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Archery Deer Hunt 2015

Back in August I went on an archery deer hunt. I headed out on the 15 and camped for 5 days. Dad bought a new camp trailer that he let me use for the hunt. The first day I ran across a big two point deer with some smaller bucks but they busted me quickly and ran off. Then a storm blew in and rained pretty heavy for the rest of the night. The next day I came across two large four point bucks but there were already some other hunters stalking them but they got busted and I never did come across those two again. While riding back to camp I started to round the corner and in the apex of the turn there was an old arrowhead. Dad went home so the rest of the week I was alone. During the rest of the week I kept driving by a small two point buck but passed on him in hopes of getting a look at the other large bucks. But finally on the day I was going to head home I saw the smaller deer and shot him. It was a 40 yd shoot that double lunged him with a clean pass through. I was happy.

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Posted by on October 11, 2015 in Archery, ATV, Camping, Hunting, Mountains, Outdoors


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


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.

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


Mt. Ellen

Since I had a long weekend I decided to head up to the Henry Mountains and hike to the highest point and do a little exploring. This time I went up Sawmill Basin Road straight out of Hanksville. I first stopped at the old Wolverton Mill in Hanksville. It was an interesting stop and I think worth checking out. Afterwards I was driving straight for the mountain. It didn’t take long before the road started climbing towards the top.

Wolverton Mill

Sawmill Basin Road

View from quarter way up

I passed by the Lonesome Beaver campground and decided to skip it due to a few people already camped there and continued looking for another place to set up camp. As soon as we crested up to Wickiup Pass my transmission temp light came on so we pulled off and had lunch while the trans cooled down. Just after lunch it started to rain and we began climbing up to Bull Creek Pass. There were quite a few deer out and some were really nice bucks.

Bull Creek Pass

We soon found camp on Nasty Flat, same place last time I was there. I really liked this spot, there was a nice view to the West overlooking Capitol Reef and a view of the mountainside to the East to watch for deer. With camp set up, we drove down towards McMillan Springs looking for deer. The campground here had a couple trailers as well as loud generators running, glad we didn’t come here to camp. Then it was back up to relax at camp and get ready for bed.

Next morning, we had a good breakfast and then headed out out hike Mt. Ellen. The clouds were threatening rain so we were a little concerned about lightning. Pulling up to Bull Creek Pass there were two guys watching a herd of deer there. We talked a minute then set out on our hike.The trailhead is at 10,485′, and the high point the Henry Mountains is at 11,522′. We climbed up to the first little saddle and the wind had picked up and it began to rain. So we hunkered under a pine tree until it stopped raining and continued our hike.

Start of our hike

View to the East

View towards Boulder Mountain

We finally reached the top after about three hours. The climb up to the high point wasn’t too bad and after a short lunch, I had enough energy to go ahead and climb Mt. Ellen Peak just under a mile away from the high point.

Bull Mountain

Mt. Ellen Peak looming in the back

High point at 11,522′

Victory shot

Mt. Ellen Peak

Hiking down the saddle over to Mt. Ellen Peak is a drop of about 400′ and then another 400′ to the top of the peak at 11,506′. This part of the trail was the steepest section and definitely tired me out. The views up top were worth it though. While on Mt. Ellen Peak, I spotted two other hikers at the high point. They only made it to there and turned around.

Looking back to the high point

Bull Mountain from Mt. Ellen Peak

Two other hikers on their way back

The hike back up to the high point was an uphill battle but after that it wasn’t too bad heading down. A marmot came out and said hi and the wind had calmed down. We completed the hike in under seven hours.

Almost back at the trailhead

We stayed another night and the next morning headed out a different way. We drove out along South Creek Ridge Road and then down along Crescent Creek. We made a side trip to Barton Peak and then over to Copper Ridge Point. This road was in better shape than the Sawmill Basin Road. On the way out we passed several people on ATV’s. The road out to Barton Peak became more difficult after the mine turnoff so I ended up walking the last bit. Then while on Copper Ridge Point the dog decided to eat a bug sitting in a cactus and came out with a mouthful of needles. We got them all out but he was sore for the rest of the day.

Mt. Pennell

Barton Peak Road

Barton Peak

Mt. Hillers

View from Copper Ridge Point

View back at the mountain from Copper Ridge Point

We drove out along Crescent Creek and stopped at the two cabins along the road. Then it was out to Hanksville for an ice cold soda for the ride home.

I was glad the weather held out and only rained enough to keep the dust down. I hope to get back and do some more exploring around Mt. Pennell.

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Posted by on July 29, 2014 in 4X4, Camping, Hiking, Mountains, Outdoors



Thousand Lake Mountain (Solomon Basin)

This year I drew a deer tag for the Thousand Lake Mountain unit. So I went out over the weekend to some fishing and scout out some of the trails. I had planned on camping on the North side and then ride around and make my way South. The weather didn’t cooperate like it should have. So I just spent all my time on the North side of the Mountain.

