October 31, 2016
Today's Route Stats:Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1500 feet Elevation Loss: 0 feet
Our goal for today was to walk the top of the Redwall Limestone into Indian Hollow, then hike up Indian Hollow to the last available water, wherever that might be. So we began by hiking down Jumpup a short ways to Kwagunt. At the mouth of Kwagunt it is easy to follow a rising ramp to the top of the Redwall, then continue on the Redwall around the corner and into Indian Hollow. As you hike along the Redwall you can look down into the bottom of Indian Hollow and see where Steck's Obstacle Pool is located. The Redwall bench is fairly level, but the bottom of Indian Hollow slowly rises to meet the top of the Redwall. I've used this route several times to get into Indian Hollow and it is definitely much easier than hiking directly up from the bottom. It is about 1.5 miles from the mouth of Kwagunt to where you finally get to the bottom of the Indian Hollow drainage.
Once in the drainage, the hiking is pretty easy the rest of the way. There are a couple of places where you have to climb out of the drainage to bypass some impassible narrows filled with water. We stopped at Steck's "Over-Your-Head" pool to eat lunch.
After lunch we continued up Indian Hollow. This is one of my favorite canyons. There is almost always flowing water, beautiful small waterfalls with ferns and Monkey Flowers, and interesting Supai rock formations. People in front kept going beyond where I thought we should stop for the night. We ended up camping head to toe directly in the narrow creek bed. We had to hike back several hundred yards to get water. It was an awful campsite, but we managed.