It's one of my favorite hikes. Twin Arches trail in Big South Fork. Beautiful and dramatic. And the pictures just don't do it justice.
So first an easy 0.7 miles to the loop's start, down, down, down a long flight of stairs. Then a 4.8-mile loop, the last mile of which switchbacks up, up, up the mountain. Then 0.7 back up the steps to the car. Total trip time: 6 long hours.
|Down down down|
|Leading the squeeze|
|A little rest|
|Hope it's not a poison ivy vine!|
|Extracting Daddy's cap from the sand|
|Leading the way|
|Walking with purpose|
|Wiped out but the end is in sight|
|"This is hard work," he says.|
|The last pull to the top|