After setting up camp next to Morrell Pond, I headed to some lakes I hadn’t been to. First was Farrell Pond. I fished for a little while but I couldn’t see any fish swimming or jumping so it was on to the next lake.

It was a short hike into Floating Island Lake. The fish were jumping like crazy here. All that was biting were small Cutthroat trout. I did manage to catch one Tiger trout. I stayed here until the rain ran me off.

After it stopped raining, I fished Morrell Pond and caught a few decent Rainbow trout. It was fun catching these fish, they would fight hard. But soon it started raining again and didn’t let up until dark.

Well morning came and I was ready to do some riding but after a little fishing. I managed to pull in one Splake before heading off. I rode down to Baker Ranch but on the gate it said Johnson Ranch. Either way it was a neat spot for a ranch. There was even an old cemetery on the property. There were no names or dates on the headstones.

I headed back up the mountain exploring a lot of the side trails. My favorite trail was up on Windy Ridge. It followed the ridge giving great views into Cathedral Valley and out on the Swell. This trail lead to Round Lake which I tried fishing but didn’t catch anything.

After leaving Round Lake, I drove the rode down to Cathedral Valley. After reaching the entrance I turned around and headed back. I drove back to camp had some lunch and then went over and fished Meeks Lake. I was able to catch two Rainbows before it started to rain hard.

Back at camp, I decided to cut my trip short and head home. I am looking forward to my deer hunt coming up at the end August. I didn’t see a lot of deer this trip but it will be fun to explore the rest of the trails and fish some of the other lakes on the South side.

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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in ATV, Camping, Fishing, Mountains, Outdoors


Tag Soup

This year the Fish and Game decided to change the deer hunting units. Before there were 5 large units and now there are 28 smaller units, which I think is a good idea. Anyway I applied my home unit as my first choice and 4 others. I didn’t draw my first choice but I did draw my fourth choise, which was the Nebo unit. After my first scouting trip, I knew it was going to be tough hunting. The first week, I saw several does and one spike buck. I let him walk figuring I wanted to shot a fork horn or better. After checking out Mt. Nebo, I decided to head South to the San Pitch Mountains. Awesome country, looked great for deer. Spotted 1 two point but he bolted into the thick brush and I couldn’t get anywhere close to him. Saw very few deer over here and talked with some locals that said the same. It was cool exploring the new area, had lots of fun. Camped 11 nights and while on the San Pitch Mountains there were coyotes howling all around camp every night. Drove the four wheeler on a lot of the roads, hiked several canyons but no luck shooting a deer. There is still a chance for me to take a deer on the extended units in December. Check out my photos on Picasa.


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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Archery, ATV, Camping, Hiking, Hunting, Mountains, Outdoors


Thousand Lake Mountain

After loading up, we were off to Thousand Lake Mountain for an overnight trip.

The first stop was Round Lake to do some fishing. We didn’t catch anything out of there. I tried everything; worms, powerbait, lures, and flies.

We left without catching anything and stopped to find a geocache. We started looking for a camp spot, the Elkhorn campground had a bunch of people already there so we kept on looking. Finally found a spot hidden in the trees and set up camp. After camp was set we headed to Deep Creek Lake. Along the way, we spotted a rainbow and I tried to take a picture of it.

We pulled up to the trailhead and headed out on what we thought was the trail but ended up being a bushwack to the lake. The fishing was slow at the start but finally heated up. We caught several brook trout but the weather was starting to rain so we high tailed it back to the truck on the trail.

It rained the rest of the night and there were some good lightning strikes in the sky. In the morning, I hiked over to a nearby hill and took a few pictures of valley below before the sun went behind the clouds.

After some eggs and bacon it was off to hike to the highest peak, Flat Top. There are two trailheads, we chose to hike up from Snow Lake. The trail climbs up the mountain side at a rather steep incline. If that wasn’t hard enough the ground was still wet and slippery. We finally made it to where the trail levels off and had a nice view into Cathedral Valley.

The rest of the hike was easy with a gradual incline. The peak is just a rock outcropping with a mailbox on top in a large meadow.

This isn’t the highest peak in the county, it falls short by 11 feet. On the hike out, we ran into a strange deer skull. It had two points on one side and a short antler that curled down on the other.

Soon we was back at the trail heading down the mountain. It was still just as steep and slippery.

Luckily we got down unscathed. It was a relatively short hike, about 3 miles with 800 feet gained in the first mile. After the hike we drove down the road a little further to an overlook and had some lunch.

With lunch gone, we headed off the mountain and took the Gooseberry road home and followed the old highway along I-70 all the way to the Emery turnoff. This is cool road, it is mostly gravel with a few old pavement spots and two tunnels to drive through.