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Monday, October 13, 2014

Upper Muley Twist, Part 1

There are multiple outings warming up in the "Bull Pen," awaiting their turn on the BCB mound. But one bar at 1x = no uploads (sigh). I know, I know... what about the two wi fi goodie joints only three miles distant in Torrey? Well, I've gained 5 pounds using "free" hotspots... and lost damn near fifty bucks. I can attest that the pumpkin shakes at Slackers are to die for, and the muffins at Castlerock are just as lethal. Photo by photo, word by word, I will get you caught up. But first, let me wax poetic about about a curious wrinkle in the earth's crust known as The Waterpocket Fold.  Boonie devotees will want to exit here and now…



The Fold runs north and south for over a hundred miles, a massive uplift of sandstone and red dirt. Eons of weather have been kind, sculpting, eroding and fracturing the uplift into an obstacle course maze of slits, slots, and monoliths. It's a magnificent playground, known to bring out one's inner child. 

We were up early to hitch a ride with Susan and Maikel for the two hour drive to Upper Muley Twist Canyon, followed by an extraordinary hike right through the heart of Waterpocket. Here's a Part 1 album of photos; more to come later.














Burr Trail



















4 comments:

  1. As usual, really nice photos. Looks like great weather to boot. For Part 1, it looks like it was mostly driving to get to the actual hiking, maybe Part 2. Am I perceiving correctly?

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  2. Omigosh. You went in from the bottom! I did it from the top, only half way, as I said. Oh mark. The memories. The photos. The Fold. Most magical place ever IMHO. However, at the moment I am in the middle of a fairy tale on Lake Champlain, so not complaining.

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  3. That's quite a field trip...two hours! Can't wait to see photos of a place I've only heard about! Looks like it was a gorgeous drive.

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  4. This is a hike we need to do. We did drive the Burr Trail and hike across the area above the trailhead but we were with friends and this was a Jeep trip day. We thought about going back but weren't up for the drive. Now I can check it out with your photos!

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