Noah’s Ark Trail

(Parowan UT)
I was checking on a free campground, that turned out to be a picnic area; no overnight camping allowed. But, it also included the trailhead for Noah’s Ark rock formation that resembled the ancient craft. So, I headed out for the challenge.

Noahs Ark Trail

Early part of Noah’s Ark Trail

And, challenging it was with an elevation gain of 1,000ft in just 1 mile. It didn’t seem too bad in the beginning as it went through the juniper and piñon trees. Gradually it got steeper and rockier, though. I found myself stopping in a shady spot more often than usual to rest.

Noahs Ark Trail

Trail with view of surrounding mountains

Noahs Ark Trail

Noah’s Ark from the Trail

Toward the end of the trail, there was a good viewpoint to see Noah’s Ark, and across the canyon. Getting up to the ark required another 1/4 mile on some loose gravel along a ledge. I decided against taking the risk.

Noahs Ark Trail

Toward Vermillion Castle

Vermillion Castle

Vermillion Castle from Below

A bonus was being able to see Vermillion Castle in the distance which had its own trail, thus eliminating an even longer trek I had considered. It was a decent hike, and I got some needed exercise. Then, a stop in town for a cool refreshment.

Camp: Dixie NF-Pass Creek Rd boondock
Scene: Trail, rock formations

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4 Responses to Noah’s Ark Trail

  1. Barney Ward August 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm #

    Thank you again for a great blog entry. I like that you are as careful as I am when out on trails.

    • Pleinguy August 25, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

      The older I get, the more careful I become. My capabilities are less than they once were. As some one said, one needs to know their limitations. Plus, I’m usually alone on a hike; so, a problem could become devastating.

  2. Richard Rousseau August 25, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

    The scenery is definitely beautiful; but, not something that you should be hiking by yourself. Even knowing your limitations can all change in an instant. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

    • Pleinguy August 25, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

      Yes, hiking alone is always risky. I try to pick trails that others are using. However, that is often not practical. If I had to have someone else along, 98% of my hiking would not occur.

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