But it was worth it. I made it to the top, and since I knew there was no higher I could go (just out in a few spur trails on the ridgeline) I explored quite a bit. It was so pretty. I took a bunch of photos, but these are my favorites!
10 pictures, none bigger than 800x600. Enjoy!
THE ARCH! There are no photos of the hike up, because I was too friggin tired to deal with the camera, but this was the view that I got when I came around the bend of trees. So worth it, especially with the light streaming through.
And you can actually go climb on top of the arch! Views from the top:
Looking down at the shadow the arch was casting:
And then it was a short hike to an observation point a little under a half mile away, which had a wonderful view:
And then I hiked back to the arch (after some more side adventures) and took a few more shots:
Here's a shot of the top of the arch:
On the hike down, on the 'Battleship Rock' trail, named for the huge soaring sandstone cliffs that surrounded you as you went down off the ridge into the hollow, some trees:
All in all, it was a fantastic afternoon. And after just under 4 miles of hiking, I am going to call this an EARLY night.