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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

 
 

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.

Photo Gallery: South Tent Mountain
GPS Track: Google Earth KML

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

 

Black Dragon Canyon Rim

On Sunday, we went for a hike on the San Rafael Reef to find a geocache that hadn’t been found since 08. The hike starts at the mouth of Black Dragon Canyon. The hike starts out immediately climbing up the reef. There isn’t a specific trail just pick your own path.

Our first stop was right above the indian writtings. This was a nice view from on top.

Afterwards we dropped into a small canyon that had a nice alcove with a small pool of water. Rocky isn’t a big fan of water but I made him cool down in the water for a second.

Then it was on to the top, where we found the geocache and took in the great view. We could see Mexican Mountain, Lower Black Box, and Window Blind Peak. It could have been better if it hadn’t been hazy.

Throughout the hike Rocky had been chasing lizards and near the end of our hike Rocky passed by a rock and a rattlesnake started rattling. I immediately yelled at him and grabbed him checking for a bite. Luckily he wasn’t bit. It sure did make me nervous afterwards and I kept a close eye on him for the rest of the hike. That has been only my second rattlesnake encounter.

This is definitely a cool weather hike. It was a little hot Sunday. It was in the lower 90’s but it was worth it.

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GPS Tracklog (Google Earth .KMZ Format)