|The Zoroaster Temple|
|Hanging out by the ruins|
|Pretty fascinating to think about|
After eating a late afternoon snack at the Native American ruins and taking some time to check them out, we headed back down the stream and looked for a place to camp. We found a nice spot for the bivy sacks, ate dinner, then wandered down the creek a little ways before we crawled into the bags and went to sleep. Of course at 6:30, we weren't all that tired so we watched the stars for a while before settling down to sleep. Clear Creek was definitely warmer than our night in the Mazatzal Mountains, but camping by the creek lead to a bit more humidity and condensation was soon forming on the inside of my bag. The way to deal with condensation is to open up your bivy sack and get more air flow, but this also means a colder night. Fortunately, it wasn't all that cold and I slept nearly the entire night without waking up.
When morning came we packed up quickly and were soon on the trail heading of the Clear Creek drainage. Breakfast was chilly but it didn't take long for us to warm up on the climb and start shedding clothes. After a couple short stop to lose some clothes, we were cruising along the Tonto Platform enjoying a warm sunny morning in the canyon. We didn't see anyone until we were descending down toward Phantom Ranch where we filled up our bottles and started the climb back up to the South Rim.
|Getting under way|
|Up and out|
|The Tonto Platform|
|Just upstream from Phantom Ranch|