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South Tent Mountain

On July 25, Dad and I climbed to the highest point in Sanpete County at 11,285 Ft. We drove past Joe’s Valley and up onto Skyline Drive finding a few geocaches along the way. We made it the base of the mountain and began hiking up.

There are two different routes people take. We could of either followed an old road up North Tent down the saddle and up onto South Tent or climb up to the saddle and over to South Tent. We decided to go the shorter route which was just up the saddle and then over to South Tent. While climbing up we passed some springs running down the mountain and we followed one up to where it came out of the ground. I took a drink from it and the water was cold and tasted awesome.

The hike up to the saddle was steep but after the saddle the rest of the climb wasn’t bad. The views were nice from up here. Once on top we signed the summit register and noticed that someone else had been up there that day. We then found the geocache and started our hike down.

On our way back down we came across another head of a spring and just below it was a small waterfall. It took a little scramble to get below for a picture. The rest of the hike down wasn’t too bad.

Our hike was 2.3 miles with 977 ft elevation gain. It took us 1 1/2 hours up and a little over an hour down. We then drove further out along Skyline and headed down to Spring City and over to Fairview for some lunch. It was a good day to up in the mountains.

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GPS Track: Google Earth KML

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2015 in Geocaching, Hiking, Mountains, Outdoors

 

Fremont Indian State Park

Again back on May 25, I was out and about, so I decided to stop at the Fremont Indian State Park. I first went inside and checked out the little museum and watched the short video describing the history here. It was sad to hear how I-70 cut through the center of the village.

After the museum, I hiked the trails looking at all the writtings around the visitor center. The weather was perfect, slight overcast that kept the temps down.

After leaving the state park, I didn’t want to take I-70 all the way home. So I turned off onto Hwy 89 heading South. I stopped to get a picture of Big Rock Candy Mountain. I then stopped in Marysvale for lunch.

I continued South and turned onto State road 62 heading towards Otter Creek Reservoir. I then headed back up into Salina and then up into Fairview and over into Huntington. It was a great deviation from I-70, it was cool exploring some area I had never been before. Next time in this area I want to bring my fishing pole and see if there any fish in the creeks.

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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Outdoors

 

Spring Canyon ATV Ride

Clear back on April 15, I took a fun four wheeler ride. We left early in the day and stopped in Green River for some breakfast. Then followed the old highway 6 to the end and staged at a gravel pit just off of I-70.

We drove down the dirt roads finding some geocaches along the way. Our first major stop was at Dripping Springs crossing.

It was an interesting spot and after a few pictures we rode out to Secret Spire. Found a geocahce and hiked around some.

The next stop was across the canyon at Dallenbaugh Tunnel. But to get there was a rough road that went around the canyon. Along this road we ran into our first group of people. There was three built Jeeps just leaving the Tunnel. The tunnel is kind of hidden but a short hiking trail lead us right to it.

We then took a different route out. It was another jeep trail and it had lot of rocky sections and a fun high speed whoop section. At one point along the road we were up high in the cliffs and we could see the road below us and kept wondering when is road going to make its way down. We then came to a real steep section that was just sandstone leading down. I really had a good time on this road.

After getting back on the main road, Dad’s four wheeler started to backfire then died. We tried to start but it wouldn’t start. So we pulled the fuel line and a bunch of dirt came flowing out. Somehow his bike sucked in some dirt. After clearing the lines it fired up but still gave us problems once in a while. We debated on whether to turn around or keep going but decided to chance it.

We made it to the top of Spring Canyon and it was a nice view. The road is along a shelf with quite the drop off on one side. I thought this was a cool road. Once we made it to the bottom we stopped in the shade of a group of trees and had lunch.

From there we followed the trail toward Hey Joe Canyon. This is where the trail got really rough. I hit bottom of my Rzr way to many times. We didn’t make it all the way to Hey Joe. We made it as far as the Launch Marguerite inscription before deciding to turn around because Dad’s ATV was still giving us trouble.

After turning around we made it back to the top without any incidence. We then followed the main road to the Dubinky Well and I couldn’t believe how big the windmill was.

Afterwards we headed back for the trucks. It started to rain off and on until we got back to the trucks, I was glad I had a windshield and a roof. We stopped back in Green River for dinner then headed home. It ended up being about a 96 mile ride and was a blast.

Update: Dad’s ATV got worse after getting it home. We ended up tearing the carb apart twice to clean it and then buying a rebuild kit. As well as pulling the fuel valve out of the tank and cleaning the screens. Now it runs better than before.

