|Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - May/June 2014, UT|| |
Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - May/June 2014, UT
|Backpack||33.01 Miles||4 Days |
|1,820 ft AEG|
|Utah/Arizona Strip Trek – May/June 2014
Bryce Canyon NP (BRCA) & Zion (ZION) NP
Kodachrome Basin SP & Coral Pink Sands SP
Pipe Springs (PISP) NM & North Rim Grand Canyon (GRCA) NP
Utah/Arizona Strip Trek - Three National Parks, Two State Parks, One National Monument, Four Days, Three Nights, almost 1000 images, and 24 HAZ trails...
Prelude: Believe it or not but I’ve never been to Bryce Canyon or Zion. With 2 strikes already against me having previously attempted a trip in April (snowed out) and October (snowed out again), Lynn, the dogs and I made a late May attempt battling off strike three!
DAY 1 - Saturday May 31st
7.44 miles hiking and 390 AEG (39 floors) on FitBit
442 miles on F-150
With business visitors Friday evening, we couldn’t hit the road until early Saturday morning. Made good time and stopped for lunch at the Page AZ Burger King before crossing the Glen Canyon Dam into Utah http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2047 . Once in Utah, we passed some familiar sights in the Paria River Valley. Sad to hear the movie set from Clint Eastwood’s “The Outlaw - Josie Wales” was vandalized and burned to the ground http://www.amwest-travel.com/awt_oldparia.html . Don’t know if I was one of the last to capture images before the set was burned to the ground http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647
Eventually drove past Moqui Cave just north of Kanab UT http://utahcaves.blogspot.com/2008/06/moqui-caves.html . I’ve always wondered if this was a structure incorporating original Anasazi ruins. A little online research says definitely not…
We turned off SR89 and onto Utah Scenic Highway 12 http://www.scenicbyway12.com/ . This was a treat for the first time (finally). Red Canyon gave us a hint of the “eye-candy” yet to come. Stopped at one of the pull-outs along SR12 and hiked the Red Canyon Loop http://hikearizona.com/photoset=21926 and a section of Golden Wall Trail http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19023 plus some connector trails (Red Canyon Tunnel Trail and Photographers Trail) http://www.utah-trails.com/Tunnel-Trail and http://www.utah-trails.com/Golden-Wall- ... orn-Trails
We eventually wandered into our “pet friendly” basecamp at the Best Western Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon City located just north of the park entrance http://www.rubysinn.com/ and http://www.rubysinn.com/bryce-canyon-hi ... hotos.html . This certainly was an international gathering of German, French, and Japanese tourist! After fixing a quick dinner at our basecamp hotel room, needed to stretch those legs around the Lake Loop http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19366 .
Sunday June 1st
10.71 miles and 780 AEG (78 floors) on FitBit
84 miles on F-150
Bryce Canyon NP http://www.nps.gov/brca/parknews/upload ... 14-web.pdf
Pets in Bryce Canyon NP http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/pets.htm
"Pets are only permitted in campgrounds, parking lots, paved roads, paved viewpoint areas, and on the paved trail between Sunrise Point and Sunset Point"
We knew the limited hiking with dog options within the national parks before we left for Bryce and Zion. Undeterred, the Bryce “eye-candy” made up for any missed opportunities http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11935 . The Sunrise Point to Sunset Point Rim Trail http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19367 offered our first glimpse of the Amphitheater Region. Lynn and I then took turns minding the dogs up on top of the rim to give us each a chance to hike the Navajo and/or Queen’s Garden Loops. See http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2000 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1998 .
