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Apr 02 2021
jillyonanadventure
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 Routes 9
 Photos 1,714
 Triplogs 147

40 female
 Joined Jan 21 2019
 Scottsdale
White PocketNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking1.15 Miles 139 AEG
Hiking1.15 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.35 mph
139 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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White Pocket had been on my list for a while and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to test out Tessa in the sand! James said the road appeared to be in better condition than he’d seen it previously, but it was definitely still a tricky drive. The sand is quite slippery and it’s fine as long as you can keep moving. We would stop and wait when we got too close to other vehicles to avoid getting stuck. There was a vehicle in front of us (Large SUV) and it was sliding everywhere having a hard time getting any traction. 4 wheel drive and the sand/mud button on the 4Runner helped a lot. James handled this road like a pro as it was a bit too intimidating for me.

Anyway, the hike is more like a walk wherever you want to go. White Pocket is big, but it was somewhat smaller than I expected with the prettiest rocks/striations concentrated in a few areas. There were a good amount of people there, but you could still get a bit of privacy here and there. It was very hot there on a day without many clouds! Definitely glad I saw it, but wasn’t blown away 🤷‍♀️
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Mar 27 2021
emilystardust
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 Routes 2
 Triplogs 403

39 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
White PocketNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2021
emilystardust
Hiking1.70 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles
200 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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Nov 28 2020
WaitingForRain
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 Photos 5
 Triplogs 545

32 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
White PocketNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2020
WaitingForRain
Hiking1.70 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles
200 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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Sep 15 2018
peculiargalexy
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 Photos 104
 Triplogs 47

28 female
 Joined Oct 17 2016
 Phoenix
White PocketNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2018
peculiargalexy
Hiking1.70 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles
200 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Feeling ambitious over a holiday weekend I headed to northern Arizona with the pups. Wanted to let them play in the river so we headed to Lees Ferry first- my absolute favorite place on this planet. Then feeling a bit intimidated by the reports of sandy roads, I headed to White Pocket. As I was driving between the Kaibab plateau and the Vermillion Cliffs, a storm was bearing down on me. One half was sunny, the other rumbled ominously with thunder. And I was following google maps. Bad idea.

The turn off had be go halfway up the plateau and immediately enter some sketch territory. Almost lost my GPS after I got off track but managed to find it and make my way back to the correct road. As I was pulling out some dude in a pickup comes bumbling up this beautifully smooth dirt road and it made me angry. Because I had spent all that time lost and slightly terrified while the thunderstorm hit and it hailed and was cold and intense and here this dude comes bumbling along on the correct route. But makes for a good story right? :lol:

Found the turn off for the sandy road easily and switched to four high. Felt the sand catching my tires at times but made it through no problem and enjoyed the new challenge. After the roads I had just went through this was a breeze. Made it to the parking lot and was loving the mountains surrounding it and marveling at this giant plateau with these teeny little rock formations that someone just had to find up here. The dogs loved exploring it and it was a lot of fun to see the formations. Such a beautiful place and one of my new favorites, along with Lees Ferry. I love seeing the geology connect and understanding how the regions are formed.

Need trail info? PM me.
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May 07 2017
DarrellLFosterPhot
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 Photos 7
 Triplogs 2

male
 Joined Apr 11 2019
 Chandler, AZ
White PocketNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2017
DarrellLFosterPhot
Hiking1.70 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Love this place! Here are a few images from past visits.
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Oct 05 2016
AZWanderingBear
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 Guides 27
 Routes 61
 Photos 2,620
 Triplogs 700

65 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
White PocketNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2016
AZWanderingBear
Hiking2.30 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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AZBeaver
After Cottonwood Cove, our convoy passed Poverty Draw and it's ramshackle and unused ranch ruins. We slalomed our vehicles downhill in the curving sand road to the ample parking lot at White Pocket. The short walk to the edge of the White Pocket formation is akin to falling down the rabbit hole into another world, an amazing world.

