On Mark and Bobbie’s first full day here we drove to the Anticline Overlook, 16 miles down a good gravel road with views of Dead Horse Point, the Colorado River, and Kane Creek Canyon. The hazy day didn’t make for the best photos but the views were amazing and made us feel very small in this vast landscape. This area, including where we are camped, is all part of the Canyon Rims Recreation Area, administered by the BLM.
A few photos from our hike along the rim.
Colorado River with potash pools in the background, not far from Moab.
The following day birthday girl (aka Queen) Suzanne got to pick the hike. She chose the Chesler Park Loop trail in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, a 50 mile drive for an 11 mile hike, if we made it. We took two cars in case anyone wanted to bail early, but I’m happy to report we all managed to complete the entire loop, sore feet and all. Pretty good for a bunch of senior citizens!
To actually get to the Chesler Park Loop you must hike 3 miles up a rather rocky trail with plenty of steps, some rock scrambling, and even squeezing through slots. Of course this also means repeating those same three miles on the way back after having already hiked 8 miles. For a fun 6 mile hike this would be a good place to turn back. But of course we didn’t.
First of several snack breaks. Some members of our group were seeking shade, but Jim and I thought it was a very pleasant day for a hike in the mid 70s with single digit humidity.
Nearing the half-way point, after walking on a jeep road for a mile or so, we came upon a shady picnic table and outhouse. Two Jeeps came along and Suzanne offered up her Amex card for a ride. She just may have been serious.
It’s good that she didn’t take the ride or she would have missed the best part of the hike, the Joint Trail, a couple foot split in a towering rock wall, something like a slot canyon. And getting there was half the fun.
Mark preaching his sermon. You’ll have to go to Box Canyon Blog to hear what he said.
The last part of the loop had some fantastic views
I don’t think any of us took photos of the last three miles up and down the rocky trail back to the cars. We were all pretty tired by that point and just wanted to sit down. In spite of the length and challenging terrain it was a great hike and a memorable anniversary for Jim and me. It was nice to be able to share it with friends.