OK, let’s finish up on our stay in Moab.
This hike begins from the parking area for the Poison Spider Jeep road (and some dinosaur tracks) along Potash Road on the north side of the Colorado River. This is a nice hike of about 2.5 miles roundtrip that goes steeply up at the beginning, then levels out as you go up into a canyon.
One of our favorite hikes inside Arches NP is to the Tower Arch in Klondike Bluffs. This hike is only about three miles round trip but it is all up and down with a stretch of deep sand to slog through.
As you near Tower Arch you pass a smaller arch called Parallel Arch. We’ve watched many hikers walk right past this neat little arch unaware of its existence.
About ten miles out Potash Road, just beyond the Gold Bar Campground parking area, is a small parking area on the north side of the road. This is the trailhead for the Jeep Arch Trail, a hike of about 4.5 miles roundtrip. The trail begins by going through a large drainage tunnel that goes under some railroad tracks.
Just past the tunnel is a sign pointing the way to the trail.
This hike can be done as a lollipop, as you hike about two miles straight out, then take a loop around the arch, and return on the same trail. We hiked the loop in a clockwise direction.
On a return hike Cody often runs ahead to find some shade. As we approached the tunnel he ran ahead so far we couldn’t see him. But we knew where we would find him.
Once back to the car we drove out UT-313 a couple of miles to check out some art work along the road.
One day it was a bit windy and cold for hiking so we drove up into Canyonlands NP and took the Shaffer Road back down.
Near the end of the Shaffer Road we passed the evaporation ponds operated by Intrepid Potash. They mine potassium by dissolving it in water, pumping the mixture up into the ponds, and letting the water evaporate leaving white potassium that is transported out of the area by train.
Our last hike in Moab was a new one for us (all the above hikes can be found in detail in older posts). The hike up to the Portal Overlook begins in the Jaycee Campground on Potash Road. The 3.3 mile round trip hike takes you steeply up the side of a high cliff wall for 900 ft of elevation gain.
As we gained in elevation some great views of the La Sal Mountains came into view.
Below us we could see our motorhome sitting in Portal RV Resort.
The trail continues from the overlook and eventually leads up on top of the high mesa. Just a few feet beyond the overlook it narrows a bit and runs right along a steep cliff. A sign warns bike riders to dismount, rather than taking a chance and riding over a large rock on the narrow trail.
Looking at the photo below you can see Kane Spring Road across the Colorado River. Look closely and you can see two vehicles on the road. Both are long RV trailers! Better not fall off your bike here!
That concludes our two week stay in Moab. David, Karen, and Cody left Sunday and headed east into Colorado. We left on Monday morning headed north for a couple of days in southern Idaho.
More on that later . . .