Due to rain and high winds we spent an extra night at Colorado National Monument. No sense driving in that kind of weather, so we went to Grand Junction to do laundry, which saves us from having to do it in Moab. We parked off Willow Springs Road, a very popular dispersed camping area north of town.
On Tuesday we drove about 20 miles east along the scenic Colorado River road, Hwy 128, to the Fisher Towers trail. Even if you’re not into hiking, the drive alone is worth it. The trail is about 5 miles round trip, with spectacular scenery the entire way. We had never done this hike in our previous visits to Moab, but after reading about it on a couple blogs, it’s been on my list.
View of the Colorado River from the parking lot.
After a short distance we came across this abandoned backpack with a Honda generator. One of the strangest things we’ve found on a hike.
We finally had the answer to the chain saw mystery when came upon this ranger with a group of volunteers doing trail maintenance.
There is a lot of uphill on the way out, but we we stopped frequently for photos and to marvel at the rock formations.
There is also some rock scrambling and even a ladder, which almost stopped me from completing the hike. It was turning around to get on it and go down that was a problem, but Jim scurried down and left me, so I had to follow.
Just after the ladder we saw a climber building a new route.
We were hoping to see some climbers going up on the towers but it was a quiet day.
Many movies and commercials have been filmed in this area. Check out John and Pam’s post at Oh, The Places They Go to see their great photos of the climbers on Ancient Arts, the formation on the right.
At 700’ high, the Titan is another popular climbing route, and the highest of the Fisher Towers.
The scenery at the end of the trail is so worth the effort.
It’s all down from here. Way down.
This is a fantastic hike! We are so happy to be back in red rock country.
On our way home we stopped for a nice visit with Lazy Daze friends Ed and Carol, and Gopher the dog, who got lucky enough to snag one of the river front sites at Goose Island Campground. Yesterday we moved to a less crowded spot farther north of town, where we were joined by Mark and Bobbie of Box Canyon Blog. More hiking and biking to come.