Mallards, frogs, and many bighorn sheep along the way. Much brush to be pushed through in the lower canyon, and a lot of water in the canyon bottom.
First Bridge Point via Fern Canyon, then over to Bridge Vista.
Last mile of hike is a class 2 leg burner, but before that is a good bit of interesting class 3 scrambling. Saw a beautiful desert fox on the way down, dark gray with red markings. Fern Canyon also one of the prettiest in Red Rock.
group of 12 took Fern Creek Route. Had some wind and snow flakes on top but all in all in was a beautiful day.
Squeezed this in before heading to the airport and returning home. I wish I'd had more time to enjoy it.
Scrambled over from Bridge Mountain. Took longer than I thought it would, but still an adventurous scramble.
Came up from Fern Canyon and did took the shortcut to the top. Followed the longer rout on the way down. Great scrambling and a fun day.
All times have started in Pine Creek (Fern Canyon branch); have gone the direct approach, and also gone arround the N side and cut around east, then west to top.
VIA FERN CRK WITH ED & BARRY
ALSO VISITED 10/5/02, 4/12/03, 5/15/04, 10/30/13, 12/24/14, 2/1/15, 5/7/17
Scenic hike and a good workout for the quads. I do it often for the exercise and wildlife viewing.
I have seen bighorn sheep on this route many times, mostly ewes with lambs but one year a gathering of over 70 bighorns of all genders.
Fern Canyon is also very pleasant with one hidden spot in particular that resembles a rainforest rather than the desert canyon.
Here's my slideshow of this hike: Bridge Point
Finally found time to scramble up this thing. Tagged nearby "Bridge Vista Peak" afterward. Interesting summit block. After hiking back down, I left the NCA and bagged some unnamed desert peak nearby. Nice half-day leg stretcher.