Bryce Amphitheater Region map http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/u ... er-web.pdf
Sunrise to Sunset Point paved connector trail is dog friendly Sunset Point Inspiration Point Bryce Point
Bryce Southern Scenic Drive viewpoint map Swamp Canyon, Whiteman Bench, Natural Bridge, Agua Canyon, Ponderosa Canyon, Black Birch Canyon, Rainbow Point & Yovimpa Points
I had scouted up the Bristlecone Loop http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11918 that connects Rainbow Point and Yovimpa Points as a “photo op”. Unfortunately the trail was closed…
On the drive back from the southern reaches of Bryce Canyon, we stopped at Fairyland Point. Lynn and the dogs stayed at the rim top while I ventured down the Fairyland Loop Trail http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12546
With the hour approaching 6pm and knowing we still had a couple of hours daylight left, we agreed to head the F-150 over to Kodachrome Basin SP http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/kodachr ... state-park located 7 miles off Highway 12 near Cannonville on Cottonwood Canyon Road http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... erview.png . I had previously viewed Kodachrome Basin from the south on an approach heading north up Cottonwood Canyon Road. On that occasion we had to abort our trip due to slick mud. This time I had an opportunity to view Kodachrome Basin from within the basin – nice! Pre-trip suggestions indicated Angels Palace or Shakespeare's Arch as highly recommended destinations http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... ochure.pdf and http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Kodachro ... le-UT-5584 . Hiked Angel’s Palace Trail http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1999 followed by an aborted attempt of Shakespeare’s Arch http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1394 prior to a sundown picnic dinner at TH parking lot. Arrived back at Ruby's Inn basecamp to catch Hawks-Kings game and Game of Thrones...
Monday June 2nd
6.61 miles and 150 AEG (15 floors) on FitBit
245 miles on F-150
Zion NP http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm
1hr 44min drive per Google Maps from Ruby's Inn to Zion Lodge
Zion 2014 park map and guide http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/u ... MG2014.pdf
Once again we knew the limited hiking with dog options within the national parks before we left for Bryce and Zion. Dogs are allowed on Pa'rus Trail http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2106
Trail connects Canyon Junction and Zion Visitor Center. Prior to entering the 1.1 mile long Zion – Mt Carmel tunnel on SR9, it was recommended to us to make a stop at the Canyon Overlook Trail http://www.zionnational-park.com/zion-c ... -trail.htm and http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/zion/ ... erlook.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19368 Once near the Zion Visitor Center, I managed to grab the last available parking spot and we headed out along the Pa’rus trail as mid-morning temperatures hit the mid-80’s. With the scene reminding us too much of Sedona (the bad, not the good), we agreed to head up into the mountains and cooler climate along a back road I had scouted up as “Plan B”. Kolob Terrace Road was identified as an alternative since Zion Canyon can only be accessed by shuttle vehicles (no dogs allowed) http://www.takemytrip.com/07zion/07_08a.htm .
We had a pleasant lunch up at Lava Point http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/l ... ground.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19369 before checking out the West Rim TH http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/w ... -trail.htm and Kolob Reservoir http://wildlife.utah.gov/hotspots/detai ... 1154730183 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19370 .
Tuesday June 3rd
8.25 miles and 500 AEG (50 floors) on FitBit
572 miles on F-150
“Getaway Home Day” via a natural curiosity, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/coral-p ... state-park and http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... alpink.jpg and http://www.zionnational-park.com/sdhike.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12221 . We discovered colonies of rare Tiger Beetles (only 600-3000 total population of beetles) while hiking the dunes http://stateparks.utah.gov/sites/statep ... ochure.pdf and were also treated to a fascinating display of late spring flowers while hiking the Nature Trail http://www.duneguide.com/sand_dune_guide_coral_pink.htm . South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs - Located 4 miles northeast of the dunes in the Mosquith Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA) http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13601 . From Hancock Road – Yellow Jacket Road intersection, drive 3.5 miles passing the Ponderosa Campground until you reach the intersection of Hancock Road and the 4WD Sand Spring Road on the right. A 4WD vehicle allows travel within .5 mile of the pictographs. If your vehicle will not make it on the soft sandy roads, walk from the "T" in Hancock Road and Sand Dune Spring Road. It is 4 miles, one way, to the pictographs. Take Sand Springs Route to first intersection. Then a little less than 2 miles the trail ends and hiking trail to pictographs and petroglyphs begins. From the parking area, walk northeast to locate a path of use through the sand. Continue the gradual descent down the obvious trail. The trail soon becomes obvious as it continues east and then switches direction after a small drop down through the rocks. Continue descending and then traversing the hillside beneath the cliff band on hikers left. Shortly you will arrive at the (chain-link fence protected) South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs. The distance from the parking lot to the pictographs is about .5 mile and the descent is about 150'. The pictographs sit at the back of a large alcove and pictures must be taken from behind the fence 30' away http://www.zionnational-park.com/moquith-mountain.htm and http://www.zionnational-park.com/images ... ndex32.htm . This area is a unique hidden gem – highly recommended (and no HAZer has visited this place before?)!
