o2bav8

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Just got back from 9 amazing days of Utah hiking... 83 miles total :)

Started out crossing the Utah border at Monument Valley, proudly showing off my BCP sticker
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Finally arrived at my campsite just before sunset... and ironically could see Tomorrow's final destination at Hamburger Rocks.
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Wasn't too impressed with Lower Muley Canyon... thankfully the Hamburger Rocks made the 19 mile trek with it.
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Next day was Upper Muley Canyon, which did impress!
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Leaving Upper Muley for the Rim Trail paid off as well... impressive views of the Waterpocket fold.
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Next day was the Navajo Knobs. First day I started to actually see other people on a trail.
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It was time to Leave Capitol Reef & head to Escalante to resupply.

First up was the Cosmic Ashtray.
Couldn't find it last year amid all the other peaks, this time I brought GPS coordinates which make things a lot easier.
Next time I'll show up later in the day, was really disappointed with the lighting.

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Next was Big Horn Canyon, focusing mainly on the West Fork & Zebra slot.
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Day started off with heavy rush hour traffic on the Hole-in-the-Rock road... huge herd of cattle decided to occupy the road.

Thankfully I was able to turn around & start the hike where Harris was crosses the Hole-in-the-Rock road just a few miles back.

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Things started to close up quickly in the West Fork...
Time to leave Camelbak behind, although just for a little while, the slot quickly ends thereafter.

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Went on top of the slot to get a good look of the mess I just squeezed though!
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Having been satisfied with the West Fork it was time to wander up the main fork.

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Time to wander down Harris Wash to Zebra Slot...
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I soon ran into waist deep water...
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Thankfully the water wasn't too cold & the pool wasn't very long.
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Need to lose more weight!
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Thankfully the tight squeeze revealed Zebra's magic just around the corner

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Next was Kodachrome State Park. Nice to know warm showers await you after the hike!
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Last day... legs are getting tired so I whimp out with some easy, but still fun hikes at Toadstools & Wire Pass Narrows.
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I really hate this sign...
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TannerT

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What a great trip. Southern Utah rarely disappoints. Thanks for sharing!
 

Tye Dye Twins

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Just beautiful, absolutley beautiful!
 

Eugene

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Great pictures! Also encountered heavy traffic on hole-in-the-rock road several years ago on a Coyote wash trip. Also hit a gypsum pit and nearly got hung up (to say nothing of the flat tire on the way out).
 

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That is some amazing landscape! Would one of you knowledgeable desert guys/gals mind sharing the geological phenomenon that creates those mushroom looking rock formations in pictures 28-34? They're fascinating.
 

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Great trip report! @Vegan.Hiker if you mean the toadstool like features... A stouter cap rock overlays a softer material. The brown cap stones are more weather and most importantly, water resistant and tougher than the underlying white clay for instance. As the region starts eroding around each tower the brown cap stone protects the softer, weaker column beneath it. Over time the tower gets taller as the surrounding unprotected white clay is further eroded by dissolving in rainwater and the forces of wind and rain. These can be many dozens of feet high until one day something or some boy-scout-leader-who-will-remain-unmentioned knocks the whole thing over.
 

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Should have gone above the Zebra slots....the flat bowl has some amazing formation items.....

Looks like a excellent trip all in all... :)
 

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Thanks @langutah - I would have googled them but I didn't even know what they were called. Fascinating stuff.


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o2bav8

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Should have gone above the Zebra slots....the flat bowl has some amazing formation items.....
I went to the top of Zebra, big nasty keeper pothole up there!
Lots of moqui balls too!
 

Bob

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Yeah, the Moqui balls are the really neat feature. Worth seeing. I have never seen many bigger or in that quantity anywhere else..... :twothumbs:
 
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