Trail Report: Padre Canyon (Snow Canyon)
|Impressive Cliffs on the Three Ponds and Padre Canyon Trail|
Padre Canyon branches off from the 3 Ponds trail. I have always been underwhelmed with this particular trail. I was hoping to find something better. Immediately after passing through the high canyon cliffs, the 3 Ponds trail turns to the north (right). Padre Canyon is to the left (south). My two daughters and I hiked up the canyon and saw a little trickle of water. It seemed to disappear into the sand. The farther we went up canyon, the greater the flow of water.
After a little bit of hiking, a very prominent and exciting sound delighted me: falling water. There is no sound like a waterfall in the middle of the desert! Nothing is more exciting, nothing is more welcome. We could hear it a long time before we could actually see it. When we finally climbed a little bit higher, this fantastic waterfall came into view.
|Heard before seen, this waterfall was magical!|
|The next waterfall upstream|
|Close up required wet toes.|
This fall could not be climbed. We backtracked slightly and went around it. We found another waterfall with a large pool at the bottom. Not quite as scenic as the 1st, it still was a wonderful discovery.
Farther up, I found other pools and another waterfall that was quite small, forming a small circular shower room. Not as photogenic as the first two waterfalls, I did not include a picture of that here but I hope to return and photograph it another day. I also enjoy taking pictures of the wonderful sandstone and moss in this delightful canyon.
|Climbing up above Padre Canyon, the view started to clear.|
|Sandstone and Moss|