RSS

Category Archives: 4X4

Old Woman Wash

On Saturday, Dad and I went on hike to Old Woman Wash in the San Rafael Reef. To find a geocache that had sat since 2012 with only one find. I came across Udink’s trip report and he had hiked to some nearby pictographs that looked nice. He didn’t post exactly where the writings were but it gave me a general idea of where to start. We arrived at the trail head at 10:30 and began hiking. Instead of going up Old Woman Wash, we backtracked a ways to an old mining road that lead us into the reef.

Once we crested the hill, I knew the writings were somewhere in the valley. So we started scanning the cliffs and was able to spot the Ekker Panel. It was a neat panel with some faded pictographs and a few petroglyphs.

We then followed a side canyon that lead us down into Old Woman Wash. Here again I knew there was some petroglyphs in this side canyon, so I Kept my eyes open and I did happen to spot them, only after passing them.

Once in Old Woman Wash, I was able to spot another panel, High Alcove.

We then continued on up the canyon towards the geocache. There was a lot of water in the canyon today and a lot of little frogs. Every time we would stop we would be able to spot a few frogs hopping away.

We finally were nearing the end of our hike when we came to pool and a boulder obstacle to get around. Trying not to get wet we had to cling to the walls to get around the pool, almost falling into the water, and then the climb over the boulder wasn’t too bad. Due to the water I left my larger camera back but took a few photos with my cell phone. After finding the geocache, we continued up the canyon until it ended at a large dryfall.

The hike back out seemed to go more smoothly then our hike in and we was able to reach the side canyon we entered in good time. We then began to look for another rock art panel and was able to find this one as well. The problem was it was in direct sunlight and washed these faded pictographs out. There were even some old names carved into the walls nearby.

It was then about another mile back to the truck. Halfway out, we ran into three other hikers going to see the writings. The stroll out was an easy sandy wash bottom back to the truck.

After getting back around 4:30 we followed the road South as it paralleled the reef. We made it a short ways until we came across a washout. We didn’t feel like doing any digging so we backtracked to Hwy 24 and headed home.

What a great day, I found all the Indian Writings that I went looking for and hiked up a nice canyon. The weather was perfect and the trees were starting to change colors. In total we hiked about six miles in six hours but we took our time enjoying the great scenery.

Photo Gallery: Old Woman Wash

GPS Track: Google Earth KML

 
 

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

 
Leave a comment

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

 

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.

Photo Gallery

 
Leave a comment

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

 

Thousand Lake, Cathedral Valley Loop

On Labor Day weekend I wanted to go fishing and have a nice drive to the lake. So I decided to take the back way to Morrell Lake in Thousand Lake Mountain. I drove through the Mussentuchit Desert instead of Hwy 72. The road was in good shape and I made good time to Morrell Lake.

Dropping down into Willow Springs Wash

Willow Springs Cabin

View over Last Chance Desert

Solomon’s Temple and dike

Baker’s Ranch

Morrell Lake

I never did see a single person until I pulled up to Morrell Lake. There were two other groups fishing. I tried fishing for a while but never did catch anything. So I fried up a hamburger and then made my way back. Instead of going back the same way, I drove a little farther down into Cathedral Valley. The weather was perfect on top so I took my time heading down.

View of Cathedral Valley from Windy Ridge

Parked on Windy Ridge

After getting into Cathedral Valley I stopped and hiked over to the edge to look into South Desert.

Entering Cathedral Valley

South Desert

A large piece of flint

South Desert

Then it was down the switchbacks and back to the Mussentuchit.

Cathedral Mountain

A dike at the turn off

Solomon’s Temple

Even though the fishing wasn’t any good, I considered this an almost perfect trip. It was a nice laid back trip, a cooler full of Mountain Dew and couple of my favorite places.

Photo Gallery

GPS Tracklog (Google Earth .KML)

 
1 Comment

Posted by on September 15, 2014 in 4X4, Desert, Fishing, Hiking, Outdoors

 

Tags: ,