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DAY HIKE TO FOUR SISTERS NATURAL BRIDGES
APRIL 13, 2016

     I have done a lot of hiking at the Grand Canyon and from Hermits Rest, but had never heard of the Four Sisters Natural Bridges until last year.  I went out there then and really enjoyed it.  My long time hiking buddy, Keith Beaty, has not been out there, so I'm going to show him the way.  We leave the Hermits Rest trailhead sign and walk down the trail a few hundred yards.

Keith at the trailhead sign
4-13-2016 @ 3:39
The trail leaving Hermits Rest
4-13-2016 @ 3:41
The trail leaving Hermits Rest
4-13-2016 @3:42

     Right at the point where the trail makes a sharp turn to the right, we step off the trail to the left and continue to the east.  It is only a short distance until we start down into a north-south drainage.

Stepping off the main trail
4-13-2016 @ 3:44
Keith going down into the drainage
4-13-2016 @ 3:45

     Once down to the bottom of this drainage, we turn right and head south.  The walking is very easy.  We soon come to a drainage running east and west and continue east in that drainage on a well traveled path.

The north-south drainage
4-13-2016 @ 3:47
Intersection of the two drainages
4-13-2016 @ 3:48
A well traveled path on E-W drainage
4-13-2016 @ 3:49

     In just a few more minutes, we reach the Four Sisters Natural Bridges.

Four Sisters Natural Bridges
4-13-2016 @ 3:54
Four Sisters Natural Bridges
4-13-2016 @ 3:54

     Keith and I climb up on top and explore a while.  They are magnificent.  It is very easy to walk back and forth across the top of them.

Four Sisters Natural Bridges
4-13-2016 @ 3:56
Four Sisters Natural Bridges
4-13-2016 @ 3:56
Four Sisters Natural Bridges
4-13-2016 @ 3:56
Four Sisters Natural Bridges
4-13-2016 @ 3:56
Four Sisters Natural Bridges
4-13-2016 @ 3:58
Four Sisters Natural Bridges
4-13-2016 @ 3:58

     After we finish looking around, we head back toward Hermits Rest.  Upon meeting the north-south drainage, we go north on that a little past the point we came down on.  After passing a four-strand barbed wire fence, we come to an overhang with a large metal plate in it.  I'm not sure what this plate is from, but it is certainly thick and heavy.

A four-strand barbed wire fence
4-13-2016 @ 4:09
An overhang area
4-13-2016 @ 4:09
A large metal plate
4-13-2016 @ 4:10

     We climb out of the drainage, contour over to the west, and meet up with the regular trail. 

Keith nearly to the trailhead
4-13-2016 @ 4:14
The trail up
4-13-2016 @ 4:15

     In just a short distance, we reach the trailhead.  This is a great little hike and I highly recommend it.  Our total time from start to finish was just over a half-hour.

   
  The Hermit trailhead sign
4-13-2016 @ 4:15
 

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