Here's the sign at the trailhead:
We had some nice views of the canyon before we headed down. Notice the blue skies...it was a perfect hiking day!
After hiking through the forest for a couple of miles, we came across this meadow. That is Mt. Washburn rising behind the trees. Mt. Washburn is one of our favorite hikes...a must-do each year. We'll tackle that one once the snow is melted.
Before the extreme down-turn, we came across this geothermal feature. This one was dry, but we saw several steaming hot pools with hot water flowing out and down the side of the mountain. The smell of sulfur was very noticeable.
Lots of nice views as we climbed down into the canyon.
We're getting closer and closer to the Yellowstone River at the bottom.
We made it! Here is the Yellowstone River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
And here we are relaxing and enjoying the view.
After a nice break, we knew we couldn't avoid it any longer. We began the climb back up to the top of the canyon. It was tough, but we did it! Actually, we had no other choice. :-)
The other day, when Bill and I came back to the rig, there was a note on the door from our friends, Jerry and Kim. The note said something like, "Sorry we missed you. We just hiked Seven Mile Hole. It was a real ass-kicker!" Jerry and Kim...Bill and I agree with you 100%!
You have probably figured out that, since we are out hiking, things must be going well at Canyon Campground. I actually took both of my days off...not bad for just being opened a week. Also, on Thursday night, while Bill and I were enjoying our time off, Canyon Campground filled for the first time this year! We're off to a great start!