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Oct 07 2018
Steph_and_Blak
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 Guides 98
 Routes 59
 Photos 2,511
 Triplogs 175

70 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Wolfman PetroglyphsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2018
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking0.90 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking0.90 Miles      45 Mns   2.16 mph
150 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Short hike to some unique petroglyphs. Blake especially liked the shield. I wanted to see the crane/great blue.

Note to self - Don’t be lazy on future hikes Dig out the real camera!
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Stephanie and Blake Barnard
Apr 19 2018
AZLOT69
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 Guides 175
 Routes 247
 Photos 7,438
 Triplogs 1,845

69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Wolfman PetroglyphsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2018
AZLOT69
Hiking2.50 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
330 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Explored petroglyphs, ruins and upstream. Perfect weather, windstorm moving in tonight.
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It's best for a man to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open his mouth and remove all doubt.
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Jan 02 2018
Stoic
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 Routes 212
 Photos 4,871
 Triplogs 410

44 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Wolfman PetroglyphsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2018
Stoic
Hiking1.64 Miles 227 AEG
Hiking1.64 Miles      54 Mns   1.82 mph
227 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners

Great weather for a January Hike. The pups and I checked out the petroglyphs and the cliff dwelling along Butler Wash.
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Jan 16 2016
PaleoRob
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 Guides 137
 Routes 111
 Photos 5,253
 Triplogs 942

39 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Wolfman PetroglyphsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2016
PaleoRob
Hiking1.10 Miles 283 AEG
Hiking1.10 Miles   2 Hrs      0.88 mph
283 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Couldn't fly at the Bluff Balloon Festival so we headed to Comb Ridge instead. Some folks were new to the area so Bryan and I decided to take them to Wolfman since it is a short and easy hike. They were blown away and loved the ruins across the way! We were surprised to see flowing water in Butler Wash. Headed back into Bluff for the Balloon Glow. There were two other parties in the canyon but they were also in town for the balloon festival.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Butler Wash Light flow Light flow
Flow was observed at the wash crossing below the Wolfman Panel. Downstream a frozen beaver pond was glimpsed but it is unknown how much water was flowing below that point.
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"The only thing we did was wrong was staying in the wilderness to long...the only thing we did was right was the day we started to fight..."
-Old Spiritual
My book, The Marauders on Lulu and Amazon
Jul 06 2014
big_load
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 Routes 23
 Photos 1,254
 Triplogs 122

60 male
 Joined Oct 28 2003
 Andover, NJ
Wolfman PetroglyphsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2014
big_load
Hiking0.50 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles
150 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
This site was one of the reasons I dragged Mrs. big_load up to Bluff after the reunion. It has spectacular rock art, a fascinating ruin within easy reach, all in a setting of breathtaking beauty.

The road and parking area changed a little since my last visit, so finding it took a little extra time. However, after a few minor accusations of having no idea where we were going, it ended up being very popular with the target audience. Along the way, I discovered some very faint petroglyphs to the left of the ruins that I probably missed last time, and I briefly scrambled up the Comb Ridge side for a different view. From that vantage point, the true width of Comb Ridge is evident in a way that can't be grasped from a car.

This is also a good place to note that Mexican Hat Rock and its colorful sandstone backdrop were big hits on the way up, as was a brief tour of Valley of the Gods.
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Feb 25 2014
AZLOT69
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 Guides 175
 Routes 247
 Photos 7,438
 Triplogs 1,845

69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Wolfman PetroglyphsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2014
AZLOT69
Hiking2.50 Miles 333 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
333 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Look a little harder than the hike description, there are ruins verryy close.
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It's best for a man to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open his mouth and remove all doubt.
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Sep 06 2010
PaleoRob
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 Guides 137
 Routes 111
 Photos 5,253
 Triplogs 942

39 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Wolfman PetroglyphsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2010
PaleoRob
Hiking0.50 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles
150 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
AAI - Group
Screwed around on the backside of Comb Ridge. Wife got pissed that we weren't going someplace well known; instead we were just wandering. Headed to Wolfman to give her a taste of what she was after. Bummed because I wanted to get to the top of the ridge, as well as going to Procession Panel. :( Not sure if I'll get there this year now...
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"The only thing we did was wrong was staying in the wilderness to long...the only thing we did was right was the day we started to fight..."
-Old Spiritual
My book, The Marauders on Lulu and Amazon
May 16 2008
Randal_Schulha
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 Guides 71
 Routes 98
 Photos 9,967
 Triplogs 1,009

60 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Comb Ridge, UT 
Comb Ridge, UT
 
Hiking avatar May 16 2008
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking8.45 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking8.45 Miles   10 Hrs      0.85 mph
2,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
20 years in the making
4 day long weekend
3 camps
9 hiking trails
1 mountain bike trek
1 paragliding crash landing
583 photos
860.6 miles
Desert Rose Inn in Bluff UT as base camp
Priceless!

