Day 2 – Back to Waterton Canyon

The next morning I awoke around 5:30 with the sun up, and could already feel the heat.  We were at the start of a record setting heat wave in the west, and so Kyle and I decided to abandon our Little Scraggy loop, which has a lot of sun exposure through the burn area, and just head back to Waterton Canyon and the comfort of air conditioning.  We made the right call considering this tragic story.

First, we set off to take pics in the bright early sun of the crushed old vehicles in the quartz quarry.

rock quarry
rock quarry
how did they get a truck up here?
how did they get a truck up here?

The area has huge quartz deposits all over the place.

quartz deposit
quartz deposit
checking out neighboring dig site
checking out neighboring dig site
trailside quartz angel
trailside quartz angel

As we ascended, the heat became more oppressive, and we had to take quite a few breaks.

near the summit
near the summit

Finally we got back into the forest, and bombed down.  And of course, I hit something and started to bleed.  Just a minor flesh wound.

it's a good ride when Ed bleeds
it’s a good ride when Ed bleeds

We then entered Waterton Canyon, and as we descended, I thought about turning off the GoPro, but then decided “Eh, it’s just disk space.”  And I’m glad I didn’t, because we got what I had hoped for – at first a single bighorn sheep lamb, and then a cluster of three walking along the road.  Be sure to check the video out for how the sheep gets out of the gated lawn.

bighorn sheep lamb
bighorn sheep lamb
just walking along the road
just walking along the road
we slowly rode by with no issue
we slowly rode by with no issue

I hope to come back in the fall to see these guys like this

We got to the parking lot around 2pm, and it was 100 degrees in the car!  We are considering doing this segment as early as 5am when we start the full trail on July 5th.

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