Day 9– Forbidden Canyon

Today we had quite a sad experience while out hiking. We decided to hike Forbidden Canyon, which is a name that I have assigned to an undisclosed canyon on Tucki Mountain. Up until our hike, the majority of this canyon had only been seen by a few canyoneers. That changed today when we became the first known hikers to successfully bypass the titanic dry fall near the mouth of the canyon. We ended up being able to hike a full 3 miles into the canyon. It is a beautiful wide open canyon that ends for hikers at a 2nd major dry fall. We bypassed the 2nd dry fall but decided not to drop back into the canyon as the route was steep and full of loose rocks and bad footing. Our sad moment came at the base of the 2nd major dry fall when we came across a recently deceased Kit fox. It looked like it had only been dead a few hours or overnight at most. The Kit fox appears to have slipped off the dry fall for some unknown reason. It was a very sad sight and sobering reminder to be careful around dry falls. Today was 17 miles RT and was possibly my final hike in DV for 2013.

At the base of the 1st major dry fall in Forbidden Canyon
At the base of the 1st major dry fall in Forbidden Canyon
The little-seen narrows above the 1st major dry fall
The little-seen narrows above the 1st major dry fall
At the base of the 2nd major dry fall at 3 miles into the canyon
At the base of the 2nd major dry fall at 3 miles into the canyon
A recently deceased Kit fox at the base of the 2nd major dry fall
A recently deceased Kit fox at the base of the 2nd major dry fall