One of my goals for the jeep was to reach trailheads to use for backpacking treks. Following a guidebook, I headed out to Rockhouse Canyon at the base of the Santa Rosas. Starting from Christmas Circle, I drove out of town and up a dirt road. The road was pretty easy but had a few large rocks and ruts.
From the trailhead, I headed up the canyon. It was really hot! About halfway up, I came across a herd of bighorn sheep. At the head of the canyon was my first waypoint, a set of rockhouses. A took a break there for water and food. Then I head up a wash to reach my intended destination. After a few miles, the wash turned north but the dry waterfall was unpassable to due a boulder blocking the way. I didn't feel like tempting fate and headed back to the rockhouses to camp for the night.
It was a great night under the stars! I woke up at dawn, packed up and headed back down the canyon. The morning was cooler but I still ran out of water before getting back to the car.
It was a great hike and is worth another trip in cooler temps and taking a different route to avoid the waterfall.
|View from the rock houses|
|Boulder blocking the route|
|Find the bighorn sheep|
|Staging at Christmas Circle|