Coldwater trail finally flattened out and we resumed our jog. The danger here was that we both nearly ran off the narrow trail into drop-offs. So, with our focus in place we continued toward Indian Trail. Along the way, there was a log shelter. I am no fan of graffiti, but the word "REST" was spray painted on the front, and for some reason, I really didn't mind. We resumed, now downward just as steep as before until we came upon a view of the "waterfall". I have to put the parenthesis here because the pipe high on the canyon wall gives away the fact that the source of the water is not springing out of this otherwise waterless mountainside, and basically has an on/off switch. Upon revealing this to Chandra, I feared that her enjoyment of this water feature (which attracts many admirers) might never be the same (sorry, Chandra!).
We decided to turn around and head back the way we came. We also vowed to hike Coldwater and Indian again and that next time, we'd park a car on the other end by the Rainbow Gardens Trail allowing us to continue descending Indian to Shoreline instead of looping and having to walk up the road in Ogden Canyon's narrowest section.
By the time we made it back to the joggable flat stretch, sweat was dripping profusely down my face partly due to that day's humidity. I even dripped some on Chandra's arm (which she LOVED!)....well maybe it wasn't love, but she didn't gag, so that was encouraging. We're now descending the steep trail back toward Ogden Canyon at a running pace. This was a bit harrowing at times, but exhilarating nonetheless. By some miracle, we made it to the bottom in one piece, where we noticed a spring. Water had filled a place in the ground and trickled out into the stream below. I wasn't so brave, but Chandra drank from it and I haven't heard of any repercussions.
So, in closing, I must recommend this stunningly beautiful hike located conveniently close to the Ogden and the Valley. Do enjoy!! --deb