It's been a long, long time (decades) since our one and only hike to Navajo Knobs. I remember my feet being sore for days after. That it pushes 10 miles with over 2,000 feet of elevation gain/loss (according to the Gaia App) you'd think once was enough. But the day was sunny and calm and warm...warmer than it should be...and we awoke to a strange and unusual sensation of feeling strong. Well, perhaps it was time for a reprise.
The trail doesn't waste time gaining some of that 2,000 feet.
We caught a break from climbing on an intermediate, undulating, mezzanine-like shelf. It afforded arial views of red rocks, the highway, and a greenbelt of irrigated orchards planted by Mormon pioneers.
|Note Park Visitor's Center at top-right...|
Navajo Knobs is more or less a rim trail where a short detour gains panoramic viewpoints. Aptly named, Castle Rock is featured above, just to the right of center.
|A sandstone rim walk|
|Small cairns mark the way...|
|View west, toward Torrey, Bicknell and Loa.|
|View east toward Hanksville and the Reef-like San Refael Swell, fading into the horizon.|
Just about the time we felt like the "knobs" were long overdue, voila!
Time to turn around. But first, some views from the back-a-behind Navajo Knobs...
|Mark, standing on one of the Knobs, trying to comprehend nature's chaos. You could get really lost down there...|
Thanks for tagging along.
mark and bobbie