Red Mountain West
It took me a long time to become comfortable with wandering around on top of Red Mountain. First i tried to climb it unsuccessfully a few times. Then i did climb it a few times but came right back down. Then I went all in and did the Red Mountain Traverse. After that I was addicted. It wasn’t long before I went back up there to explore other areas, like the west side of the mountain, above Hellhole Canyon. You can read about Red Mountain on my post about the traverse, listed above. The west side of the mountain does not have any white rock, but it is less visited and has more topography. It was interesting to see how the drainages up there come together to create the 1,000 foot high Hellhole Falls. Enjoy the pictures.
One of the unique qualities of this part of the mountain was a lot of quarry like stair stepping with lichen on the north faces of the stones.