OK - first hike of our 12 day odyssey of Utah and Arizona. This trip has been a lil over 18 months in the planning phase. Flew into Phoenix late on the 16th - drove to the intersection of NO WHERE and NO WHERE in the town of NO WHERE in the district of NO WHERE also known as Kanab. On the way we stopped in Flagstaff to get supplies and the we stopped again at Lake Powell - got some good pixs there.
We took the traditional route to the Hoodoos by way of Big Water - sure wish I would have seen Rick's images and trip logs BEFORE we did our hike - a long slog in up the wash complete with many many cow pies and in our case some very unstable wet ground. It was cloudy out and threatening rain so we had that working against us. We stopped and chatted up the Rangers at the Paria Contact Station right across the road from where the road to the trailhead is. You need to drive in about a mile or so past the fish hatchery to the trailhead. We stopped right where the cattle pen was as the ground was very sandy and the threat of rain had us a lil worried about getting the rental Jetta out of there.....memo to self - rent a 4x4 next time!
We hiked across the wash to the actual trail head and then up the wash to the hoodoos. Not until I searched this hike did I know about the shorter but better payoff hike. Anyways - I digress. The hike was kinda boring but the payoff was worth it. We actually blew past where the white - did I mention white? hoodoos were. We were seeing some hoodoos but NOTHING like what we saw hiding behind the tree grove that was kinda protecting the hoodoos.
Like Rick says - it is AMAZING! As anyone who has read any of my previous trip logs knows I personally hike with Ansel Adams - well not THE Ansel - but his protege. A simple three hour hike can morph into 4, 5 or 6 hours depending on the scenery. Thankfully really not too much to be seen - there were some cooooool holes in the canyon walls created by the wash when the water was high - would have been cool to actually see it running. So other than some pretty cool holes in the walls and of course the obligatory awesome 24x7 scenery that is Utah it was sorta a bit of a slog to the hoodoos. Of course we didn't do ourselves any favors by blowing right by the Hoodoos and then taking the "oh I blew past the Hoodoos trail" back to the Hoodoos. Very cool they were!
As soon as Ansel sends me his images I will post the better pixs - until then we have to suffer with my images
- trust me they do NOT do it justice like Rick's images do. All in all tho - as we recounted our trip at the end of our journey - we rated this as a nice payoff but a slog to get there. Next time we take the shorter route thru Cottonwood Canyon.