Not for the faint of heart, Crystal Canyon is a hidden “hike” I’d heard about while chatting with a local, not long after I arrived on the North Shore. I logged it in the Someday part of my mind, and months passed.
A few days ago, when our normal hiking spots didn’t quite satisfy our desire for adventure, I remembered it. I grabbed some friends and headed out, warning them I didn’t know anything about it, other than where it was, and that "grandma" had done it…how hard could it be? Let's just stop and say I want to meet this grandma, because she’s won my respect!
Came to find out that it's a "Tsunami Evacuation Route"! The trail started out well - wide and flat. However that quickly changed as we got closer to the canyon, and before long, we were confronted with our first rock wall.
It didn't take long for us to find out it wasn't for someone afraid of heights.
As we continued climbing, the trail became less distinguishable, however it wasn't hard to spot the next rope, or "easiest" route up.
At the top of the next rock face, we were pleasantly surprised by a view of the ocean!
1/2 way up, we came to a large muddy pool of water, which seems to be a year-round thing, due to the ropes embedded in the side of the rock.
By this time, our hands were really feeling the rope burn. Note to self: If I ever attempt this again, bring climbing gloves.
The top was anti-climactic, ending in an open area, surrounded by a rock face that is too high to scale without rock climbing equipment. (However we enjoyed pretending to!)