Pipe Springs National Monument http://www.nps.gov/pisp/index.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1229 .
North Rim of Grand Canyon http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/cg-nr.htm and http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/u ... im-Map.pdf
Prior to our visit we knew about limited options hiking with dogs at the Grand Canyon North Rim; “Dogs on the North Rim; are not allowed other than the Bridle Trail (Greenway) that connects the lodge with the North Kaibab Trail and the portion of the Arizona Trail that continues north from there to the park entrance.”
Bridle Trail on HAZ http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1654
Bright Angel Point Trail on HAZ http://hikearizona.com/decoder=418
Transept Trail on HAZ http://hikearizona.com/decoder=810
Made a stop at the Marble Canyon Navajo Bridge and found “condor city” http://hikearizona.com/decoder=778 before stopping in Flagstaff for a late dinner. Arrived back home just before midnight…
7.44 miles, 390 AEG Saturday
10.71 miles, 780 AEG Sunday
6.61 miles, 150 AEG Monday
8.25 miles, 500 AEG Tuesday
TOTAL = 33.01 miles, 1820 AEG, 24 HAZ trails
141 images on iPhone
310 images on Canon Rebel XT
438 images on Canon 6D
61 images on Canon 7D
TOTAL = 950 images on 4 cameras...
442 miles driving Saturday
84 miles driving Sunday
245 miles driving Monday
572 miles driving Tuesday
TOTAL = 1343 miles on F-150 (20.8 mpg). Assuming $3.80 per gallon average, that’s 64.5 gallons consumed for a trip cost of $245.35…
EDITORIAL COMMENT; Coffee in Utah sucks. Maybe that’s too rash since I didn't stop and try the Cafe Adobe/Expresso Rock Shop in Hatch UT... Took a Starbucks “fix” in Flagstaff to return me to equilibrium!
That NPS annual pass comes thru again for $25 entry into Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, plus $8 for Pipe Spring...
Aiming for Fall colour redux at Bryce Canyon Lodge the 1st week of October (looks like only Oct 4-6 or Oct 18-21 availability)? Cabin rentals are $212 per night plus multiple convenience fees and surcharges. Want to get some sunrise/sunset "golden hour" images...
PS - I see this trip tripped me over the 3K distance line for miles logged on HAZ
Glen Canyon Dam http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2047
Paria Movie Set http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17647
Red Canyon Loop http://hikearizona.com/photoset=21926
Golden Wall http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19023
Ruby’s Inn Lake Loop http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19366
Bryce Canyon NP Trails http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11935
Sunrise Point to Sunset Point Rim Trail http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19367
Navajo Loop http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2000
Queen’s Garden Loop http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1998
Bristlecone Loop http://hikearizona.com/decoder=11918
Fairyland Loop Trail http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12546
Angel’s Palace Trail http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1999
Shakespeare Arch Trail http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1394
Canyon Overlook Trail, Zion NP http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19368
Pa’rus Trail http://hikearizona.com/decoder=2106
Lava Point Overlook, Zion NP http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19369
Kolob Reservoir Loop http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19370
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12221
South Fork Indian Canyon Pictographs http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13601
Pipe Springs NP Trails http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1229
Bridle Trail, Grand Canyon North Rim http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1654
Bright Angel Point Trail http://hikearizona.com/decoder=418
Transept Trail, Grand Canyon North Rim http://hikearizona.com/decoder=810
Navajo Bridge, Marble Canyon http://hikearizona.com/decoder=778
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||Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Concentrated around Bryce Canyon NP and Coral Pink Sand Dunes SP