After all the red sandstone of the morning, the bleached white cauliflower formations that make White Pocket so unique was almost an assault on our senses. It was so...different...unexpected....weird. I know that the hematite in the red sandstone has been leached from the white rocks of the White Pocket. Actually to an extraordinary degree to the point that low areas are collections of Moqui Marbles, the iron minerals waterborne from the stone forming iron marbles by congealing around a single grain of sand. Many were over an inch in length resembling rusty red almonds on steroids. The blood of the red rocks had run out and reformed into iron nodules. But the shape of the white sandstone, not layered like the other rock around it, instead taking on the look of a head of cauliflower or perhaps the surface of a brain with the skull stripped away remains a mystery to me and apparently to geologists. There are theories, but no one is certain how the White Pockets came to be.

Not that everything is white. The areas where the white met the deep reds in steep uplifts only to swirl down in waves that dropped into the earth were dizzying and delightful. We wandered fairly aimlessly about, drawn from one rocky beauty to another, ceasing to wonder how and why choosing to just enjoy the what of it all.

The shadows were getting long and we had many miles of sandy road to travel back to our camp and dinner at Stateline. We dropped down the southern dunes to take in the petroglyph panel and the pottery sherds and corn cobs that remain in the huge alcove to the south. I wonder what the folks who made those pots and shelled that corn thought of this place?

We took the longer, but easier road to the south past the still working ranch passing a couple of cowboys also headed in for the evening. It had been a long day, so dinner was quick, the conversations short but appreciative of the day's experience.

Our trip was nearing its terminus. White Pocket was an apex point of the adventure we'd begun 9 days earlier.
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Oct 05 2016
AZBeaver
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 Photos 326
 Triplogs 124

67 female
 Joined Jan 04 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
White PocketNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2016
AZBeaver
Hiking2.30 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
500 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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AZWanderingBear
After Cottonwood Cove, our convoy passed Poverty Draw and it's ramshackle and unused ranch ruins. We slalomed our vehicles downhill in the curving sand road to the ample parking lot at White Pocket. The short walk to the edge of the White Pocket formation is akin to falling down the rabbit hole into another world, an amazing world.

After all the red sandstone of the morning, the bleached white cauliflower formations that make White Pocket so unique was almost an assault on our senses. It was so...different...unexpected....weird. I know that the hematite in the red sandstone has been leached from the white rocks of the White Pocket. Actually to an extraordinary degree to the point that low areas are collections of Moqui Marbles, the iron minerals waterborne from the stone forming iron marbles by congealing around a single grain of sand. Many were over an inch in length resembling rusty red almonds on steroids. The blood of the red rocks had run out and reformed into iron nodules. But the shape of the white sandstone, not layered like the other rock around it, instead taking on the look of a head of cauliflower or perhaps the surface of a brain with the skull stripped away remains a mystery to me and apparently to geologists. There are theories, but no one is certain how the White Pockets came to be.

Not that everything is white. The areas where the white met the deep reds in steep uplifts only to swirl down in waves that dropped into the earth were dizzying and delightful. We wandered fairly aimlessly about, drawn from one rocky beauty to another, ceasing to wonder how and why choosing to just enjoy the what of it all.

The shadows were getting long and we had many miles of sandy road to travel back to our camp and dinner at Stateline. We dropped down the southern dunes to take in the petroglyph panel and the pottery sherds and corn cobs that remain in the huge alcove to the south. I wonder what the folks who made those pots and shelled that corn thought of this place?

We took the longer, but easier road to the south past the still working ranch passing a couple of cowboys also headed in for the evening. It had been a long day, so dinner was quick, the conversations short but appreciative of the day's experience.

Our trip was nearing its terminus. White Pocket was an apex point of the adventure we'd begun 9 days earlier.
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May 12 2016
Steph_and_Blake
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 Guides 100
 Routes 61
 Photos 2,522
 Triplogs 176

72 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
White PocketNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2016
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.00 mph
200 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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We learned of the White Pocket area after I spoke to a ranger and asked the innocuous question : "Is there anything to see up on the high plateau to the east of House Rock Road?". We'd driven up and down that road numerous times and always wondered if there was anything up there besides cows. The ranger replied "Well, there's White Pocket, but I wouldn't advise you to drive out there. There's really deep sand and you'll get stuck." Hhmmmmmm...After seeing photos of the area we were on a mission! I finally got a different ranger to help us sort out the best driving route (which you can find on numerous posts on the internet). And, again, we were advised not to drive out lest we get stuck. We aired down the tires and enjoyed the ride out. However, I must say that you could get in quite a pickle if you're not experienced with driving in sand. And there were some rutted areas that warrants high clearance. Further, the signage wasn't good, so I strongly advise having a GPS driving route to follow. And extra water. And extra gas. And extra food. A good map. Satellite communications. Then enjoy!

