Sequoia: Upper Kern River and Lake South America

I don’t think I’m alone in saying… 2020 has been a strange year! After skipping my traditional big spring hike in Utah and being much more sedentary than usual due to the pandemic, I set out at the beginning of July for a 9-day hike in the Sierras. Thanks to… Continue reading

Video: Sequoia Upper Kern Basin

Still waiting for an opportunity to get back to Utah, I opted for a “local” 9-day hike through Sequoia National Park to the Upper Kern Basin and Lake South America and back through the Kern Canyon and Golden Trout Wilderness. I say “local” as I could do this entire hike… Continue reading

Hike Guide: Inside Stevens Arch

Stevens Arch in the lower Escalante is one of the most impressive arches in Utah (and arguably the world!) At 220′ feet wide it’s rumored that a crazy pilot once flew a small plane through its opening. The arch stands high in the Navajo sandstone as the river flows in… Continue reading

Hike Guide: Bull Valley Gorge

Bull Valley Gorge is an impressive slot canyon in Grand-Staircase/Escalante National Monument  that is accessible via the Skutumpah Road. The canyon is deeper, more rugged, and less visited than its nearby “cousin” canyon Willis Creek  which is just to the north. Bull Valley Gorge is somewhat infamous for being the location… Continue reading

Hike Guide: Balanced Rock and Red Slot

The Balanced Rock and Red Slot are two amazing off-the-beaten-path spots to see in an off-the-beaten-path area. By that I mean that many hikers who visit the remote region (the Upper Paria) actually stick to the river corridor and skip the short diversion required to see theses spots. IMHO anyone hiking… Continue reading