Hike Guide: The Baker Route and Stevens Canyon

Stevens Canyon is a classic Escalante drainage which remains relatively infrequently visited thanks to its remote location.  With no major obstacles, Stevens makes for a great backpacking destination. Combined with the historical Baker Route, it makes for a great “connector” for longer hikes and is becoming a popular alternate for… Continue reading

Muley Mushroom

This interesting toadstool/hoodoo/balanced rock lives in a remote section of desert below Tarantula Mesa west of the Henry Mountains and east of Capitol Reef National Park. As far as I know the rock formation doesn’t have an official name, thus I’ve referred to it by its location near upper Muley… Continue reading

Video: Zion to Capitol Reef

The video from my 20-day, 320-mile trek from Zion to Capitol Reef from earlier this spring. If you prefer to just see the highlights, there’s also the up-tempo short version with music (7+ minutes). And, If you haven’t already, check out the full trip report.

VIDEO: Grand Staircase/Escalante Hike 2006

Here’s a throw-back video from my first “big hike” in southern Utah. The 25-day trek took me across one of the longest “pavement free” stretches in the US; approximately from east of Zion to Capitol Reef National Park. Fairly new to long-distance hiking and cross-country travel, I carried WAY too… 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. 🙁 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 Hi-res… Continue reading

Boulder Mountain to Moab — Part 1

I’ve finally assembled all my notes and pictures from my Boulder Mountain to Moab Hike from this past May. It was an exciting trek, so I’ve split it into four parts to capture much of the detail from the 18-day, 283-mile trip. Each part includes its own extended photo gallery… Continue reading