After a long climb, boulder hopping, and fighting brush, coming up the backside of Granite Mtn. we finally summited and broke over into Spanish Canyon. A short ways down on the north side is Spanish Cave with its southern view while the canyon continues easterly.
Believed to be Spanish because of three stained markings on cave wall depicting two crosses and a turtle or sun. Over the entrance is a rock formation appearing as an Angel or Butterfly. A good Omen?
Turtle and crosses are no longer visible but grafitti is prominent. Shady and cool with a smooth floor invites one to drop his pack, have a cool drink and enjoy lunch as T.J. is doing. Ron was suppose to be hiking with us today but a swollen hand from two Wasp bites kept him at home.
My thanks to T.J. for being a most able guide and hiking buddy making it possible for me to mark Spanish Cave off my must visit hikes.
Looking to the east down Spanish Canyon from this high elevation where it flattens out, then into the foothills of the next Mtn. I have to think Ron for guiding me on another most enjoyable hike that we did earlier this year in this unique area.