From 2011/03/21 to 2011/03/27

-- From Bryce Canyon to Halls Crossing

 

 

 

 

The road tracklog 
from Bryce Canyon to Halls Crossing
from 2011/03/21 to 2011/03/27 

USA's National Parks

This map shows the main parks of my trip: Grand Staircase, Capital Reef, Natural Bridges, Valley Monument, Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Mesa Verde, Canyonlands and Arches.
 

Monday March 21 before leaving Bryce Canyon I made a long stop at the Visitor Center to use an Internet WiFi connection. I hold a Skype meeting with my brother, back bases in Draguignan, to look for a Glow Plug for the Webasto diesel cooker X100. Then I posted some emails in USA to know the Webasto product dealers in the area of Salt Lake City, to follow. The experiment shows that I never have the spare part which I need. On the move gusts of snow darkened the visibility making my progression difficult.

 

 

 

En route 
Hwy 12 
21/03/2011 

Grand Staircase

By heading down to Escalante in Grand Staircase the snow falls ceased, but in the Visitor Center the weekly weather forecasting was hardly encouraging.

 
Hazardous Weather Outlook
Escalante Visitor Center 
21/03/2011 

 

Around midday I observed a Recreational Area of the Bureau of Land Management BLM at the edge of a sympathetic river, I stopped there to lunch then finally to bivouac.

 

 

 

 

 

Trail map  
Calf Creek Falls 
21/03/2011 

At the beginning of the afternoon I undertook the suggested walk, a trip on line of 6 miles on a not very broken sandy ground. But by putting my walking shoes I have the unpleasant surprise to discover that the Vibram soles were separated. They were bought Au Vieux" in Paris before leaving France, there are Meindl made in, the name is enough to know the nationality of the manufacturer.

 

 

 

Guy's walking shoes 
Calf Creek Falls 
21/03/2011 

During my progression the weather was dubious, but without rain. The cliffs were of various colors according to the chemical composition of the rock. The water falls at the terminus of the walk were splendid. I went back to the campground by limping with my patched up shoes.

 

 

 

Landscape, cliff 
Calf Creek Falls 
21/03/2011 

 

 

 

Lower Calf Creek Falls 
Calf Creek Falls 
21/03/2011 

At Boulder I left the Hwy 12 to drove the Burr Trail Road towards Capitol Reef NP. The highlight of the day was the crossing of the Long Canyon worthy of a ambush according to the good tradition of the Spaghetti Westerns. Colors were extraordinary under the sporadic rays of the sun.

 

 

 

Long Canyon 
Burr Trail Road 
22/03/2011 

 

 

 

Long Canyon 
Burr Trail Road 
22/03/2011 

 

 

 

Long Canyon 
Burr Trail Road 
22/03/2011 

 

 

 

En route 
Burr Trail Road 
22/03/2011 

 

 

 

En route 
Burr Trail Road 
22/03/2011 

At the exit of the canyon the view on cliffs of Capitol Reef NP was an enchantment with at the back the snow-capped mountains under clouds heralding falls of snow. I lunched on a picnic area at Burr Trail Switchbacks before returning towards Boulder.

 

 

 

En route 
Burr Trail Road 
22/03/2011 

 

 

 

Capitol Reef 
Burr Trail Road 
22/03/2011 

Capitol Reef

During the night the temperature had fallen to - 5C, the roof of my truck was covered by white frost crystals. I waited until the sun heats the atmosphere to leave around 10 a.m. The road towards Capitol Reef, Hwy 24, climbed up to 2880 meters, the roadway was icy. Then it went down brutally to 1660 meters GPS towards Fruita where local sights are, Visitor Center and the campground. Along the Hwy many tracks to lookout were closed because of snow. The tourist season begins end of April.

 

 

 

2880m 
Hwy 24 
23/03/2011 

 

 

 

Icy road 
Hwy 24 
23/03/2011 

 

 

 

Capitol Reef 
Hwy 24 
23/03/2011 

 

 

 

Landscape 
Hwy 24 
23/03/2011 

 

 

 

The Castle 
Hwy 24 
23/03/2011 

In the early afternoon I went for a small walk of two miles round trip to see a sumptuous stone bridge, Hickman Bridge, dug by water streaming during million years.

