Trail Pictures

San Rafael sunrise

San Rafael sunrise

San Rafael sunrise

Little Wild Horse

Canyon

Little Wild Horse

Little Wild Horse

Little Wild Horse

Moon set

Little Wild Horse

Little Wild Horse

Little Wild Horse

Little Wild Horse

Little Wild Horse

Little Wild Horse

Little Wild Horse

Silent desert

Cool rock

Cool rock

Bell Canyon

Horseshoe Canyon

Horseshoe

Horseshoe

Horseshoe

Horseshoe

Horseshoe pictographs

Horseshoe Aspen

Horseshoe

Horseshoe

Horseshoe

Horseshoe

Horseshoe Pictographs

Horseshoe Pictographs

Horseshoe Pictographs

Horseshoe Pictographs

Horseshoe Pictographs

Horseshoe Pictographs

Horseshoe

San Rafael Gorge

San Rafael Gorge

San Rafael Gorge

San Rafael Gorge

San Rafael Gorge

San Rafael Gorge

San Rafael Gorge

San Rafael Swell

Truck @ San Rafael

Gorge

San Rafael Swell

San Rafael Swell

San Rafael Swell

Canyonlands

        Utah Area Trails Causey Sep 2013 Leidy Peak/Lakeshore Little East Fork Blacks Fork Brown Duck Basin Robber's Roost May 13 Coyote Gulch 2013 Happy Canyon Robber's Roost Mar 13 Comet Needles Feb 2013 Colton Cabin Moab Bill Moonshine Wash Uintas Fall 2012 McCoy Park 2012 Spider Lake Popo Agie Tosi Creek West Fork Blacks Fork East Fork Bear River Camp East Fork Bear River Center Park Uinta River Moab and San Rafael Swell Dirty Devil with James West Desert San Rafael Desert S. Utah with Cory Lake Powell 2011 The Needles The Maze E Fork Burnt Fork Leidy Peak Burnt Fork Granite Highline Causey May 11 Green River Buck Canyon Antelope Apr 11 Smith Fork Grizzly Ridge Yurt Moab Arches Bear River Moab Flight Snowbasin Art Nord Moab Rim Zion Dry Fork Naturalist Basin Timpanogos Cave Meteor Shower Yellowstone Creek McCoy Park Ostler Creek Granddaddy Causey Southern Utah Coyote Gulch White Canyon - Moqui Canyon Tetons - Cabin Southern Utah Wildhorse Canyon Snowbasin Great Salt Lake Snowbasin Robber's Roost Deep Creeks Farmington Canyon Nine Mile Canyon Fish Lake - McCoy Park Harris Wash Antelope Island Moab Southern Utah Log Hollow Moab Lake Powell Wasatch Buckskin Gulch Deseret Peak Pine Valley Logan Canyon Causey Reservoir China Meadows Haystack Lake Cow Park Highline Grandaddy Lakes Amethyst Basin Uintas Cat Canyon Southern Utah Southern Utah Glen Canyon Swett Canyon Antelope Island Uintas - Yurt Pebble Creek Robbers Roost Antelope/ Lost Creek N Fork Provo River Capitol Reef Pine Valley Wilderness Uintas Stillwater Reservoir Grandaddy Mountain Logan Canyon Canyonlands Arches Twin Lakes Kabell Lake Amethyst Basin South Cedar Ridge Canyon Hurricane Wash Middle Fork of the Ogden River Moab Cat Canyon Crack Canyon Causey Reservoir St George Log Hollow Canyonlands Steam Mill Canyon Row Bench Rubies Highline Causey Reservoir Flat Tops Grand Daddy Lake Antelope Island White Pine Lake Brown Duck Flaming Gorge Snowbasin Swasey Lakes Spooky Gulch White Rock Bay Grand Gulch Cat Canyon Moon Lake Antelope Island Antelope Island Long Park Grand Daddy Lake Hades Pass Tom's Canyon Just arrived

This was a nice weekend.  The weekend of 11 Nov 06 was a three day weekend...well, at least

for us spoiled federal employees it was a three day weekend.  So I headed down to southern

Utah to do some good canyoneering.  I went Thursday night by myself and camped just

outside of Goblin Valley State Park.  I got up bright and early on Friday and hiked the Little Wild

Horse Canyon (Google Map) and Bell Canyon loop in the San Rafael Swell.  Little Wild Horse

was a great slot canyon.  It wasn't technical at all, but it had some really long stretches of slot.

But then I really liked the desert hiking between Little Wild Horse and Bell.  I don't know what it

was, but I had been on call for work for two weeks in a row, so I had pretty much been cooped

up for almost three weeks.  As a result, I was REALLY stir crazy and needed a solitude fix.  So,

when I came out of Little Wild Horse into the desert I had planned on taking a break and doing

some reading.  But when I stopped, my ears actually HURT from the complete and total silence

of the desert morning.  It was incredible.  I actually had to keep moving just to keep my ears

from hurting from the silence.  So after over a year in Utah I finally fell in love with the desert.  I

need that silence.  But then I dropped down into Bell Canyon, and it was getting later in the

day, so I passed a couple of groups of people and the spell was broken.  Bell wasn't as much a

slot as Little Wild Horse, but it was still nice.  Then I got back to the truck, tried to do some four-

wheeling, chickened out, did some easier driving in the desert, got ANOTHER flat tire, drove

back to Green River, got the tire fixed, and then met Tracy.  We stayed the night in Green

River and then got up the next morning to hike in The Maze of Canyonlands.  Well, we drove

50 miles of dirt roads for hours, before I finally chickened out because my tires weren't in the

best shape.  We never made it to the Maze.  I honestly don't think anyone could get to the

Maze, hike anything significant, and get back out in less than four days.  That was, by far, the

most remote place I have ever been to.  But we turned around and went back to Horseshoe

Canyon and did lots of hiking there.  Horseshoe was nice with its old pictographs.  We did

some speed hiking in that canyon, but we had a great time.  The next day we did lots of

exploring in the northern end of the San Rafael Swell.  All in all, I put about 140 miles on my

truck on dirt roads in three days.  That's an amazing amount of seclusion that I have never

done before.  So it was a great weekend.