(nr Vernal UT)
A side trip into Donkey Flat, just north of Vernal, proved to be more challenging and rewarding than I expected.
Rocks, cliffs and gnarly trees are some of my favorite views; all of which were plentiful. The trail was not well marked, so I found myself going on whatever path took me to a good viewpoint. Some were meant for hiking and others for mountain biking.
A short hike, to see some of the red rock formations, turned into a long meander up and down several crossing trails. I was not really prepared for the distance or the fantastic scenery I encountered.
When I emerged from the trails, I found myself two miles away from Tardis and the original trailhead. I recognized the road as the one I drove in on. So, it was just a matter of walking back. Several cars passed me, but none stopped to offer a ride.
It was more of a workout than planned. However, the exercise probably did my body good, and experiencing the red rock back country surely enriched my spirit.
Site: BLM – Donkey Flat
Scene: Cliffs, ridges, trees, rocks
Beautiful photos – nice post
It was a marvelous area; but, one heck of a hike.
“Accidents” like this hike is why I like to always have too much water and food with me. That translated into a new day pack recently for better wandering abilities. Glad you are enjoying southern Utah. It is a magical place.
Good advice Barney. I think I learned my lesson on that hike.
The scenery and pictures were worth it, right?
In retrospect, absolutely worth it!
I just marvel at the rock formations you photographed. They are so interesting and I wonder just how they were formed – wind and rain probably.
The rock formations are likely due to erosion as you suggest. However, I don’t concern myself with the geology. I just love how they look.