East Cedar Mountain

Desertrat

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East Cedar Mountain has been on my list for a long time. I first read about it Michael Kelsey's book. So finally I decided to give it a shot on Sunday. I drove down to Emery and then took the Miller Canyon road down to I-70. From there it was all dirt roads to Cedar Mountain. The drive in was nice, no traffic and fairly smooth roads.

Mesa Butte


East Cedar Mountain


I got to my desired parking spot and the wind was blowing really hard. I sat there debating whether to go or just ride around. I finally talked myself into hiking it. The plan was to walk up the ridge line but staying on the South, just below the ridge cut the wind down quite a bit. The hike up was steep and lots of boulders. It took about an hour forty five to reach the top.

Trailhead


Looking North


East Cedar Mountain Peaks


I wanted to go further but the peaks were steep and loose. Plus huge dropoffs all around so I didn't want to chance it and turned around. The hike down was quicker because I didn't have to take as many rest breaks.

Chimney Canyon Down Below


Small Juniper


Cedar Mountain


After getting back to the truck, I sat there and ate my lunch consisting of a salami sandwich and mountain dew. I took a different way home. I drove to the Lonetree Crossing and Salt Wash. I did take a wrong turn once but it didn't take long to figure out I was in the wrong spot. The bridge was a lot narrower than I thought it was going to be. After the crossing I drove down I-70 and through Buckhorn Draw to home.

Lonetree Crossing


Narrow Bridge


It was a good hike but the wind was a nightmare. If I got out on the North side ridge it felt like I was going to get blown off the mountain. Now I can scratch that off my to do list.

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Desertrat

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No I haven't seen the arch. Next time I am down that way, I will have to look for it.
 
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