October 28, 2016
Lower Kanab Creek
Today's route stats:Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 300 feet Elevation Loss: 100 feet
The objective for today was to continue hiking down the Colorado to the mouth of Kanab Creek, where a cache was waiting for us, then hike up Kanab Creek for a ways before looking for a campsite. The going along the river in this section was easier than yesterday. I think it took us about 2 hours to reach Kanab Creek.
We spent about 10 minutes looking for the hidden cache. Everyone had previously sent food to Ethan who found a river trip willing to haul it for us. We found a flat slickrock area to unpack the two 5-gal buckets and distribute the food.
Chuck and Ann-Mariah needed to get back earlier than the rest of us. They were hoping to get out the day after tomorrow. Thus they had 2-1/2 days to hike all the way up Kanab to Jumpup, up Jumpup to Indian Hollow, then out Indian Hollow to waiting cars at Indian Hollow Campground (Thunder River Trailhead). Although they are both strong hikers, I had my doubts they would make it in time. We gave them copies of maps and route descriptions and off they went.
After distributing the cache, we ate lunch and started hiking up Kanab Creek. Kanab Creek was running a little high, making it difficult to keep our boots dry. After a while I just gave up and found the easiest way, regardless of whether it was in the creek bottom or not. After a few hours we stopped at a marginal campsite along the creek.