We still had much to explore from our Kingman Wash launch pad. That involved hauling out the leaky inner tube that doubled as our pleasure craft, and hiking to the amazing Ringbolt hot spring canyon.
The day dawned bright and crisp, but instead of seizing it carpe diem style, we rolled out of bed in a manner befitting the semi-retired. By two we were in the truck and bound out for the Willow Beach launch on Lake Mohave, within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The Davis Dam forms the lake, which is crystal clear and no more than 50 feet wide in most places. With the “All Aboard” whistle, we set off upstream for the mile or so row to our goal: Emerald Cave.
After an incredible 3.5 mile down-hike through the ever-narrowing slot canyon, we eventually dropped right onto the shore of Lake Mohave. The view gives an indication of the purity of the river’s waters. Right at this point was the most ferocious whitewater rapids along the entire stretch of the Colorado, until the lake backed up over it and immersed forever its danger and its majesty.
Paradise Found! At the top were three tubs, all dammed by sandbags. They spanned the 5′ wide slickrock canyon, and increased in temperature as one passed through them to the source. Here’s Rebecca in the top-most, 107 degree pool. We spent a solid hour relaxing the healing waters before beginning our hike up and out.