Day 1

September 28, 1991

Tiyo Point to Dragon Spring


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Today's route stats: 

    Distance: 6.0 miles

    Elevation Gain:  0 feet

    Elevation Loss:  4300 feet

We got up at first light, ate breakfast, distributed communal food and gear, and drove back to the spur road (described by Steck) where we began hiking. 

Steck mentioned this starting point (spur road) in his book, although he had never done it.  It certainly looked easy on the map, so we gave it a try.  The spur road ends in a thin forest of Ponderosa pine.  Using a compass we headed SSW, keeping to the high ground between two shallow drainages.  After about a mile and a half we began dropping down into a drainage that led to the rim.  After dropping down 700 or 800 feet, we began to contour at a fairly constant elevation until reaching the large, flat saddle between the rim and Shiva Temple.  The contouring section was unpleasant, requiring a lot of side-hilling and brush-bashing. 


Hike Begins in the Forest.


Isis Temple.


Isis Temple and Phantom Canyon.

After taking a break on Shiva saddle, we started down the drainage that leads to Dragon Creek.  This was also unpleasant due to the steepness and the vegetation.  But by slipping and sliding, and grabbing trees to slow down, we quickly reached Dragon Creek.  It was dry, as we expected.

Dragon Head.


Looking Back at Shiva Saddle.


Dragon Creek (dry).



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