disguised as a bumblebee. The wolf dressed in sheep's clothing burglarizes hives and steals food/young without the real bees discovering the thief in their midst!

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Melanie & I at the waterfall (left)

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A brown bat on the canyon wall. It most likely had rabies.

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A warning one should take seriously.

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