About 20 years ago I did a mountain bike weekend trek of Valley of the Gods in Utah. On that trip, I was made aware of an intriguing nearby landform called "Comb Ridge" and another named "Cedar Mesa". Photos of Anasazi ruins and ancient rock art only acted as a sirens' call beckoning me to explore. It only took 20 years to answer that sirens' call, but we did it!


Day 0 - Thursday May 15th - Planned a late evening rendezvous at Desert Rose Inn on the west side of the town of Bluff UT, east of Comb Ridge along Hwy 191/163. Recapture Lodge identified as our back-up choice. It seemed like we had a group of a dozen committed adventures, but when we departed work at 4:05pm our convoy consisted of one 4WD Ford F-150 and one 4WD Jeep Sahara. Needless to say both vehicles were packed to the gills and some redundant equipment and supplies were left behind in Phoenix.

Rush hour traffic cooperated with us and we seemed to be making good time when the yellow "CHECK ENGINE" light glowed on Mike's Jeep. Extreme hesitation and engine lurching after every gear shift seemed to point to a dirty filter or vacuum issue. We pulled off at Anthem to do the only thing we could - pull the air filter and dump some high octane fuel injector cleaner...

Back on the I-17, the hesitation seemed to be gentler and slowly smoothed out. By the time we climbed out of the Verde Valley, everything seemed to be operating as it should! Stopped at the Flagstaff Quiznos for dinner and placed a call to the Desert Rose Inn giving them a heads-up we'd be a late arrival. No problem, desk closes at 10pm, but they'd leave the keys for our 2 rooms under the front mat...

Made the late night crossing of Navajo Nation and needed some tunes and caffeine to keep us focused on the road. Gas and the worlds worst coffee was purchased in Kayenta and we put the radio on seek to find some tunes. Country and Western, Country and Western, or Country and Western all available on the only FM radio station we could tune in. We were introduced to "Drinking Bone" by Tracy Byrd;

"The drinkin' bone is connected to the party bone
The party bone's connected to the stayin' out all night long
And she won't think it's funny
And I'll wind up all alone
And the lonely bone's connected to the drinkin' bone"

Needless to say this became our theme song for UTAH Adventure 2008! Pulled up to the Desert Rose Inn at 11:30pm Phoenix time (12:30am Bluff time)...


Day 1 - Friday May 16th - Started the day off right with the best coffee in Utah courtesy of Comb Ridge Coffee located across the highway from the Desert Rose Inn. We soon started our 4WD trek north from Hwy 163 along Butler Wash Road (CR262 on topo maps) on the east side of Comb Ridge. Check out p.197 of the 4WD bible "UTAH Backcountry Adventures" by Peter Massey and Jeanne Wilson (I'm sure most of us have their ARIZONA book). Side canyons of Butler Wash are riddled with numerous cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and other ancient artifacts.

Hike #1 - Wolfman Petroglyphs and Ruins (1.45 miles) - Made our way to the east rim of Butler Wash and were immediately greeted by the sight of cliff dwelling ruins located below the west rim. We made our way south along the rim looking for the cairns leading to ledge that appears blocked by a large boulder. Spotting the large boulder, we squeezed through between the cliff wall and the obstacle gaining clear passage to the canyon floor. We passed a small alcove with evidence of ancient footings (for a small granary perhaps?). Many petroglyphs could be seen in the desert varnish of the east side cliffs south of the alcove. Sadly, the larger glyphs have been defaced with bullet holes...

