Thru Arches and Behind the Rocks

I procrastinated putting together this trip report because the process actually bummed me out somewhat. It’s now been TWO years in a row that my spring trip hasn’t gone as planned. šŸ™ Ā That makes me question… Am I getting too old for this? Am I losing the passion? Am Iā€¦ Continue reading

Burr Trail Loop Hike

Spring 2016 definitely didn’t turn out like I imagined. After months of planning, I scrapped my “Bryce to Canyonlands” itinerary due to a lingering ankle injury as well as schedule complications. Then more logistical conflicts doomed plan B as well. After Plan C seemed less than ideal, I ended upā€¦ Continue reading

Zion to Capitol Reef: Week 1 — To the Paria

In late April I set out on my latest long-distance hike in southern Utah. The goal this time out was to hike from Zion National Park to Capitol Reef National Park. The start and end points would be similar to my “Grand Staircase” hike in 2006, but the new routeā€¦ Continue reading

Moody Canyons & The Fold

In mid-May I set out on my second loop hike in southern Utah in 2014. Yep, that means… no extended thru-hike this spring. šŸ™ The goal this time was to explore Escalante’s “Lower East Side” including the Moody Canyons and the southern portion of the Waterpocket Fold. FYI: a Continue reading

Around-Zion Hike

I’d planned an early-March trip to hike several spots I wanted to explore near Zion and St. George. But, with a very favorable forecast, I decided to ‘upgrade’ the plan and link several spots to do a longer LOOP backpack. Ā Veteran Zion hikers know about the “Trans-Zion” route which stretchesā€¦ Continue reading

Boulder Mountain to Moab — Part 4

Day 13: In the morning there was some time to kill before the boat arrived. I took the time to get organized and then actually had a swim in the Colorado River. This was quite the memory! Somebody once told me that one could wade across the Colorado at Spanishā€¦ Continue reading