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PostSun May 10, 2015 9:22 am 
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After some rest at Capitol Reef with short musings while stretching legs in varied terrain:

Sulphur Creek with the gang:

Sulphur Creek, Capitol Reef National Park, UT
Sulphur Creek, Capitol Reef National Park, UT
Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park

Fish Creek Cove rock art hunt:

The cove
The cove
Fish Cr waterfall
Fish Cr waterfall
waterfall closeup
waterfall closeup
Navaho sandstone buttes
Navaho sandstone buttes
The Cockscomb
The Cockscomb

Cohab Canyon sunset walk from campground:

Reef sunset
Reef sunset
Cohab Trail
Cohab Trail
Profile the Wingate
Profile the Wingate

The Dayhikes of Escalante:

I headed back down to the Escalante to do some day hikes from good roads should the forecasted weather bring wetting rains to the dirt road systems.

Escalante River/Deer Canyon 2 separate dayhikes
Escalante River/Deer Canyon 2 separate dayhikes

May 5:  Escalante River Trail upstream from Hwy 12 Trailhead.

Up the river trail to find some rock art, arches, and a key junction of a thing called the Bowington Route to be used on a later trip someday.

Escalante River
Escalante River
Escalante River wall
Escalante River wall
Escalante Natural Bridge
Escalante Natural Bridge
bridge up close
bridge up close
storm coming
storm coming
alcove shelter
alcove shelter
time to walk
time to walk
aster
aster
can't remember
can't remember
Navajo sandstone appears
Navajo sandstone appears

Up the Bowington Route towards the Boulder Mail Trail (a future loop) just a short distance.

Big Navajo walls
Big Navajo walls
Downcanyon on Bowington Route
Downcanyon on Bowington Route
beautiful
beautiful
domeland over Death Hollow
domeland over Death Hollow
Escalante cuts
Escalante cuts
Bowington Route views
Bowington Route views

Back down to the river and downstream.

valley floor, Escalante River
valley floor, Escalante River
Upper Escalante Canyon
Upper Escalante Canyon

May 6:

This day was a crosscountry jaunt from Hwy 12 at a place called Haymaker Bench.  From the bench I went through a divide and then down an unnamed canyon, known locally as Deer Canyon, to the Escalante and Phipps Wash before retruning the same way.

Descending from Haymaker Bench
Descending from Haymaker Bench
Claret Cup
Claret Cup
Deer canyon ahead
Deer canyon ahead
Escalante domes
Escalante domes
Layers of distant rock
Layers of distant rock
Leaving the Panel
Leaving the Panel
Could it go?
Could it go?

I was unclear if a route would go off the Deer Canyon Rim but I found a way through the Navajo sandstone onto Kayenta ledges and in.  Next was a side canyon visit to Bowington Arch.

No entry!
No entry!
That rib will go
That rib will go
Bowington Arch
Bowington Arch
Hoodoos are a surprise
Hoodoos are a surprise
vertical look at arch
vertical look at arch
Arch view
Arch view
yucca flower
yucca flower

After the arch I continued downcanyon.  It was surprisingly beautiful and dramatic.

Idyllic Canyon
Idyllic Canyon
Oasis
Oasis
Buttress walls
Buttress walls

After some less than dramatic scenery along the Escalante River, I returned and found much awesome rock art along the route.

Fine surprise of a canyon
Fine surprise of a canyon
side draw
side draw
slickrock and water
slickrock and water

I finished the day with a short slickrock scramble of an unnamed butte Pt 6160'.  The NW Ridge is pure moderate angle slickrock. Just because it is there, and it is visible from miles around.  Nice 360 degree views of the Escalante Country.

Time to head out
Time to head out
Looking back
Looking back
South view from Pt 6160'; The Escalante
South view from Pt 6160'; The Escalante
Boulder Creek area buttes
Boulder Creek area buttes
NW ridge slickrock walk
NW ridge slickrock walk

May 7:  Big Horn Canyon to Zebra Canyon.  More slot play.

Big Horn Canyon W. Fk upstream, Main Fork downstream
Big Horn Canyon W. Fk upstream, Main Fork downstream

This was a long day of 15 miles because of the unplanned, but worthwhile, sidetrip to Zebra Slot.  Starting at Ten Mile Flat on the Hole in the Rock Road it went like this:
1.5 miles down Harris Wash.
Up West Fork Bighorn Slot 3 miles.
Traverse to head of, and descend Main Big Horn Canyon back to Harris Wash. 4 miles
Down Harris Wash 2.5 miles to Zebra Slot.
Explore Zebra.
Return 4 miles up Harris Wash to car.

West Fork Bighorn:

Tight slots, some dryfalls to ascend in the slot, then multiple fun friction scrambles around five more dryfalls in the canyon.  I did harder scrambles but all had class 3 exits if backtracking a short distance.

