Today is our last day in the Lake Powell area, so despite the chance of showers (10%) we decided to head west for a short hike to see another arch. After driving about twelve miles west we parked the Jeep along the edge of Rte. 89 (plenty of room to get off the road) and climbed down into the wash. About half of the time on this hike you are on soft sand, making for some difficult walking.
In some spots we were able to get up out of the sand and walk on slickrock along the banks of the wash (much easier walking).
At times the entire wash was on slickrock.
A few times we came to what is called a pouroff, where there would be a water fall if the steam was running. We climbed up some of them, but a few were just too high, even for highly skilled climbers like us!
So for these pouroffs, it was a climb up and around.
After about two miles we turned west into a smaller wash. Keen trackers like us are able to spot well hidden turns like this one. But the rock formation pictured below was available for less skilled hikers.
Finally, we began our final climb to the arch. As the picture below shows, the clouds were getting a bit darker and we could hear a little thunder in the distance.
But we kept going and soon the Birthday Arch came into view.
After a brief stop for lunch, we began the climb back down to the wash. At times things got a little tight on the trail.
Then things got a little steep.
But the nimble hiker and her trusted guide made use of all their physical attributes to safely complete their descent.
We continued back down the wash, with a cloud cover and a few raindrops encouraging a steady pace. Along the way we were able to see some nice desert flowers in bloom.
So that ends our stay next to beautiful Lake Powell. This stop wasn’t on our travelling agenda, but we added it after seeing pictures on Sue and Dave’s blog, Beluga’s Excellent Adventure. And we’re sure glad we did as this area is very beautiful, with lots to see and do.
But tomorrow is moving day and we’re off to visit the metropolis of Bluff, UT. Maybe all 270 residents will be out to meet us when we arrive! More on that later . . .