Then, it was a moderate climb up the gorge with the trail through the middle of a rocky bed. (Most of us remembered the climb down this bed back last winter....surprisingly, it seemed worse going down than up!)
Rejoining those waiting at the swinging bridge, we left by two's and three's and backtracked over to the bridge by Suck Creek and waited until we were a group again. The air still had a bite, but we were blessed by blue sky as we made our way back across the rushing water on to our cars. We all met up at Merv's for lunch. It took some doing but we all eventually had lunch!