Donkey Flat

(nr Vernal UT)
A side trip into Donkey Flat, just north of Vernal, proved to be more challenging and rewarding than I expected.

Red rock mesa with scattered trees

Mesa at Donkey Flat

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.

Huge boulders together

Twin Boulders

Dead tree in front of cliff

Craggy Tree by Cliff

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.

Streaked cliff with trees

Striated Rock Formation

Tall round rock alone

Round Rock Formation

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.

Interesting cliff in front of clouds

Swirling Rock Formation

Slick rock incline

Rocky Slope

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

8 Responses to Donkey Flat

  1. J. RICHARD SECOR September 11, 2014 at 11:40 pm #

    Beautiful photos – nice post

    • Pleinguy September 11, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

      It was a marvelous area; but, one heck of a hike.

  2. Barney (The Old Fat Man) September 12, 2014 at 1:14 am #

    “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.

    • Pleinguy September 12, 2014 at 1:24 am #

      Good advice Barney. I think I learned my lesson on that hike.

  3. Dizzy-Dick September 12, 2014 at 2:57 am #

    The scenery and pictures were worth it, right?

    • Pleinguy September 12, 2014 at 3:01 am #

      In retrospect, absolutely worth it!

  4. Gypsy September 12, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    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.

    • Pleinguy September 12, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

      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.

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