Robber's Roost in southern Utah. We had hiked here before, but this time we wanted to
actually make it into Robber's Roost Canyon. We spent Friday night in Green River (as
always), and then headed to the trail on Saturday morning. We hiked down to the small cliff
that had stopped us last time from continuing to the Dirty Devil River, but didn't have any real
problems getting down the drop-off. I had brought some rope, but we didn't need it. Tracy
had to lower both our packs to me, but the drop off wasn't high enough to need the ropes.
Then we crossed the Dirty Devil, which was only about knee deep. There was a trail on the
opposite side of the river, and we followed that through the thick underbrush all the way to
Robber's Roost. We hiked about 30 minutes up Robber's Roost, then had to turn around to
make it back to the truck. The hike along the river and the short way we went up Robber's
Roost were okay. We decided, though, that we really like hiking on the slickrock above the
river better. I really like this area, though, and the solitude out there is completely
unbelievable...it gets high marks in my books for the simple fact that we only saw two other
sets of tracks on the trail that were probably several days or weeks old, and absolutely no
other signs of people. When we crossed the Dirty Devil on our way back, my feet and my
sandals got REALLY muddy, so I tried to wash them off in the clear water of Beaver Wash.
Unfortunately, I got caught in quick sand...good times! Actually, I had always wanted to get
caught in quicksand, so I really enjoyed it! I sunk up to just above my ankle on my right foot,
but was eventually able to get out. Tracy didn't come help me because she thought my cries
for help were just a joke...I gotta stop being silly about those kinds of things!
Here's a map showing the GPS track we hiked, as well as the specific location where each
picture was taken. Also, here's the GPX tracklog if you're interested.
After getting back to the truck, we drove to Torrey, and spent the night. We got up on Sunday
Wash. The hikes were nice, but there were far more people there than I like. It wasn't horrible
most of the time, but if i"m going to drive that far, I expect to get away from people. Capitol
Reef might be good in the dead of winter, but otherwise I think I can mark it off the list.