Trail Pictures

Hunter's Canyon

Hunter's Canyon

Hunter's Canyon

Hunter's Canyon

Hunter's Canyon

Kane Springs

Kane Springs

Kane Springs

Kane Springs

Kane Springs

Fisher Towers

Sunset

Fisher Towers

Fisher Towers

Sunset

Sunset

Sunset

Arch

Moab Rim

Moab Rim

Moab Rim

Moab Rim

Moab Rim

Moab Rim

Moab Rim

Moab Rim

Behind the Rocks

Behind the Rocks

Behind the Rocks

Behind the Rocks

Behind the Rocks

Behind the Rocks

Behind the Rocks

Behind the Rocks

Behind the Rocks

Behind the Rocks

La Sals

La Sals

Tracy @ Moab Rim

Dinosaur tracks

Dinosaur tracks

Dinosaur tracks

Dinosaur tracks

Dinosaur tracks

Arches

Arches

Arches

Ten Mile Canyon

Ten Mile Canyon

Ten Mile Canyon

Ten Mile Canyon

Ten Mile Canyon

Ten Mile Canyon

Ten Mile Canyon

Arch

Desert

Desert

Truck

Green River

Green River

Green River

Moab

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The long weekend of 12 Nov 10, Tracy and I explored around Moab, UT.  I had just gotten

back from going to Tennessee on Monday, and Thursday was a holiday, so we left on

Thursday morning.  We headed straight to Moab, and checked out the Kane Springs Road.

We had tried to drive this road once before, but it was raining and it was Jeep week, so we

didn't drive it.  We did some hiking at Hunter's Canyon (Google Map) to see an arch, and we

just drove around exploring.  We started from Moab, and we didn't think we could make the

loop up Kane Springs back to the highway, and we didn't have enough time to continue up to

Hurrah Pass, so we ended up just turning around and heading back to town.  After getting back

to Moab, we figured we had enough time to drive up to Fisher Towers (Google Map).  By the

time we got there, we just had enough time to get out and take some pictures, and then we

headed back to town around dusk.

On Friday we got up early and hiked the Moab Rim Trail (Google Map).  This trail started out

really steep, but it topped out with a great view over Moab, Arches, and the La Sal Mountains.

We continued in to the Behind the Rocks area, and this area was pretty nice.  We only hiked a

couple of miles past the overlook, so we didn't get into the heart of the jumble to reefs that

make up Behind the Rocks, but it was still pretty nice.  We didn't really see many people, but

since we had overlooked Moab on our way in, I never really felt remote.  We might go back to

check out the Behind the Rocks area by starting south of Moab in Spanish Valley, but I prefer

more remoteness when I go to Southern Utah.  After hiking, we drove up to Willow Springs

Road (Google Map) and checked out some dinosaur tracks.  After that, we just sat in the

desert for an hour or so and read, and then headed back into town for the night.

On Saturday I decided that I had had enough of the touristy feel of the Moab area, so we

headed down Dubinky Well Road (Google Map).  We tried to do some off-roading on the

Crystal Geyser Trail that I thought was going to be pretty easy since it was only rated a 3.  A 3

trail was described as "Difficult terrain, 4WD, good clearance, low gear essential."  But then we

hit an area that just had a really abrupt rock climb, and I didn't think I had enough clearance in

my Xterra to clear the rock.  That was too bad, because we had already done some tough

stuff, but we ended up having to turn around.  I found a way around that area on an easier

trail, and we intersected back up onto the trail again, and continued on.  We eventually did

some hiking on the slickrock above Ten Mile Canyon.  We had been on the other side of this

canyon before, and we really liked it.  We enjoyed it this time, also.  From there we went to the

other side of the canyon where we had been before and did some reading.  Then we drove out

to a very small arch, and then hiked on out to a great overlook of Ten Mile Canyon.  We hiked

around for nearly a couple of hours, and then we made a mad rush on down the road to

overlook the Green River before it got dark.  The Green River looked bigger and the canyon

looked deeper than we expected, so we were glad we had made the drive.  We debated

camping out, but since it was going to get dark around 5:30, and it was going to be cold, and

since we would only be able to explore around for about 4 hours on Sunday before having to

head back home, we decided to just go ahead and head back on Saturday night.

This was a great trip, and I'm glad I'm learning more about Moab.  Moab is amazing in that you

can participate in just about any outdoor activity in an incredible area within an hour of

downtown.  However, it'e a little too touristy for me for southern Utah.  Southern Utah is so

remote and so isolated, that I hate to sacrifice any of that by spending a lot of time in Moab.  Of

course, Moab is about the only town in southern Utah with any resources, but resources are

something you don't really want when you're looking for remoteness.  I do enjoy the

remoteness around Ten Mile canyon, though.