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Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

In Brief: Photos from a hike to the Great Wall Spur on a hot and clear day.

Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

A line of Great Wall runs down a ridge.

We had a fun hike on the Great Wall Spur—tough because it was a hot day, but worthwhile because the views were awesome.

We got an early start on the day, and finished most of the big climb up to the wall before the temperatures got too hot. We were aided on the climb by a break in a cool cave. In winter, the cave always feels warmer than outside, and in summer, the cave feels like it’s air-conditioned—just what we needed on a hot day.

From the cave we climbed a little farther to reach the Great Wall, getting up at one of the towes on the ‘spur’ section.

After a rest, a snack, and plenty of time to enjoy the views, we continued along the wall. The hike took us up to the high point in the area, and then down a long line of unrestored wall that has remained in pretty good condition considering it is more than 400 years old.

We finished with a break in the last tower on the line of wall and then walked down a hill trail to complete the hike.

Starting the big climb up to the Great Wall - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Starting the big climb up to the Great Wall.

Super guide Mill in the cool cave - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Super guide Mill in the cool cave.

Looking into the cave - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Looking into the cave.

We're way up in the hills, and nearly at the Great Wall - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

We're way up in the hills, and nearly at the Great Wall.

Looking back down the valley we could see where we started the hike - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Looking back down the valley we could see where we started the hike.

Finally at the wall. It's an imposing structure. Luckily we're on the inside, and there's a gate and stairs we can use. No chance to climb on from the outside - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Finally at the wall. It's an imposing structure. Luckily we're on the inside, and there's a gate and stairs we can use. No chance to climb on from the outside.

Interesting angle for a photo - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Interesting angle for a photo.

Beautiful weather for a walk. We'd continue up the Great Wall - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Beautiful weather for a walk. We'd continue up the Great Wall.

Hikers taking a break on a tower - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Hikers taking a break on a tower.

Mill is talking about the history of the Great Wall - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Mill is talking about the history of the Great Wall.

We headed down a part of the wall that is overgrown with bushes - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

We headed down a part of the wall that is overgrown with bushes.

Looking back up to the high point - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Looking back up to the high point.

Hiking on down - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Hiking on down.

We took our time walking through this brushy and slippery section - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

We took our time walking through this brushy and slippery section.

The tower in the background is the last one we'd visit - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

The tower in the background is the last one we'd visit.

Clouds over the wall - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Clouds over the wall.

A corridor in one of the smaller towers - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

A corridor in one of the smaller towers.

Snack break on the last tower - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Snack break on the last tower.

Enjoying the shade before finishing the walk - Great Wall Spur hike, 2016/07/13

Enjoying the shade before finishing the walk.

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