 

 

 

Hickman Bridge 
Hwy 24 
23/03/2011 

Hopi people engraved on cliff some Petroglyphs. I bivouacked at Fruita knowing that the weather forecast for the following days were in line with those from Escalante, to follow.

 

 

 

Petroglyphs 
Hwy 24 
23/03/2011 

 

 

 

Deer? 
Hwy 24 
23/03/2011 

Most of the next day was devoted to a long walking of more than 15 km GPS round trip in less than five hours to look at sumptuous landscapes in Capitol Reef NP and on arrival the dramatic Cassidy Arch. The weather forecasting by the Visitor Center was however not favorable. Indeed at daybreak a snow fall occurred temporarily. The progression was a true play of track from rock cairn to rock cairn, I was twice in difficulty to find it. I was alone on the trail, no alive soul, alone in the immensity with the only noise of wind and of rock cracking by temperature, a true pleasure.

 

 

 

Trekking to Cassidy Arch 
Ranger Map 
24/03/2011 

 

 

 

GPS tracklog 
Trekking Cassidy Arch 
24/03/2011 

 

 

 

 
Cassidy Arch 
24/03/2011 

The various layers of sedimentation are perfectly visible. Geological sculptures along the track teach the process of erosion according to the hardness of the rocks. The last picture shows a rock at the top of a pylon whose base is friable; in a few millennia the fall will be inevitable in a great crash, a true geological lecture in situ.

 

 

 

 
Geological Feature
Cohab Canyon 
24/03/2011 

 

 

 

Geological Feature 
Frying Pan Trail 
24/03/2011 

 

 

 

Geological Feature 
Frying Pan Trail 
24/03/2011 

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

A short driving day to enter Glen Canyon NRA. Hwy 24 left Capitol Reef NP without glare. On the other hand the entry in Glen Canyon was very colored with huge geological structures carved by millionaire erosion. Deep canyons were cut by streaming water. Weather being dubious I stopped in Hite not far from Colorado River at the foot of ocher cliffs. The wind was violent.

 

 

 

Geological Feature 
Hwy 95 
25/03/2011 

 

 

 

Dirty River 
Hwy 95 
25/03/2011 

 

 

 

Geological Feature 
Hwy 95 
25/03/2011 

 

 

 

Colorado River 
Hwy 95 
25/03/2011 

 

 

 

Colorado River 
Hwy 95 
25/03/2011 

 

 

 

Geological Feature 
Hwy 95 
25/03/2011 

The day of Saturday March 26 was announced with a covered sky, it was it and it snowed in Natural Bridges as of 16:30 at the altitude of 1966 meters GPS. On the way on Hwy 95 information panels gave names to more or less characteristic geological structures.

 

 

 

Jacob's Chair 
Hwy 95 
26/03/2011 

 

 

 

Cheese Box Butte 
Hwy 95 
26/03/2011 

I made a diversion into Fry Canyon to have lunch. The landscape was majestic in spite of a little of luminosity.

 

 

 

Geological Feature 
Fry Canyon 
26/03/2011 

 

 

 

Landscape 
Fry Canyon 
26/03/2011 

Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural Bridges National Monument has three natural bridges dug by the torrents. Under a cliff in a large alcove ruins of a settlement of the ancestors of modern Puebloan.

 

 

 

Sipapu Bridge 
Natural Bridges 
26/03/2011 

 

 

 

Landscape 
Natural Bridges 
26/03/2011 

 

 

 

Kachina Bridge 
Natural Bridges 
26/03/2011 

 

 

 

Owachomo Bridge 
Natural Bridges 
26/03/2011 

Glen Canyon-Lake Powell

Sunday morning the roof of my truck was covered with ice, the temperature was under 0C after the snow falls during the day before. I decided to head to Halls Crossing in the hope to find a Internet connection. On the way landscapes were always also beautiful with colors varying from  red to ocher according to the incidence of the sun rays  which were this morning very seldom. The sky seemed to want to be clear about midday. Halls Crossing in this season was deserted, nobody in the campground, the ferry for Bullfrog was closed and the Marina inactive. What a loneliness!

 

 

 

Landscape 
Glen Canyon 
27/03/2011 

 

 

 

Lake Powell 
Glen Canyon 
27/03/2011 


Halls Crossing, le 2011/03/27

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