This hike has a little bit of everything - rock hounding, mining ruins, canyon narrows, red rocks, a peak, and really fun route finding.
The hike was a loop so it didn't really matter where we left the truck. Could have driven this first mile and a half but would have had to walk it at the end. Decided to do the road in the first part of the hike.
About a mile from where we parked we came across this sign.
After a long walk through the wide upper canyon, we turn out of it by scrambling up this dry fall. Finding the proper exit is tricky - there are lots of hills and walls an canyons running through here and it's easy to get walled out. I was very thankful for a detailed GPS track, but even then it was a bit complicated.