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Posted: 05/02/11 04:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Got lost in Dark Canyon, tripped on Grand Staircase, and fell into Hole-in-the-Rock


Ahh, none of that really happened -- it's just a name of a trip report.

As usual, most of my pictures are on my website here .

First stop was high in the Manti La Sal National Forest, near the eastern (upper) end of Dark Canyon.
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Pretty country -- but no sign of any canyon.
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Some of the 'roads' were a bit iffy --
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-- with some melting snow and a good deal of mud.
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Signs of the canyon from 'Deadman Point'.
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On Woodenshoe Road -- looking more like a canyon out there.
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This looks very promising.
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Great views of the canyon.
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And a great place to camp.
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Peaceful Desert
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On the Burr Trail to Escalante
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Hole-in-the-Rock road
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Hole-in-the Rock
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Beautiful sunrise after an overnight thunderstorm
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No crowds here either.
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View from the top.
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On the road back toward Escalante
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Left Hand Collet Canyon - east end.
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Collet Canyon road -- doesn't look too bad.
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But after more than an hour to make the last mile of six, this is where I turned around. With more time, it seems do-able. See website for details.
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Around to Smokey Mountain Road. Report was 'Condition unknown'.
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Approaching Lake Powell
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The good (ie, not crowded) side of Lake Powell.
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And that's about it for this time.
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Some have asked how my front e-locker worked out (along with the auto-locking rear axle). Obviously, I didn't deliberately get stuck anywhere to see if that it pull me out. But I did use it several times and do think it made a difference in some cases. A few washes with shallow water had fairly steep, slick, muddy sides, and weren't a problem. Once, I came over a rise at not more than 5-10 mph, and was immediately going downhill in slick mud - neither steering nor brakes were very effective. I thought it might be a problem coming back up, but with a little momentum, it wasn't. Mostly, I had no trouble at all in fairly soft, loose sand, which I probably would have avoided in the past. Once (on Collet Canyon road), starting uphill from a stop, in sand, resulted in all 4 wheels turning, but no go. A rock under one front wheel got me going. And a few times, (again on Collet Canyon road) I decided to drive over good size rocks with one side of the truck, and made it without spinning the rear wheels. So, I'm quite happy with it.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures, and thanks for looking.


Cal


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Posted: 05/02/11 04:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well shoot! I had hoped that this wetter than wet winter across the country was going to bring Powell up more than it appears in your pictures.


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Posted: 05/02/11 05:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cal,
Great stuff! I've been on most of those roads in the 70's and I thought The Burr Trail was closed by Clinton. This is good news. Maybe we can try that no-go part again. I'm ready as my shoulder has mended on it's own and I cancelled the pending rotator cuff operation.
Thanks for the report and fine pics.
regards, as always, jefe


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Posted: 05/02/11 05:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Super_Dave wrote:

Well shoot! I had hoped that this wetter than wet winter across the country was going to bring Powell up more than it appears in your pictures.


The runoff has not started in the high country as yet. It is still snowing almost everyday in Colorado. Vail had over 500" of snow this year and Trail Ridge has 15' of snow at this time. I would suggest that Lake Powell will rise somewhat when the runoff starts!

As a side note. I have backpacked all the way through Dark Canyon from Woodenshoe Trailhead and out via Peavine Canyon. That was in 2004. A five day 45 mile trip backpack trip. One of my life's fondest memories.

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Posted: 05/02/11 07:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for sharing your adventure. I enjoyed the photos and I learned something: that I should stay away from Collet Canyon Road!


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Posted: 05/02/11 07:47pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Super shots! Can't wait to get out that way next month in my TC and find some of those hidden treasures...Happy Trails..


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Posted: 05/02/11 08:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was told tonight that Lake Mead has come up 40 feet already this year to about 1550'. I can't verify it but if true, good news! Great trip pics. Thanks.
Frank


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Posted: 05/03/11 04:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very Nice!!! Those photos would look good on my living room walls!!!

That road has me drooling!!! [emoticon]


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Posted: 05/02/11 09:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice roads to exercise your new locker on. Some of those small mud holes in the road look easy until they try to suck the wheel off the truck.

Thanks for the photos.


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Posted: 05/02/11 10:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cal, I can feel the solitude coming thru the pictures. It must have been like you were the last man on the Planet of the Apes. Nice to know you like the locker and I'm sure it will get more of a workout over time. Did you do any hiking?

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