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Confluence Overlook TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2016
trekkin_gecko
Hiking10.59 Miles 1,651 AEG
Hiking10.59 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.55 mph
1,651 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break
 
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spent friday in the needles district
had several recommendations for this hike, and it turned out to be my favorite of the trip
a more remote feel to this part of canyonlands, and fewer people
the longer drive in might have something to do with that
from the trailhead, an immediate drop into a canyon, then a corresponding climb back out
through a passageway and up one ladder to ascend a pour off, and that's the hardest part of the hike in the first 2/3 mile - nothing else is as steep or sustained
lots of ups, downs, ins and outs following the best route down a drainage or over a rock formation
very fun hiking, interspersed with flatter stretches on firm sand
the last mile is along a jeep road, with a final ascent to the overlook
good scenery throughout, with changing geology
distant views of the needles to the south
saw maybe a dozen others on the trail, shared the overlook with four
cool to see the green and colorado rivers merge, with a definite difference in color
more like light brown into brown today, but still distinct
quite a drop-off, at 1000 feet below
spent some time at the overlook, then retraced our steps
breezy with occasional high clouds, low 80s by the end
a very nice hike :)
had some lunch, then drove around a bit
much more to explore in this section, especially from elephant hill or squaw flat trailheads
lots of backpacking opportunities
a return trip might be in order ;)
made a stop at newspaper rock on the drive out
took a scenic route back to monticello
drove back to phoenix on saturday, through very high winds
felt fortunate to have good weather all week, as a cold front came in on saturday
great trip!
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