Bowknot Bend saddle, hike up from south side??

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  1. Kullaberg63

    Kullaberg63 Member

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    I know there's a trail up from the river on the north side (done it), but can you ascend/descend from the south side? I'm planning a packraft dayhike for this coming weekend that hinges on this crucial piece of info. Thanks!
     
  2. Nick

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    I don't know, but I just checked my photos from when I drifted by there last October. Usually I take a lot of photos of a thing like that, but curiously I only took one. Click here to view it in super high resolution or see smaller version below. It doesn't look like any way up in that frame but it's super close to going in a few spots so there definitely might be a way. Hopefully someone else can be more definitive, but I thought I'd post anyway.

    Super high res version: http://backcountrypost.com/forum/uploads/bowknot.jpg

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    Perhaps @Udink @ashergrey or @gnwatts know more...
     
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    This is just from looking at sat view, but I'd bet money that this route goes, if not something better.

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  4. Udink

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    It took me a while to remember where I'd read an account of a southerly route down from the saddle. This is from Steve Allen's Utah's Canyon Country Place Names:

    I doubt that constitutes "fair use," so feel free to remove this, Nick, before Google indexes it. :D
     
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    I dunno man, that makes me want to buy that book even more....
     
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    It looks like staying high either east or west will eventually let you drop below the cliff band and go down the talus, but I think west is the shortest distance before finding a break in the cliffs.

    I've never regretted the purchase. :)
     
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    I agree, the west looks good too, but if it were the only way that looked good on sat, I'd be a little apprehensive. The east route looks like a sure thing, IMO.
     
  8. Kullaberg63

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    Some dramatic reports by those old explorers, for sure. We'll likely give it a shot, although after finding udink's report of his geocache hunt to the top I'd def have to go there too!
     
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  10. Dave

    Dave Broadcaster, formerly "ashergrey"

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    From the saddle looking east along the south slope:
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    From the water looking at the eastern side of the south slope:
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    From the water looking at the western side of the south slope:
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  11. Kullaberg63

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    We did the loop using the talus slope through the Chinle at the eastern (upstream) end of the saddle. No problems.

    Here's a simple non interactive screenshot of the trip:

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    by kullaberg631, on Flickr

    Thanks for the input!!
     
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  12. Nick

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    Way cool. Really looking forward to hearing more about it!
     
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