Upstream in the Tranquille River Canyon
On an October day I hiked up the Tranquille River Trail through the colorful corridor.
At the old Tranquille Water Plant, I followed a single track trail upstream to the end, then scrambled on rocks as far as I could go without getting wet. At the end of that rock-hopping section, I crossed the river. The west side of the river is where hydraulic mining was done (75 year ago) to sluice out gold nuggets/flakes from the river and the floodplains. Rounded boulders are still mounded over a large area. Across the river on the east side hills are conglomerated hoodoos.
I came back down a single track trail on the west side of the river past the old water facility. Water was rerouted at this spot and piped down to Tranquille for use in the Sanatorium. Now there are several breaks in the 24″ pipe, causing some minor flooding over the trail and adjacent lands downstream.
This hike would be better if I bring some type of water shoes (which I have), so I will return to work my way farther upstream. A few images are shared here. Click an image for a lightbox view and caption.
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