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Jun 19 2011
ToadOfTheRocks
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 Triplogs 5

44 male
 Joined Dec 02 2006
 Page, AZ
Long Canyon - West Clark BenchSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2011
ToadOfTheRocks
Hiking1.50 Miles 94 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles   1 Hour      1.50 mph
94 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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PageRob and I first explored this conyon back in April. We went about 1/2 mile and returned, suggesting we came back to see the rest. I returned with fam, friends and dogs and found out that the canyon only went 1/4 mile more. Still, this is a pretty canyon, especially if you like strange rock formations. Should be hiked with other trails in area to make a good adventure.
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May 12 2011
ToadOfTheRocks
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 Guides 2
 Routes 1
 Photos 56
 Triplogs 5

44 male
 Joined Dec 02 2006
 Page, AZ
Cat Stair Canyon - Car WashSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Canyoneering avatar May 12 2011
ToadOfTheRocks
Canyoneering0.50 Miles 63 AEG
Canyoneering0.50 Miles
63 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Took this route again, this time with GPS. Very cool site with the cars, some are very old.I saw a 60's Impala in there. I found out that this canyon is also called Catstair Canyon. Good hike w/kids and dogs
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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Apr 02 2011
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 Guides 2
 Routes 1
 Photos 56
 Triplogs 5

44 male
 Joined Dec 02 2006
 Page, AZ
Rainbow Bridge via South TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2011
ToadOfTheRocks
Hiking13.18 Miles 2,794 AEG
Hiking13.18 Miles
2,794 ft AEG
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1st trip
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HAZ - Event
PaleoRob
Randal_Schulhauser
squatpuke
Rainbow Bridge Spectacular:
First day--started out good, but a little late. We climbed the first three canyons with no real difficulty (up and down and up and down). We got to Yabut pass and peered down a 2000 ft drop that would be done in two miles. WOW! The origin of the name Yabut Pass eludes me but I think that the first expedition found the way better than the impassable canyon, but still thought it would kick ya but. The decent was steep and difficult, especially with 50lb+ packs, bad terrain and a poorly maintained trail. At the bottom, some of our team members expressed a reluctance (downright no way) to return this way as planned. This changed our plans to hike in 8 miles, base camp at first water, then day hike to the bridge and back. We camped at first water, a lovely spring and creek with pure clean water. Well, we thought it was clean until we saw dozens of mating canyon tree frogs in the course (time to get out the filter). The randy frogs regaled us with beautiful song all night, only to be drowned out by 30 mph winds.
The next day, after Johnny C. (friend from Page) had spent hours texting from a high rock, with a view of Navajo Mountain (only guarantee of signal in these here parts) we secured passage by tour boat for the reluctant round trippers. Before we left, we made a unanimous decision to break camp entirely and rush down to the Bridge to get on the boat. We couldn't break up the party because if anything went wrong we needed everything. We sped through to the Bridge, with one minor loss of direction, ( I blame the pace, not my extraordinary navigational skills ) then up and down Redbud Pass out the canyons to catch the shuttle. The shuttle was to leave at 11: 2Oish, we got there at around 11:30 missing it. We had arranged to get a pick up the next day if we missed, so we were fine with it. I was secretly happy to spend another day with the Bridge, but I knew that retrieving our vehicle, now a nearly 100 mile trek by car from the marina, was priority. We set up camp in the historic Echo Camp. This camp was used for sleeping quarters for tourists in the early days, before the lake encroached. These tourists included such folks as: Teddy Roosevelt, Barry Goldwater, Zane Grey and many others. This camp was a massive alcove big enough to hold 10-20 campers comfortably. The original steel spring beds were still there and usable, a wonderful respite for us from the ground and threatening rain. After a pleasant nights, sleep we set out early to hang out with the Bridge for a few hours, before our water coach arrived. This time was spent yoga like stretching, playing in the creek and using up our camera memory cards, and the rest of our food. Food and water could be consumed freely now knowing that the presence of another group (with horses and Navajo guides to ease their travel) was a true sign that our boat, and apparently their boat, was coming. Soon the boat, and simple, lazy tourists, piled out to see the Bridge, while we piled in to drink the rest of the free ($60 boat fee) lemonade. Our grand plans were dashed by circumstance, but we still got to see one of the most beautiful hikes in the entire country. Plus,the unexpected night a Echo Camp,which was a wonderful expiriance, would have never happened. I can't wait to go back and do it again, this time with more time. Anyone that wants to go maybe in October, preferably next April to get full flower potential, let me know. Thanks alot to PageRob for planning, permits and transport. Very much appreciated.

Hey Mr. Music
Ya sure sound good to me
I can't refuse it
What got to be, got to be
Feel like dancing
Dance cause we are free
I got my home
In the promise land
But I feel at home
Can you understand
Said the road is rocky
sure feels good to me
and if you're lucky
together we'd always be
Are you really riding?
the sun is a risin' the sign is a risin'
Moon is rising
Are you really riding? Are you really riding?

Rainbow country Rainbow country
Bob Marley
Flora
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Oct 01 2007
ToadOfTheRocks
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 Guides 2
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 Photos 56
 Triplogs 5

44 male
 Joined Dec 02 2006
 Page, AZ
Wiregrass CanyonSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2007
ToadOfTheRocks
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Beautiful canyon, unfortunatly with kids we weren't able to enter narrows which start about 3/4 of a mile down beginning with a 20 foot or so pouroff followed by a 30 foot or so pouroff. Cairns mark a way around, but the descent back into the narrows seemed too dangerous for the kids and our scared hound due to loose rock and steep slope. Lots of strange rock formations and honeycomb weathering in the rocks. Saw a foot long Desert Collared Lizard on the way around the pouroffs, he even stopped for a pose.
!!!Beware!!!! The warnings about driving in this area are real. If it has rained or will rain, DO NOT drive down Smoky Hollow Road. It is comprised of bentonite clay and becomes Impossibly Impassible no matter what kind of vehicle or tires you have. When you become stuck (if it is wet you will) it could be days before it is dry enough to be safe to drive!
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Dec 03 2006
ToadOfTheRocks
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 Guides 2
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 Triplogs 5

44 male
 Joined Dec 02 2006
 Page, AZ
Hackberry Spring LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2006
ToadOfTheRocks
Hiking5.00 Miles 462 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
462 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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average hiking speed 1.5 mph

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