(Continuing from our previous post.)
The next day we woke early.Â We enjoyed a delicious breakfast in the Inn and then hit the trails again.Â Today we planned to do a lot of hiking in the morning.Â Mysteryas really wanted to do the trail with ladders so we went there first to avoid any possible crowd.Â Thankfully the trails were not busy at all so we really enjoyed exploring the canyons and experiencing nature.
From the suspension bridge, we traveled west along Trail 3.
West of suspension bridge
Looking out to Sugar Creek River
Looking down to the other part of trail 3. We had traveled this section earlier yesterday and would end the morning there.
Looking out to Spring Creek River
Looking east down the Sugar Creek River
Small bridge across a crevice
Looking up from the small bridge
Entering the canyon
Continuing into the canyon
Mini waterfall coming down into the canyon
Approaching last ladder, water falling down next to us
Climbing up the last ladder
Continuing on north on Trail 3
Mysteryas was thrilled to climb the ladders.Â Done with that portion of the trail we decided to hike to Camel’s Back on trail 10.Â The scenery along the way wasn’t nearly as impressive as trail 3 but the lookout point was nice.
Lookout at Camel's Back
Departing Camel’s Back we continued along Trail 10 and eventually met up with Trail 3 again.
Near the end of Trail 10
Entering canyon area again
Time to get our feet wet again
Approaching Punch Bowl
Entering Punch Bowl
Inside the Punch Bowl
From above the Punch Bowl looking down
Continuing to Wedge Rock
Mysterina and Mysteryas enjoying the view
Our hiking boots get damp again but the scenery makes it worthwhile
Almost to Wedge Rock
Wedge Rock from above and behind
After about 3 miles of hiking (including some diversions) we left the Nature Preserve.Â More to come.