Hiking Utah -- May 2010
Meeting a Challenge
The Challenge, if I may be excused a little over-dramatisation, was to complete the Little Wild Horse Canyon trail on which I'd gotten lost three years ago. This time I brought a GPS! But there were also some other great hikes in the Southern Utah Canyonlands area on my list, before and after Little Wild Horse!
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Three years before, in September of ought-seven, I threw aside the basic rules of navigation, lost myself in the joy of a hot day in the rocks, and missed a turning! Spent two days nursing my remaining water (about a 20th of a liter!) before attempting a walk out. I was at least going in the right direction when I was rescued by a fellow Canuck on a trail bike!. So I had to come back and complete this classic slot canyon hike.
Next day I drove the "Behind the Rim" road to try to find the spot where, three years ago, I'd emerged from the canyons into a dry wash. and from where I'd walked out. I found it. Even my trail marker was still there - although the note I left had long rotted away!
Canyonlands National Park: Horseshoe Canyon
Horseshoe is one of the Grand Canyon variety -- you start on a plateau and trek down (a long way down!) to the Canyon -- then have to climb up again at the end!
One last hike -- a sedate stroll along the San Rafael River
" ... and as the sun sinks slowly in the West,
we say 'Goodbye' to Sunny Utah."
Until the next time!