Ernie Canyon as it cuts through the "inner" San Rafael Reef
The route to Hurst Bridge basically goes straight up the center of the photo
The San Rafael Reef rising up north of Ernie Canyon
Fins in the San Rafael Reef north of Ernie Canyon
View east toward the "outer" San Rafael Reef in Ernie Canyon
Part of the hike to Hurst Bridge
View from the bottom of a box canyon along the route to Hurst Bridge
View from the head of a box canyon on the way to Hurst Bridge
My first view of Hurst Bridge
Funky rock formations near Hurst Bridge
Panorama of Hurst Bridge
Near Hurst Bridge. There is a maze of canyons and washes in this area, and navigation becomes difficult here. After taking this picture, I dropped down into the bottom of the wash to the right and followed it most of the way to the arch.
Torrey's new pastime is burying her head in bushes while trying to catch lizards
Along the trail while hiking back from Hurst Bridge. There is a faint trail for the first part of the climb up out of Ernie Canyon, but it soon disappears and you have to pick your route cross-country.
Ernie Canyon cutting through the "outer" San Rafael Reef
My parking spot for the Hurst Bridge hike
An old contraption of some type, north of Ernie Canyon on the outer slopes of the San Rafael Reef. I believe this served both as a pump jack and as a hoist.
The sandy hill climb. It took me five runs at this hill, but I finally made it up!
When hiking up Straight Wash to Eardley Canyon, you can hike this portion that cuts through the San Rafael Reef for 0.75 miles and curves around 180°, or you can take a shortcut to the left that takes you to the same place and only covers 0.25 miles
This is the shortcut near Straight Wash that will save you 0.5 miles of hiking
The backside of the San Rafael Reef near Straight Wash
Lower Eardley Canyon
A pool in lower Eardley Canyon
The big pool in lower Eardley Canyon
View north between the inner and outer San Rafael Reef in Straight Wash
This is a shot of my mug at the trailhead to lower Eardley Canyon
The San Rafael Desert