The most popular canyon loop in San Rafael Swell
We chose to ascend Little Wild Horse Canyon and descend Bell Canyon, though the loop can be done just as easily in the opposite direction. Little Wild Horse Canyon is the more interesting of the two.
The canyon walls were eroded into odd formations and the scenery was constantly changing.
Soon the canyon walls started squeezing in on us and we found ourselves entering the spectacular narrows section. This is the part that everyone looks forward to the most.
We found an unusually large amount of water in the narrows. Although it turned some hikers around, we bravely removed our shoes and waded through the frigid knee-deep water. Our feet became slightly numb, but this was our favorite part of the loop.
We stemmed along the walls when it was convenient to give our feet a break from the cold water. I had never stemmed barefoot before.
This type of texture shows that the sandstone was formed by cross-bedding.
You can tell that Andy is having a lot of fun traipsing through the cold water. We found out that once your feet get a little numb its not so bad anymore!