We camped just south of the parking lot and had the place entirely to ourselves except for a few professional photographers.
The next morning we hiked out to the "formations" and meandered around for hours. I really don't know how to describe the area. It's unlike anything we've ever seen. Best to just look at the photos. Mine do a disservice to the area, so Google "White Pocket" and click on "images".
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Oct 02 2015
MikeS
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 Photos 99
 Triplogs 866

male
 Joined Mar 18 2012
 Goodyear, AZ
White PocketNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2015
MikeS
Hiking1.40 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.40 Miles   1 Hour      1.40 mph
100 ft AEG
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On the way up to St. George, we decided to make it fun both ways so on the way up we went off roading (just got a new Tacoma) through the Vermilion Cliffs area. Drove out to White Pocket and explored the area. I will post the video link below as well as in the next write up about Buckskin Gulch.

https://youtu.be/PE ... 5MXk
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Sep 19 2015
Lucyan
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 Routes 1
 Photos 20,683
 Triplogs 1,057

41 female
 Joined Jan 18 2011
 In the Wild
White PocketNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2015
Lucyan
Hiking1.70 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles
200 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Mar 08 2015
Lowell
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 Routes 3
 Photos 92
 Triplogs 1

63 male
 Joined Sep 12 2007
 Chandler, AZ
White PocketNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2015
Lowell
Hiking1.70 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Sandy roads were frozen when we drove in early on Sunday so it was an easy drive in. Didn't leave until Monday afternoon and the sand had started to thaw and dry. We occasionally bogged down a bit, but still didn't get stuck.

Loved this place and hated to leave it. Even with a full moon the stars were incredible. Planning to go back but on a new moon.

From the topos, it looks like the confluence of Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch are about 4 miles away. Wondering if any HAZ folks have ever checked it out and what this confluence looks like from the rim.
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Oct 10 2013
evanshiker
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 Routes 16
 Photos 921
 Triplogs 41

male
 Joined Jan 22 2007
 Mesa, AZ
White PocketNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2013
evanshiker
Hiking1.70 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles
200 ft AEG
 
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Made my second trip to this fascinating place last Thursday. Last time we were here in July it was at least 100F and, although we had nice clouds, no one wanted to stay to capture the place in the late-day sun. It was too hot for most of the party.

This time we started at 6 am from Mesa, drove through snow and slick roads just south of Flag and ate lunch at a place along 89A after the Navajo bridge. We went with the intent of capturing late sun and clouds. This time, it had to be in the 40F's and with stong winds - and a little too many clouds. In fact, the clouds built up on the western horizon so much that it cut off good light way earlier than we had desired. But we did capture a little of what we wanted if we were willing to wait for those short periods when the sun broke through. But there was much that we didn't get to.

We had planned on doing Wire Pass Trail on Friday and then driving on to Canyon de Chelly, where we had arranged a guide to take along on a 4W outing up Canyon del Muerto on Saturday. So we couldn't really try to capture more at White Pocket the day after we had gone in. But we'll be back.
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Mar 30 2013
Dennyforreal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 149
 Triplogs 131

36 male
 Joined May 04 2012
 Denver, CO
White PocketNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2013
Dennyforreal
Hiking7.50 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs      2.50 mph
900 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Apr 11 2010
RedRoxx44
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 Guides 5
 Photos 21,962
 Triplogs 631

female
 Joined Feb 15 2003
 outside, anywher
White PocketNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2010
RedRoxx44
Hiking1.70 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Great impromptu trip, combined with roaming around the Vermillion Cliffs. Went in from Corral Valley, sandy but a 2wd HC no problem with the base of the deep sand still damp from the wet winter. Got here late, good afternoon sun shots, then most of the next day with the camera. Fabulous place, took over 400 shots easily. Hiked around the area and took lunch under a big cedar tree in soft sand.
High noon sun softens the colors. It's a misnomer here, lots of rich reds, wonderful contrasts and textures.
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