Next we encountered the San Rafael River. It was very like an oasis in the desert after the day's travels. We were getting near 6pm by now, so after checking out the river and the old swinging bridge, we began scouting for campsites. There is a fee campground here, but that isn't really our style (even though there was only one camper there). We went about a mile north up Buckhorn Wash but didn't see anything to our liking. Then we headed east down Mexican Mountain Road along the river. There are campsites galore on this stretch between the road and the river. Once again we only encountered people at the very first campsite. There was no one else to be seen. We made camp and had a great night's sleep.
The Swinging Bridge built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The view west along the river.
The trees made it much cooler than out on the benches.
This tree had overgrown the bridge in the past 70+ years.
Here you can get a perspective on the hardware size and cable diameter on the bridge.
The tree branch enveloped the cable.
Our campsite with Mexican Mountain to the north.
Assembly Hall Peak to the southeast.
More views from camp.
So much for day one. We did a lot of moving. All the pictures in this trip report were taken between 10am and 7pm on Saturday the 18th.
Crikey what a long but excellent day. Let me tell you, the cold
at camp was delightful.
I will post up Sunday soon. What an incredible place.