In our previous blog we told you about the first half of our adventure on the Upper Muley Twist Canyon Trail. We now re-join the saga as we make a turn to the east and head up a steep canyon to the top of the Waterpocket Fold. There we will find the Rim Trail that will lead us back to the south.
The half mile hike up to the Rim Trail is steep and rocky. But the trail is well marked and the footing is good so you feel secure.
At one point near the top we came upon an area with a number of Indian Paintbrush plants. The spot must have had a good combination of elevation and soil as we hadn’t seen any of these plants before this and didn’t see any further up the trail.
At last, in the distance we could see a lonely sign on the hilltop telling us we were approaching the end of the climb!
We were now on top of the Waterpocket Fold. The wide views to the east were impressive.
The Notom/Bullfrog Basin Road we drove down to get to the trailhead is in the center of the valley in the photos above and below.
Following a brief stop for lunch we headed back to the south, hiking over a wide area of slickrock following the cairns that mark the best path.
After a short, easy walk over the slickrock for less than a mile the trail drops down into the first of two fairly deep notches in the Waterpocked Fold.
After dropping down into this notch, it’s a pretty steep climb back up on the open slickrock.
A bit further down the rim we came to the second notch, this one a bit deeper than the first.
Of course, a deeper trail down means a steeper trail back up. But as with the first notch, the slickrock provides solid footing, although after over seven miles of rough hiking the legs aren’t too happy with these climbs!
The trail then continues south along the top of the rim, sometimes on rough trail and other times on slickrock.
As we approached the lower end of the rim route, we found the sign directing us right (west) to the route that drops back down to the canyon bottom. The rim is fairly wide in this area and it’s easy to miss the route down if you aren’t watching for cairns. Once back in the canyon bottom, we retrace our route 1.7 miles down the wash to the parking area tired but pleased to have completed this great hike. Thanks to Andrew and his blog Live and Let Hike for some great information on this trail and others in the area!