Marble Canyon via Goldbelt
Posted by DJ Dojo Loach on October 11, 2001 at 02:42:27:
About a year ago, two friends and I camped just below the Marble Canyon/Cottonwood Canyon crossroads and hiked Marble Canyon for two days. On Monday 10/1, four of us attacked it from the top, at Goldbelt. We night-hiked in 5 gallons of water each and camped at the 4th spring, under the willow thicket covered with grapevines, past the Cottonwoods. The sun was far too intense for day hiking, but the night hike down through the 4th narrows, past Dead Horse Canyon and into the 3rd narrows, was amazing as the full moon rose. The 3rd narrows contain a chamber banded with alternating stripes of pure black marble and translucent quartz. It is the Zebra Room. On the north rim of it, the canyon walls are solid, clear quartz, phosphorescent, like some kind of portal. It was 15 miles round trip, the heat was almost overwhelming, and we took about 72 hours to do it, but I highly recommend this hike.