Photo Gallery: Spring Canyon ATV Ride
GPS Track: Google Earth KML

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2015 in 4X4, ATV, Desert, Geocaching, Outdoors

 

Grotto Canyon and Horse Heaven Arch

On Sunday, Dad and I hiked Steve Allen’s Grotto Canyon loop trail in the Northern San Rafael Reef. The Tidwell Draw road out to the trailhead was in rough shape. It was the worst I have seen it in. I had to use four wheel drive a couple times to get through washouts. But we finally got to the trailhead at 11:30. The trail starts out kind of unremarkable.

After a short distance it gets better and the canyon deepens.

Once it narrows up there was a pothole we couldn’t make it past so we had to backtrack and climb out of the canyon.

After climbing back in it narrows up again nicely. We stemmed over two pools but was stopped by a third but the end was within sight.

The narrows end at a large dryfall so we backtracked and climbed out. We then hiked past the dryfall and climbed back in the canyon.

Just after dropping in there was a leaning rock barely balancing on a small rock.

We headed up canyon for a short way, then climbed out and hiked North over to an old cowboy cabin.

After the cabin, we continued North into another canyon to see Horse Heaven Arch.

After seeing the arch we backtracked and headed down canyon. This canyon had a lot of potholes full of water.

There is one big dryfall but it is easily bypassed.

This canyon took us back to the trailhead and finished our loop. It took us 5 hours and was a bit over 5 miles long. The weather was perfect plus we had the area all to ourselves. Good day.

Photo Gallery: Grotto Canyon

GPS Tracklog: Google Earth KMZ

 

East Cedar Mountain

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.

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 doing 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.

I wanted to go further but the peaks were steep and loose rocks all around. 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.

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 was headed for 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.

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 getting blown off the mountain. Now I can scratch that off my to do list.

Photo Gallery: East Cedar Mountain

GPS Tracklog: Google Earth KMZ

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Desert, Hiking, Mountains, San Rafael Swell

 

Coal Cliffs Revisited

I had told my dad about my last rip to Coal Cliffs and he wanted to go out there since. So on Saturday we headed out there. We stopped at the same places as before. The first stop was at an old abandoned coal mine. We hiked down to the portal but it had been collapsed. We were able to go under some of the rockfall and follow a small seam a short distance.

Next we went over to the vent. It was still putting out heat and noxious fumes.

After that we headed over to a radio tower witch was near the edge. It was a little ways over to the edge and we could look down onto I-70. We sat there for a minute and was able to see several mule deer run by on top.

It was a good time getting out and riding into the desert. The weather was perfect, the temperture was in the lower sixties, good time to be out.

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Posted by on January 28, 2015 in 4X4, Desert, Outdoors

 

Arches National Park

On the 28th I headed down to Arches for the day with my sister and her boyfriend, who has never been to Arches. We had left at 8 and got to the park at 10:30. Next time I hope to leave earlier. We stopped in the visitor center and had a look around. It is really nice inside and worth a quick look. First stop was at the Moab Fault. This had a nice view over the visitor center.

It had been some time, over ten years, since I have been to Arches. So we stopped at most of the roadside stops. Some places I don’t ever remember stopping at before. Like Park Avenue, I don’t think I have been to this little view before.

Next stop on our journey was the LaSal viewpoint.

We then stopped at Balanced Rock and walked around. We followed the trail around Balanced Rock.

After Balanced Rock, we drove past everything else to hike to Landscape Arch. I figured this time of year there wouldn’t be very many people and up to this point there weren’t. But at Landscape Arch every parking spot was taken so we ended up parking quite a ways away. And on the trail We ran into hordes of people. A lot of foreigners, some from Germany, India, and a lot of Asians. It was a elbow to elbow at the end near Landscape Arch.

This guy was eating ice as everyone took his picture.

He even followed us in.

Landscape Arch

Tunnel Arch

Pine Tree Arch

After that experience, it was starting to get late. So we headed for Delicate Arch. It was about 2:30 when we headed up. The hike in was good until we reached the ledge section of the trail. Here it is in shade most of the day and the trail became icy and slick. But with only a few slips and bruises we made it to the arch. Here there were lots of tourists waiting for the perfect shot. Luckily there weren’t many standing under the arch and I could get a few pictures without anyone in it.

Wolfe Ranch

Wolfe Ranch Petroglyphs

Trail up.

Delicate Arch

After getting back to the car it was 4:30 and the sun was going down fast. So we headed towards the Window section and got there in time before the sun went completely down. Lots of people here as well.

South Window

Turret Arch

The plan afterwards was to head into Moab for dinner but we got in a very long line of cars and everyone was heading for Moab. So instead we decided to go into Green River for dinner. After dinner the ride home wasn’t very fun. The snow started coming down heavy which lead to slow driving speeds into Price. It was a good trip and I look forward to doing it again in the spring or fall.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in Desert, Hiking, Outdoors

 
 
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