Exploring Some Mud Cliffs, and Hiking Lick Wash and Willis Creek along Skutumpah Road


March 25 – March 29, 2018

I do not consider that a particular person has to be enamored by geology to appreciate the beauty of nature, but so numerous folks glance and move on, with out providing a great deal believed to how it became the way it is. Even so, I normally take my time. I appear, meander, potter, consider, wonder, gaze in awe, stroll, and scramble. I’ve been to numerous of these locations various occasions, and I practically normally discover one thing new.

I explored some mud cliffs across the way from Catstair Canyon, which is also a entertaining spot to discover. There are some petroglyphs there, and a huge pile of vehicles that really hold up portion of the highway. The parking region for the upper portion of the canyon is incredibly difficult to discover, due to the fact its just a gap in the guardrail, and it is on a incredibly steep grade in the road on the south side. I produced a video of the mud cliffs, and integrated Catstair Canyon in it, to view the video click right here: Exploring Some Mud Cliffs and Catstair Canyon ~ Come Hike With Me

It had been a couple of years because I’d driven up Skutumpah Road, which runs along the west boundary of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. By the way, the region of Skutumpah is in danger of becoming ruined by unnecessary and poor management practices by the BLM, if you consider its incorrect for the BLM to just tear out hundreds (thousands?) of acres of brush and cedar trees for no very good purpose, please take a look at The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA.ORG) and fill out a petition to quit the madness, or send revenue if you can afford to. They are the protectors of this stunning region, and I thank them so a great deal for their efforts to save one particular of the final wild locations in Utah, but their battles are huge and pricey, and they are up against huge oil and other non-environmentalists and for-profit corporations, the State and even the BLM itself and much more.

Skutumpah Road is a dirt road, but most of it is in relatively very good shape. If undesirable climate is imminent there are some places that would finest be avoided, so normally verify the climate forecast initially, and normally obey the speed limit. Excessive speed creates terrible washboard, which may possibly not bother people in automobiles with remarkable super cushy shocks, but for these with stiffer shocks or older automobiles, washboard can make a dirt road incredibly unpleasant, in truth it can be a total nightmare and do a lot of harm to an older automobile, and peoples false teeth. Please, people, quit driving so rapid on these dirt roads, be considerate of other people. Take your time, kick back, unwind, you could see some wildlife or one thing rather of just a blur.

Lick Wash is a stunning hike, but it is not genuinely a slot. I met a group of ladies towards the finish of this trail and joined them for the hike back to our automobiles. I typically camp at trailheads if permitted, and so far I’ve normally been the only one particular and I’ve been performing this for various years. Of course, I’m normally performing these factors off-season, it could be various at other occasions of the year.  I’ll camp the evening, do the trail that day, then move onto the subsequent spot I want to hike, and camp there the evening. It was nonetheless March, and the temps at evening had been quite cool nonetheless, but the finest factor about spring is that a particular person knows that every single day the climate will get warmer and the day will get longer.

When I travel in the fall it is the opposite, every single day gets shorter and colder, and it is normally a gamble on how extended the climate will hold out. Of course, spring can also imply rain, and when you are in Utah or other desert places (higher desert, Sonoran, or what ever) rain can result in substantial challenges on roads and trails, and place a quit to driving particular roads and slot canyons. Traveling in this manner is normally a difficult climate-smart, but it is a entertaining one particular.

Just after performing Lick Wash, I continued north on Skutumpah Road. I normally quit at Bull Valley Gorge. There is a car or truck wedged involving the gorge in this canyon. It fell in one particular year and has never ever been removed. I genuinely want to hike in Bull Valley Gorge, but when I checked the starting (major) of the slot, I could get in, but it wasn’t far till there was a downclimb that was beyond me. I would enjoy to do this with an seasoned canyoneer or climber, but not alone. Getting in a slot canyon of this nature (extended, dark and incredibly deep and cold) is actually fascinating, but its also just a tad scary, and for myself, much more enjoyable with a companion.

A small bit north of Bull Canyon is Willis Creek. The section of road involving Lick Wash and Willis Creek goes by way of some intriguing geology, but it is also a small bit rough, narrow, and windy. I’m not positive it would be a very good spot for a trailer or any sort of larger rig.

When I arrived at Willis Creek the camping spot I was hoping to get had two substantial trailers in there, and I wondered how on earth they got in, and how would they get out. Thankfully for me, they appeared to be acquiring prepared to leave, so I waited for them and then snagged the only dispersed camping web page right here. I enjoy this spot due to the fact the slot canyon begins to take shape proper at the trailhead, and there is nothing at all much more enjoyable than acquiring up in the morning, creating a cup of tea and walking more than to the major of the slot and listening to the water trickle by way of the sandstone. There are tiny waterfalls and pools, and I Really like it. I hiked down Willis Creek the subsequent day and then stayed there the second evening. I was the only one particular there overnight, and it was a bit like getting my personal individual retreat.

Above ~ Some shots from Willis Creek

Under ~ Obtaining a beer just after the hike in my personal private retreat, and a campfire on my initially evening there.

I’m hoping to make a video of some of the above hikes in the close to future, which I will share on my YouTube Channel. Please subscribe and ring my bell, so that you do not miss any of my hikes, travels, and adventures on the road. Right here is the hyperlink: A Nomad for Nature ~ YouTube Channel

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