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2016-09-27  
Sewing Machine - Glen Canyon NRA, UT
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Sewing Machine - Glen Canyon NRA, UT 
Sewing Machine - Glen Canyon NRA, UT
 
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2016
CannondaleKid
Hiking10.90 Miles 1,768 AEG
Hiking10.90 Miles   5 Hrs   59 Mns   1.90 mph
1,768 ft AEG      15 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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This was to be our last hike before pulling up stakes and heading to the Cathedral Valley area of Capitol Reef National Park. Leaving paradise for what?? (Stay tuned...)

We began at our campsite and headed up the main canyon to a split in the 'road' where we turned left, climbed to the mesa and hooked back in the direction of our camp, only staying up on the mesa.

We followed the road south and west arcing around Sewing Machine until it ended. From there we followed the wash to a pour-off of 100+ feet above the head of a canyon into which we will hike four days from now.
(Whoops! Spoiler alert, I'm getting a bit ahead of myself)

From the pour-off we scanned for the most interesting route for our return trip. We chose to ascend to a ridge and follow it as far as we could before crossing over to complete a figure-eight loop.

While on the ridge Tracey spotted a tall rock marker of some kind well above the old road but at first glance, the slope didn't present a reasonable ascent route so we put that on the back burner for the moment and concentrated on the awesome views.

As we rounded the end of the ridge southeast of Sewing Machine, I kept scanning the slope with hopes of finding a nice ascent route. Nothing looked real good, but with our luck lately I figured if we just took a shot at it and just kept climbing, we just might end up at the top.

Once it appeared both of us were thinking of trying it, yet neither wanted to to say it out loud, I said I'd give it a shot and Tracey was on board with an attempt. As it turned out, we reached the ridge within 20 feet of where I thought would be the best spot.

Up top we headed directly for the tall rock cairn/marker/whatever. Up close we could see it was built well but found nothing to indicate what is was and why it was there. It provided good shade for a lunch break so we took advantage of it.

The return trip was just a cross-country stroll turning this way and that whenever something shiny or unusual caught our eye. We would encounter literally thousands of pieces of petrified rock, with dozens being quite large.

As we passed a wash that I expected would end at the pour-off above our camp we figured it was worth taking a side-trip. It was impossible to see anything at the actual pour-off so we climbed to the side of it and sure enough, there was our camp.

Although barely a few hundred yards away, it would take another 2 miles of hiking to reach our camp and settle down for our last night in paradise... what will we encounter over the next few days? Only time (and a few more triplogs) will tell.

WAY too many photos so hopefully I can to whittle it down to the most appealing/interesting ones.
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Geology
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Cairn Old Rusty Stuff
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