Hike #2 - Procession Panel Petroglyph Site (2.98 miles) - Further up Butler Wash lays the famous Procession Panel. You cross the wash and an open expanse of slick rock before ascending into a canyon with a large dryfall. From the top of the dryfall, note flat panels along the north cliff face covered with desert varnish. These panels are lined with rock art. As you angle upwards towards the top of Comb Ridge, Procession Panel comes into view. This panel is comprised of a conga line of 179 figures (no we didn't count them; I'm just reporting what's in the literature!). From the panel, we proceeded up to the edge of Comb Ridge to soak up the spectacular view and surf the stone wave rising 500+ feet above Comb Wash...

Hike #3 - Monarch Cave Ruins (1.49 miles) - After a PBJ lunch we headed to the iconic Monarch Cave. The canyon leading towards the cave is a picturesque riparian area with flowing water and cottonwood trees. David Roberts book; "The Sandstone Spine" describes the "discovery" of Monarch Cave Ruins by the Illustrated America Exploring Expedition of 1892 led by Warren K. Moorehead. We soon find the inscription left by the expedition near the castle-like ruins. Spectacular rock art examples, grinding pits, and other artifacts are readily found throughout the area. We also encounter our first group (and only encounter for the day) of hikers near the ruins - a couple visiting from Montana. After examining the ruins, we climbed down from the alcove to the water pool below. We noticed flat panels covered with desert varnish on the southern cliffs - a good indicator of rock art surfaces. As we scrambled towards the black walled cliffs we could discern some pecked images. Distracted, we hadn't noticed that we were standing within an expansive patch of poison ivy! A quick detour, we decided we'd had enough and headed back towards the trail head expecting to be in full itch at any moment...

Hike #4 - Fishmouth Cave Ruins (2.53 miles) - About 5 ½ miles to the north of Monarch Cave lays a canyon with distinctive looking Fishmouth Cave. Easily visible from CR262, we turned onto the 4WD track heading towards Butler Wash and the trail head. We made our way west along a well worn path that soon angled towards the north. Although the trail showed heavy usage, the continued northerly trek did not compute with the GPS coordinates I had for Fishmouth Cave. Convinced we were too far north, we doubled back and headed into a narrow canyon with an intermittent trail. This canyon correlated with my north coordinates, so we pushed on. The reward was quick as we came to first of four archeology sites within Fishmouth Canyon. The masonry work evident in the first two sites is remarkably precise. A plumbline had to be used to maintain this type of precision! After inspecting the first two sites, we angled up the slickrock towards Small Cave noted for the many pictographs pecked into the floor. From this vantage, we pondered how to ascend into gaping Fishmouth Cave. Steve and Mike remained at Small Cave as Paul and I descended back into the canyon and continued west toward Fishmouth Cave. Having ascended into the amphitheater, we could see that rock collapses from the cave roof has obliterated any evidence of ancient ruins. Tired and shadows engulfing the canyon, we headed back to the trail head and declared the area "Camp #1". Time to break out the BBQ to grill up some brats and beer....

Day 1 total mileage = 8.45 miles

Day 1 campsite at Fishmouth Cave Ruins trail head...

Day 2 - see Cedar Mesa http://hikearizona.com/photocodeZOOM.php?ID=5489

Day 3 - see Valley of the Gods http://hikearizona.com/photocodeZOOM.php?ID=5503
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Feb 10 2008
PaleoRob
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 Guides 137
 Routes 111
 Photos 5,253
 Triplogs 942

39 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Wolfman PetroglyphsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2008
PaleoRob
Hiking0.88 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking0.88 Miles      40 Mns   1.32 mph
150 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Butler Wash Road was really muddy, so we couldn't make it up much further than the Wolfman with Beth's Escape. Had to resort to Plan B: Make it up as we go along.
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"The only thing we did was wrong was staying in the wilderness to long...the only thing we did was right was the day we started to fight..."
-Old Spiritual
My book, The Marauders on Lulu and Amazon
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Jun 04 2007
PaleoRob
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 Guides 137
 Routes 111
 Photos 5,253
 Triplogs 942

39 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Wolfman PetroglyphsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jun 04 2007
PaleoRob
Hiking0.50 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles      35 Mns   0.86 mph
150 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Wolfman Petroglyph Panel along Butler Wash.
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"The only thing we did was wrong was staying in the wilderness to long...the only thing we did was right was the day we started to fight..."
-Old Spiritual
My book, The Marauders on Lulu and Amazon
1 archive
average hiking speed 1.31 mph

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