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  1. George_Washington_Hayduke

    Clearwater - Bowdie - Fable Valley - Gypsum - Easter Pasture -8 Day Backpack/Packraft Loop

    Back at the end of October, @Adventure monkey and I went on an 8 day Canyoneering/Backpacking/Packrafting trip through the lower Cataract Canyon/Dark Canyon/Orange Cliffs area. We began at Clearwater Canyon, and worked our way down to the Colorado River where we packrafted to Bowdie Canyon. We...
  2. Jackson

    Sheiks and Bullet Canyons

    March 18-20, 2018 There was a huge difference in weather between my spring break this year and my spring break last year. Last year was sunny and a bit warmer than normal. So you likely can imagine what this year's was like. My wife, @Jessica, and I headed down to Cedar Mesa Sunday March 18 to...
  3. LarryBoy

    A Slick Trip in Slickhorn

    April 2015. I drove down to Cedar Mesa, intending to hike the class Fish/Owl loop. I stopped by the ranger station to collect my permit. The road to Fish and Owl, the kindly volunteer ranger told me, was impassible. Too much wet clay. Fortunately, I had thrown my third-edition Kelsey book in my...
  4. Wanderlust073

    Fish and Owl Canyons overnight

    With snow putting an end to the Colorado alpine backpacking with which I have so recently and completely fallen in love, I thought I'd take a few days and see what backpacking in Utah had to offer. I've never visited Utah before at all, so when I saw a nice stretch of weather forecasted between...
  5. Nick

    Bears Ears National Monument

    It looks like Obama is going to declare Bears Ears National Monument this afternoon! EDIT: It's official...
  6. Kullaberg63

    Upper Bowdie loop

    I have a very short list of hikes I might never repeat. This one got added! Why? Brush! Too bad, because I love wild and remote places like this where nobody hardly ever goes. Followed @Bob 's track from here: It ended up...
  7. DrNed

    Fish & Owl Canyons

    So we started out at 4:00 AM on Thursday April 9 to drive down to Cedar Mesa. After stopping for gas and breakfast in Hanksville we made it the Kane Gulch Ranger Station. After picking up our permit we headed to the Fish & Owl Trail Head. From the Ranger Station it's a mile further south on...
  8. IntrepidXJ

    Kane Gulch to Bullet Canyon

    Grand Gulch Loop Friday - Saturday, May 1-3, 2015 After spending a few days in lower Grand Gulch last week, I went back home to work for four days before driving back down to Cedar Mesa to backpack the popular Kane Gulch to Bullet Canyon loop of Grand Gulch with Diane. This would be Diane's...
  9. IntrepidXJ

    Lower Grand Gulch

    Wednesday - Sunday, April 22-26, 2015 It seems to have become an annual spring tradition for Jared, Dave and myself to plan a backpacking trip in late April or early May to southern Utah in search of ancient ruins and rock art. This year we decided to spend three nights in lower Grand Gulch...
  10. hatchcanyon

    Hidden Valley (2009)

    Hidden Valley is a tributary of Blue Notch Canyon south of Hite. Blue Notch and its road is mainly used for lake access on Lake Powell and the smaller Hidden Valley with its mining history often missed. The same happened to us on our first visit. Returning from Castle Butte on the bank of the...
  11. IntrepidXJ

    President’s Day Weekend on Cedar Mesa

    Saturday - Monday, February 14-16, 2015 Diane and I spent Valentine's Day and the long President's Day weekend on Cedar Mesa for our very first camping trip of the year. We setup our base-camp at the Natural Bridges National Monument campground and enjoyed the beautiful spring-like weather all...
  12. Bob

    Grand Gulch, Short Trip

    Joey and I headed out for a short trip into Grand Gulch. All missed out, weather was like end of April....excellent: went in via Coyote Canyon and out of Bullet Canyon via side canyon. Found a nice small ruin, with actually no sign of ever being visited. Here are a few pic:
  13. Bob

    Grand Gulch - Moonhouse

    Oldie but a goodie, easy day hike or camp and explore canyon. Day permit required, in season.
  14. Bob

    Dark Canyon - Dry Mesa Area

    Short trip in 2012 looking for some ruins I heard rumor of from a fire crew. Only substantial one we found, supposed to be others hidden along the top in the Junipers. Pretty rough. Borders Rig Canyon.
  15. IntrepidXJ

    Cedar Mesa for Thanksgiving

    Thursday - Sunday, November 27-30, 2014 For Thanksgiving this year, Diane and I decided to spend a nice relaxing weekend on Cedar Mesa and we really lucked out with nice weather all weekend. The high temperatures were in the upper 50's during the day and low temperatures only dropped into the...
  16. westerner54

    Lower Grand Gulch, Below the Narrows

    This looks like a pretty good fall campsite, don't you think? Lots of afternoon sun , reflected warmth from the canyon walls during the night, nice clear water in pot holes fifty feet away, These pot holes might not look like much, but finding beautiful clear water like this in the desert...
  17. Ben

    Fish and Owl Canyons, Cedar Mesa, UT

    Winter always leaves me jonesing to get out. It's a long time to not be backpacking. So i decided to get down to southern utah as soon as i could this year. I planned on the first week end of march, which also ended up being the last week end of february. I drove down to Provo with my girl and...
  18. Eugene

    Woodenshoe Canyon April 2014

    Introduction: Four of us had planned to do Arch Canyon but decided to try and do Woodenshoe Canyon instead. We flew into Albuquerque on Monday Apr 21 and proceeded to drive to Blanding and then the trailhead. The road to the trailhead we used is off of highway 95 and then off the Natural...
  19. Dave

    Cedar Mesa, Feb. 20-22 2014

    Taking care of unfinished business — weather had spoiled plans for a winter visit to Cedar Mesa at the conclusion of my wagon trip around the White Rim. So when temperatures started creeping up from their freezing lows in February, I set out south once again. Finding a camping spot along the...
  20. DAA

    Todie, Slickhorn & Gravel

    Todie canyon I rolled out of town after lunch on Thur. the 10th. Destination, Cedar Mesa. I arrived with plenty of time to setup camp before dark at a nice spot on Coyote Flat. A spot that Randy, Jared and I had camped when we hiked Sheiks canyon. The next morning I drove to the Todie...

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