Billed as “moderately strenuous,” the hike to the Upper Emerald Pool contained the most difficult few feet of trail I encountered all week: a five-foot stretch of ice on a mild incline. Theoretically I could cross it in two steps, but every time I’d lift one foot the other would slide backwards, and I’d flap my arms and twist around in a spastic attempt to keep my weight centered above at least one leg.
The vistas were remarkable; my photos didn’t capture the majesty. Here is the view of Red Arch Mountain (or, possibly, the Great White Throne).
The trail leads to several pools and waterfalls, most of which were frozen. I’d like to return here on a warmer, sunnier day.
The cold weather presented this interesting juxtaposition: snow on a cactus.