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