Gold Star Canyon Loop

Thursday, March 27, 2014

After work this evening, Diane and I met up for another short hike in the Colorado National Monument. We started from the White Rocks trailhead and then hiked the steep trail beside Gold Star Canyon up onto the Precambrian Bench. We followed the trail towards Monument Canyon and then turned around when we reached Mushroom Rock. Next we followed a wash down into Monument Canyon and hiked back to White Rocks by circling around the Little Island. It was a nice evening hike. I don’t usually carry my camera on these short after-work hikes but the clouds in the sky were pretty nice from the passing storms so I decided to bring it with me. I’m glad I did!

The view across the Grand Valley as we hiked up the steep Gold Star Canyon trail.

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Shadows on the Book Cliffs across the valley.

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Great views on the Precambrian Bench.

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Virga over the Book Cliffs.

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The Little Island protrudes above the Precambrian Bench.

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Spotlight on The Island across Monument Canyon.

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Cloud shadows on Mount Garfield.

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View of East Entrance as we descend a wash into Monument Canyon.

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Nice light on the sandstone above as we hike back to the trailhead.

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