Sawcut Gorge

Sawcut Gorge

In which Miles walks, then wades, through a chasm that is at one point 150 meters deep but only 2 meters wide.

I had some more problems with the gallery below, but it is not quite complete.  To view all 21 pictures on imgur, click here.

The gravel road in to Sawcut Gorge is possibly the roughest I’ve traveled, but the scenery is impressive.

Road to Sawcut Gorge
Road to Sawcut Gorge

Most or all of the road and trail are on private land, and parking is essentially on the lawn of property owners kind enough to allow access.

Sawcut Gorge route
Sawcut Gorge route

The trail quickly reaches the river, and I hopped from rock to rock to make the first crossing – and soon another – then another.  Soon even when I wasn’t crossing the river I was walking on large rocks.

Isolated Creek
River track to Sawcut Gorge

Now the online info available told me to expect to get wet, and I soon met people returning from the walk with wet shoes.  At least one person even told me that they had given up and just walked in the river.  But I kept trying to keep my boots dry.

Sawcut Gorge
Sawcut Gorge

But it is inevitable – if you plan to make it to the gorge, you will have to wade.  The picture below is, I believe, the point at which it got so deep that the bottom of my pack got wet.

Sawcut Gorge
Sawcut Gorge

I didn’t have to wade through this on the way back however, so I think I missed a trail around it.  At the point below I was ready to turn back until I saw some other people coming back along a trail I had missed.  I couldn’t see a way forward without swimming until I saw them – and even then I wasn’t sure I could get through.  The trail took me up above the rocks.

Sawcut Gorge
Sawcut Gorge
Sawcut Gorge
Sawcut Gorge

Below is the narrowest point I remember.  It looks a bit wider than two meters though.

Sawcut Gorge
Sawcut Gorge

I continued on and enjoyed the river and huge rocks and mountain backdrops.

Sawcut Gorge
Sawcut Gorge
Sawcut Gorge
Sawcut Gorge

The map indicated that the track ends where the track to Isolated Hill begins, so I turned back at that point.

Sawcut Gorge
Sawcut Gorge

I encourage you to check out the gallery on imgur for the full impact of this unusual landscape.

Back at the home of the landowners, I was greeted by their herd of alpaca.  These are friendly pack animals, and I hear that they are great companions on back country trips.  And of course they carry your supplies for you!

Alpaca near Sawcut Gorge
Alpaca near Sawcut Gorge

Enjoy the nearly-complete gallery below, or to view all 21 pictures on imgur, click here.

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