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Horsecollar Ruin Overlook - 4 members in 8 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 15 2019
Stoic
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 Routes 268
 Photos 5,787
 Triplogs 484

44 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Horsecollar Ruin OverlookSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2019
Stoic
Hiking0.95 Miles 125 AEG
Hiking0.95 Miles      29 Mns   1.97 mph
125 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Short little hike with some great vies.
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Oct 05 2017
AZWanderingBear
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 Guides 27
 Routes 61
 Photos 2,620
 Triplogs 700

64 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Natural Bridges NM, UT 
Natural Bridges NM, UT
 
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2017
AZWanderingBear
Hiking10.54 Miles 1,157 AEG
Hiking10.54 Miles
1,157 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Day 2 of my 14-day found me in Natural Bridges NM. I set up camp, spent some time talking to the helpful rangers and then drove the loop hitting all the overlooks. The ruins were interesting looking from the rim, but there wasn't a way to get closer that I could sleuth out.Camp was a quiet night grilling a burger and turning in early. I don't sleep well in campgrounds -too many people and noises.

Headed out to do the Sipapu-Owachomo Loop following the ranger's good advice and leaving my vehicle at Owachomo and hiking counter clockwise starting across the mesa near sunrise. I thought the mesa portion of the hike would be boring, but it was great. There were huge areas of cryptobiotic soil, the cedar pinion forest, animal sounds, slick rock areas. Nice way to start.

The drop into Sipapu requires ladders, got to love a hike that requires ladders. I'd read a lot about this bridge in particular and enjoyed knowing the story as I descended. It is truly impressive to be under this formation.

The hike along the bottom of the drainage was nice. The trail isn't maintained and can be difficult to follow sometimes as it crosses and recrosses the stream bed, but you can't really get lost. Its pretty lush with cottonwoods, willows, tamarisk and two very out of place spruce trees. Some potholes of water were easily easily worked around and surrounded by deer, coyote and bobcat tracks. The ranger had warned me of extensive muddy areas, but those had largely dried and the little remaining was easily avoided. The quietness was a physical thing. I stepped on a dried cottonwood stick and the resulting loud snap seemed a violation of local protocol.

Passed one hiker going the other way before arriving at Kachina Bridge. The abutments of Kachina are just simply massive. A couple had dropped down from the overlook above. We exchanged pleasantries as I took my lunch in the shade of the bridge.

I was mindful of the ranger's admonition to NOT follow the White Canyon Creek drainage NW. "The next stop is Lake Powell in 50 miles. You won't make it," he said. But the trail took me upslope and I worried I was headed for the overlook and almost dropped back into the drainage below, only to realize going up was required to avoid the 80' pour off between Kachina and Owachomo. The remaining hike to Owachomo was through a narrowing canyon with the sun in my face. The trail became fainter, harder to follow until finally I saw the bridge and knew the truck was close by.

Stopped back at the visitor center to refill my water bottles and debrief the ranger on the trail. We swapped stories for a bit and then I headed back to camp for a nap in my tent cot and one more evening before pressing on the next morning.
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Dec 25 2011
desertgirl
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 Guides 20
 Routes 5
 Photos 3,098
 Triplogs 440

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 Joined Mar 31 2002
 Chandler, AZ
Horsecollar Ruin OverlookSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2011
desertgirl
Hiking0.50 Miles 20 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles      20 Mns   1.50 mph
20 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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May 17 2011
Kel1969
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 Routes 5
 Photos 2,001
 Triplogs 50

51 male
 Joined Oct 11 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Sipapu BridgeSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 17 2011
Kel1969
Hiking1.20 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles      40 Mns   1.80 mph
500 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Partners none no partners
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Apr 01 2011
GrottoGirl
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 Guides 3
 Routes 311
 Photos 11,581
 Triplogs 1,356

45 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Sipapu-Owachomo Loop TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2011
GrottoGirl
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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We planned to go to Cedar Mesa for a backpack that we organized for the Tucson Backpacking meetup. Four of us decided to head down a bit early and check out Natural Bridges. We did a loop hike that included Sipapu and Kachina Bridge as well as the Horsecollar Ruins and the petroglyphs and pictographs near Kachina Bridge.

As we headed down the trail to Sipapu Bridge we were looking in White Canyon. The canyon was spectacular and would have been a great hike even without the bridges and ruins. Sipapu took my breath away. We managed to get down to the overlook and below the bridge at a great time for photos. We then continued down canyon to Kachina Bridge. It would be easy to miss the Horsecollar ruins if you didn't know to expect them. We didn't go over and check them out since we were planning on spending the next three days immersed in ruins. We did, however, check out the petroglyphs and pictographs at Kachina Bridge. After Kachina bridge we climbed out of the canyon and then over the mesa back to our car.

This was the perfect afternoon hike after our drive from Arizona. We had a good time camping overnight in the Natural Bridges campground.
Geology
Geology
Natural Bridge
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Apr 01 2011
RedwallNHops
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 Guides 1
 Routes 10
 Photos 464
 Triplogs 1,174

45 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Sipapu-Owachomo Loop TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2011
RedwallNHops
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners partners
GrottoGirl
Great way to get the blood flowing after the drive to bridges NM.
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May 19 2009
hippiepunkpirate
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 Guides 25
 Routes 36
 Photos 2,877
 Triplogs 657

34 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Horsecollar Ruin OverlookSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar May 19 2009
hippiepunkpirate
Hiking0.70 Miles 40 AEG
Hiking0.70 Miles
40 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Mileage/elevation combined with Sipapu Bridge Viewpoint.
Flora
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Woolly Paintbrush
Geology
Geology
Cedar Mesa Sandstone
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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May 25 1992
mazatzal
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 Routes 33
 Photos 2,277
 Triplogs 1,131

63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Day 3: S Utah, UT 
Day 3: S Utah, UT
 
Hiking avatar May 25 1992
mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Day 3 of our trip:
Blanding :next: Natural Bridges :next: Little Egypt :next: Capital Reef :next: Escalante/Kodachrome
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average hiking speed 1.76 mph

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