Trail Pictures

Muddy Creek

Muddy Creek

San Rafael Swell

Car

Tomsich Butte

Fall color

Hondu Arch

Hondu Arch

Hondu Arch

Hondu Arch

Mine

Muddy Creek

Moonshine Wash

Moonshine Wash

Moonshine Wash

Moonshine Wash

Rattlesnake

Rattlesnake

Moonshine Wash

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The weekend of 2 Nov 12, Tracy and I took a trip down to southern Utah.  We stayed in Green

River on Friday night, and then headed down to Muddy Creek on Saturday, with our first stop

at the Hidden Splendor Mine (Google Map).  The road out to here wasn't bad at all, and it was

really pretty.  We hiked along Muddy Creek for a mile or so, but the water level was pretty high

up, so we ended up turning around.  From there, we headed up to Tomsich Butte (Google

Map) to see the other end of the Chute of Muddy Creek.  This area had more obvios mining

ruins, which was cool, and it also had a big arch and was just generally prettier than the Hidden

Splendor area.  We walked around here for awhile, and then started the long drive through the

Swell to get to the Goblin Valley side of the Swell.  There were some people from an online

outdoors forum who were camping that night near Horseshoe Canyon, so I thought it would be

cool to try to meet up with them.  So we made the long drive through the San Rafael Swell and

then the long drive out into the San Rafael Desert.  Some parts of the road had some

surprisingly deep sand.  We've driven this road before, and the sand wasn't nearly as deep.

I'm not sure I could have done a couple of stretches without high clearance and four-wheel

drive.  We found the group's campsite near Keg Knoll overlooking Horseshoe Canyon at a

place we had actually explored before just before dark, and spent the night meeting new

friends.

We got up on Sunday and headed to Moonshine Wash (Google Map).  The people we camped

with had done this canyon the day before, and they said it was a nice canyon, so we decided to

check it out since it was nearby and on the way home.  The canyon really was nice.  It wasn't

technical, but it had several challenging downclimbs that made it interesting.  We also saw a

midget rattlesnake, so that was cool.  We tried to find an exit out of the canyon to hike back to

the truck, but we ended up hiking about a mile past the slot and couldn't find anything, so we

just backtracked back up the canyon without any problems.  In fact, I kind of enjoyed the

challenges of negotiating the climbs back up canyon, so I'm glad we did it that way.  We did

see one possible way to climb out of the canyon just past the slot, but it seemed riskier than

just backtracking, so we backtracked.

We then finished the long, dusty drive out of the desert and headed home.  This was a great

trip.  We had never driven all the way down to Muddy Creek, so it was nice seeing that area.

We also met some great people from the online group, so that was cool, and then we hiked a

really nice canyon and saw some new wildlife.  That's a good weekend.