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2017-05-27  
Klondike Bluffs Trails, UT
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Klondike Bluffs Trails, UT 
Klondike Bluffs Trails, UT
 
Hiking avatar May 27 2017
writelots
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.60 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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Driving north from my exploration of Canyon de Chelly, I had been thinking I would stop by Arches National Park. I've not been to Arches yet, and it sounded fun. I failed to anticipate that it was a holiday weekend - Memorial Day to be precise, and the busiest weekend of the year in Arches. There was a hour-long line just to get into the park. Not much chance I'm gonna want to do that.

So I took my lunch (that I'd procured in Moab) and kept driving north until I found a road heading off into some hills that looked like an interesting place to eat a burrito. Dino tracks, the sign said, 2 miles. Sounds good, I think to myself.

Herein my friends is the plus side of traveling alone. You think "that sounds fun but could be lame" and no one says "that sounds lame even though it could be fun" and so you go anyway. It ended up a great spot. The dino tracks were, admittedly, a bit of a let down. Don't get me wrong - I love dino tracks, but these weren't the best I've seen. However - turns out that there were some trails in the area. They were designed for mountain bikes, that was obvious, but even though Moab was a zoo and Arches was chaos, there weren't many folks out in Klondike Bluffs. So I explored some fun hills and ate my burrito with some pretty amazing views.

I started my hike by heading cross-country from the dino tracks. I was just following easy rock lines, trying to get to a high spot with a high view. When I came upon the brand-new looking survey marker, I figured that I wasn't being as adventurous as I thought. I joined the trail just below it and followed it to the crest of the ridge.

To my surprise, the view from the crest stretched all the way into Arches! I may not have been up close and personal, but I had the feeling of being all alone in a wild place - even better. There were cool features all along the way, including some amazing slick-rock patios and knife-edge ridges. I headed back along a different part of the loop (I figured they'd make a loop). When I got back to the bottom of the hill I discovered a sign with a trail map that illustrated that I had barely scratched the surface of this trail system. Clearly heaven for bike riders!

The whole time I was up there, I saw people three times. Not bad for a busy holiday weekend within 2 hours of Moab.

Not saying I'll go back right away, but definitely a fun detour and break from driving!
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