|Trail and Towers: exploring Death Hollow is a wonderfully rich experience in adventure, |
photography, nature, serenity.
Death Hollow is a fabulous adventure and a photographic destination. The photographic potential for this scenic locale is off the charts because there are 21-miles of pristine wilderness that are rarely visited and even less-rarely photographed seriously. Death Hollow has been on the top of my radar for years and this summer I hiked the wonderful loop.
Starting the night before, my wife and I drove to the Boulder airstrip and the adjacent trailhead. We arrived with rain imminent. Through the night we had lightening to the north but slept well. The mid-July forecast was for 10% chance of rain but no flash flood warnings.
We woke to clearing skies and pleasant temperatures. I could have worn shorts but I'd heard about the poison ivy and bushwhacking. The trip to Death Hollow goes roughly southwest from the trailhead. The trail is good with cairns along the way. When we reached sandstone, those cairns kept leading us down to Sand Creek.
|Cairns along the way over slickrock|
|Sand creek: volcanic boulders and white sandstone with pine trees.|
|Hikers at Sand Creek: water runs here all year|
|Hiking up from Sand Creek: sun started feeling really hot now.|
|Two Trees: these lovely trees contrasted in so many ways.|
With the beautiful skies, I had to stop for a photoshoot.
|Telegraph line and Author: the trail follows the old|
telegraph line from bygone days.
|Route down appears to disappear over this ridge. Follow the cairns and|
you'll discover this is the correct way. I had my doubts at first.
|On the trail|
|Rough sketch of how the trail descends to the canyon floor.|
|Loving the adventure!|
|2/3 down, here's a view looking back up with a sketch of how the trail goes down.|
|Nearing the bottom of Death Hollow|
|A pretty curve in the canyon we encountered on day 1. |
The water depth varied from a few inches to 3 feet.
About 3 in the afternoon, clouds grew dark and it looked like rain. We looked for an alcove for some type of shelter. We found one with sand in a narrow strip for our beds.
|The shallow alcove on the lower left of this butte was our home for the night.|
Our camp for the night was narrow but under some shelter. It rained briefly but not hard a couple of times. We stayed mostly dry. I explored and found several better campsites near the river but they afforded no shelter from wind or rain so we stayed here. We did not bring tents on this trip in an effort to travel lighter.
We ate wonderful food for dinner. I did some photography downstream from our camp until sunset and then returned for a night of deep sleep.
|Cooking dinner under a shallow alcove. We slept on the sand.|
|Gourmet dinner thanks to my wife: chicken, veggies and couscous.|