April 1, 2010
Indian Hollow to Flipoff Canyon
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Today's route stats:Distance: 11.0 miles Elevation Gain: 300 feet Elevation Loss: 900 feet
morning we started back to Susan in Kanab Canyon. We
took the Redwall bypass again, stopping for a look down into
Indian Hollow and the Obstacle Pool. We replenished
our water at the mouth of Kwagunt Hollow. I had
planned to hike back to to Kanab by hiking on top of the
Redwall virtually the entire way. To do this we would
skip heading down Jumpup, but instead re-gain the top of the
Redwall near Kwagunt. Then find a way down into Kanab
Creek between Flipoff and Chamberlain Canyons. It
looked easy on the map, and on Google Earth. So some
in our group were skeptical. They wanted to know what
I knew about the route and where my information came from.
After I told them that I didn't know of anyone ever doing
the route (but I'm sure someone has done it), it took a bit
of arm-twisting to get all to agree to take a chance on the
route. It turned out to be a great decision. It
was a beautiful walk, with view up to the rim and down into
the deep canyon bottoms. The Redwall was mostly flat,
smooth, and wide. Very easy hiking.
|Rewall Above Indian Hollow.||Steck's Obstacle Pool in Indian Hollow.||Climbing to Redwall at Kwagunt.|
|View Across Jumpup and into Indian Hollow.||Taking a Break.||Pothole: Unexpected, but Welcome .|
Around half way along the Redwall from Kwagunt to Flipoff, I spotted a large rock near where we were taking a break. I walked over to it and found a nice little petroglyph. The native Americans were everywhere. Eventually we passed the mouth of Jumpup Canyon below us and turned northward above Kanab Creek. As we continued hiking, the canyon bottom slowly rose to meet us. We were able to look down to the campsite where we left Susan and see that she was no longer there. About half a mile farther we were able to find an easy slope down to the canyon bottom. We found Susan's cairn and note at the mouth of Flipoff, saying she was going to be camping at the Cottonwood grove. About 45 minutes later we found her. We decided to camp right where she was (we had already covered 11 miles today). Susan's knee was still in bad shape, but maybe a little better.