Burr Trail Loop Hike

Lower Main Fork

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 up … Continue reading

Zion to Capitol Reef: Week 1 — To the Paria

Zion Bonsai

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 route … Continue reading

Moody Canyons & The Fold

Final light

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. 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

Boulder Mountain to Moab — Part 4

B2M_part4

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 Spanish … Continue reading

Boulder Mountain to Moab — Part 3

B2M_part3

Day 9: Woke up to sunshine and promptly got out all my wet gear to get it dry before going back into my pack. The shortcut route down to Poison Canyon was a bit of a slog, but it was better than walking along the highway to upper part of … Continue reading