After a short distance, I climb up out of the canyon to circumvent a thicket of willow, desert willow and catclaw
Date: May 25, 2010, 11h44
Looking behind me down Kelbaker Road, I've risen about 1500 feet over approximately 16 miles
I've done this long gradual climb many times over the years. It's relatively easy in cool weather, but on the first day of a trip, fully loaded down before I'm acclimated to 90-degree heat, it gets a bit slow and sweaty!