Friday, July 3, 2009
Yeah, I ended up spending some more time on the Uncompahgre Plateau today since I wanted to stick close to home.
I started out on Delta and made my way to Escalante Canyon on the Escalante Rim trail. From there I took the Dry Mesa trail up onto the Uncompahgre. When I reached Divide Road my plans were to explore some spur trails off of the main road, but it seems there has been a lot of rain up on the plateau lately because all of the trails were very muddy and slick. I decided to skip the exploring until it dries out up there again (maybe in the fall). On my way back home I explored a few short spurs along Highway 141 that went off towards East Creek.
Some photos from the day…
Grand Mesa in the background on the Escalante Rim trail
Overlook of Dry Creek Escalante Fork
Headed down to Escalante Canyon
Made it to the Dry Mesa trail
There are some Ute petroglyphs along the trail, unfortunately they are severely vandalized….I was able to find a few of them in the mess, though…
Headed up onto Dry Mesa
Climbing higher onto the plateau
Rain in the distance and the La Sals
Point of Interest
East Creek area
Clouds on the hood
Before heading home I stopped to find a geocache