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.
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.
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.
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