Unbeknownst to us (because we’re unobservant), Mosaic Canyon is an uphill trek. Not just a wee, “I do this all the time on the treadmill” kind of incline either. It is pretty substantial. About halfway through the video you’ll get an idea of the incline on the ‘flat’ part of the canyon in a photo showing two faithful hikers trudging up the slope.
It isn’t as though it goes from pretty flat to pretty steep– it just goes from steep to, “why do I feel like I’ve been drugged”? Of course, when you’re walking it you have no clue you’re hiking an incline, there isn’t a point of reference. It all looks flat, you just can’t catch your breath as you’re moving along. You’ll see me stop to wipe my steadily running nose and bend over to grab a breath in one of the video clips, hehehe.
The sites are amazing and I do want to go back on another day and go further into the canyon. We bailed after a bit less than a mile. I’m thinking it was a bit less than a mile just eyeballing it from the satellite view. It felt like hours. When we started, we were hoofing it at a good tempo to get in a workout, not realizing we were soon going to wear ourselves out. We stopped for lunch at our established lunch time, and I could only fit in half of what I brought, I was so winded. Shortly thereafter we both started feeling the effects of eating and then immediately putting in a heavy workout, bahaha, not a good combo. Of course, I don’t have to tell you that the walk back was a trip that made us think we were silly for turning around. On the way back down, you can really see the decline – it’s the craziest thing.
I didn’t bring my big camera since the battery was whining for a charge, so we made do with the GoPro and cell phone cameras. Got some good shots though, surprisingly. Anyhoo, here’s a quick video. (High res if you go to YouTube or make the video full-screen, I think anyway.)