Echo Canyon > Lower Rhyolite Canyon Trail

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This all-day hike was made a lot easier thanks to the monument staff who provided us a shuttle from the campground up to the summit. The rest was up to us, and we made a day of it. What was probably most bizarre was at the 7,000′ point where the Bullock fire from a year earlier had scorched the earth, and how! We were walking along a perfectly defined trail with acres of grey stubble on either side of our path. Regardless of the heat of the fire, there were signs of growth here and there, and one (albeit burned) tree in a field of barren debris. Beneath this last remnant of what must have been a wonderful high-elevation habitat Sooney was shaded while she called her sister; we took cell connectivity when we got it.