Down Harris to cattle fence
Down Harris to cattle fence
Big Horn Forks junction
Big Horn Forks junction
wavvy
wavvy
W. Fk first
W. Fk first
Into slot going up W. Fk.
Into slot going up W. Fk.
W. Fk. Bighorn Slot
W. Fk. Bighorn Slot
tight
tight
Big Horn West Fork
Big Horn West Fork
dryfall to climb
dryfall to climb
fun step up
fun step up
secure place
secure place
Dryfall ahead, Grand Staircase-Escalante NM
Dryfall ahead, Grand Staircase-Escalante NM
Class 5 bypass
Class 5 bypass
Class 5 friction
Class 5 friction
W. Fk. Bighorn Canyon
W. Fk. Bighorn Canyon
stem the water
stem the water
W. Fork Bighorn Canyon
W. Fork Bighorn Canyon
bypass this, too
bypass this, too
bypass a third with steep friction
bypass a third with steep friction
looking at easy bypass options
looking at easy bypass options
a fourth!
a fourth!
a fifth dryfall!
a fifth dryfall!
bypass No. 5 with class 4
bypass No. 5 with class 4
Looking down (easier ramp further right)
Looking down (easier ramp further right)
Sixth and final bypass
Sixth and final bypass

Across the mesa and enter Main Fork Big Horn Canyon.  Descend it back to Harris Wash:

There's Main Fork Big Horn
There's Main Fork Big Horn
Find an enrty
Find an enrty
This goes!
This goes!
Sculpted rock
Sculpted rock
Very colorful Main Fork
Very colorful Main Fork
Doesn't go unfortunately
Doesn't go unfortunately
But easy bypassing
But easy bypassing
great lines
great lines
shallow Big Horn Canyon slot
shallow Big Horn Canyon slot
big view
big view
what a landscape
what a landscape
Big Horn Canyon
Big Horn Canyon

Down to Zebra Slot and the long slog back up Harris Wash:

Into Harris Wash
Into Harris Wash
Into Zebra slot
Into Zebra slot
Classic Zebra
Classic Zebra
The stripes
The stripes
Zebra Canyon
Zebra Canyon
Wet on this day (crotch high)
Wet on this day (crotch high)
Stem with barefeet
Stem with barefeet
the water waves
the water waves
Long Harris wash slog
Long Harris wash slog
Not happy with me!
Not happy with me!

The Badger was a pleasant surprise until I was hissed at and stepped toward before turning around and trotting off.

Rock Art found here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/23557848@N03/sets/72157652459779056

A samlpin':

petro-picto
petro-picto
headless
headless
outline
outline
Faded and clear
Faded and clear
much going on
much going on
long torso, spear?
long torso, spear?
Interesting design
Interesting design
peculiar figures
peculiar figures
horns and shield
horns and shield
Not sure if these are actually archaic or much younger.  They are 6" tall and have that elongated BCS form.  47 I think I counted in all.  Lesser visited canyon but obvious as one walks upstream has me doubting they are archaic.
Not sure if these are actually archaic or much younger.  They are 6" tall and have that elongated BCS form.  47 I think I counted in all.  Lesser visited canyon but obvious as one walks upstream has me doubting they are archaic.
bearpaws
bearpaws
strange
strange
must have had ladder pole
must have had ladder pole
awesome centipede?
awesome centipede?
Fremont warrior
Fremont warrior
sun and morphs
sun and morphs
elaborate necklace
elaborate necklace
strange black rays eminate
strange black rays eminate
fine hands
fine hands
holding hands
holding hands

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PostSun May 10, 2015 8:41 pm 
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Wow! I think I like the Escalante up there better! More slots, great views....
Think I missed a lot. It is prettier than the loop we did! Hope you enjoyed your peaceful saunterings John.
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PostMon May 11, 2015 6:46 am 
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Rainie Too! wrote:
Wow! I think I like the Escalante up there better! More slots, great views....
Think I missed a lot. It is prettier than the loop we did! Hope you enjoyed your peaceful saunterings John.

Goody!  I didn't really skip Red Breaks, I was saving it for us to finish.  Let's do it as part of a big loop in this middle Escalante country as part of next years trip!

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PostMon May 11, 2015 9:14 am 
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I think I like Bighorn better than Zebra....at least the color was better.Red breaks next year. up.gif  up.gif  up.gif
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PostMon May 11, 2015 1:06 pm 
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You've gotten some great slot canyon photos this year, John.  Funny that I had my first badger in the wild sighting (crossing the Burr Trail Road) just a couple days before you saw yours.
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PostFri May 15, 2015 8:37 am 
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Escalante River/Deer Canyon 2 separate dayhikes
Escalante River/Deer Canyon 2 separate dayhikes
Big Horn Canyon W. Fk upstream, Main Fork downstream
Big Horn Canyon W. Fk upstream, Main Fork downstream

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