I am planning my first Ruby Horsethief trip and have a question for those of you who have hiked around in Rattlesnake Canyon and/or Mee Canyon...
We are rigging/running shuttle early the first day and realistically won't be on the river until noon or so. Black Rocks the second night. My plan was to hike Rattlesnake the first day and then stay at Beaver Tail. Rattlesnake looks super amazing—however, I am starting to think a difficult 6.5-mile hike at the end of July when it is probably going to be 100 degrees might be a bit ambitious, and I don't want my friends to hate me.
We have done desert hiking when it's hot out before, but usually not for 5-6 hours at a time. Is Rattlesnake still cool if you only make it up there a mile or two?
Would it be better to float all the way to Mee the first day? My research has suggested that Mee might be better for a short hike. Mee Canyon and Mee Corner are reserved but there are other Mee sites still available for that night.