Sunday, February 21, 2016
On Sunday morning I met up with Marty in Moab so we could hike into the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area to visit Pool Arch (also known as Teardrop Arch) and do a little more exploring in the area. We drove over to the mouth of Pritchett Canyon along the Colorado River and started hiking up the 4×4 road. We soon left the road and began to follow a narrow slot canyon that would take us pretty much straight to the arch. Much of the hiking was easy but there was one steep section near the beginning that was a bit trickier than I had expected. At first we were a little worried we wouldn’t be able to continue, but we managed to climb up it and carry on.
Nice light as we climbed up the narrow canyon into the Behind the Rocks area.
A view of Chimney Arch from the trail below.
After climbing up a few levels of the canyon we reached a steep slot to descend and were greeted at the bottom by Pool Arch.
Pool Arch reflected in the pool below.
A view from underneath the arch.
After taking a few photos of this impressive arch we climbed back up the slot we had just descended and did a little more exploring of the area.
Marty taking a short break after climbing back up from the arch.
While exploring the area we came across this small but nice petroglyph panel.
A different view.
I searched the canyon walls in this area for more rock art and only managed to find this other panel nearby.
Views of the head of the valley we were in.
Hiking back down through the narrow and steep slots.
Marty stops to take a photo.
The final crack we had to climb back down through. This was the trickiest section for us on the way up, but it wasn’t as bad on the way down.
Throughout the morning the sky above was clear and blue, but as we were nearing the end of our hike a few clouds moved in overhead.
Looking back up the side canyon we had just descended from it’s confluence with Pritchett Canyon.
On my drive back home I caught the sunset on Rabbit’s Ear Mesa over I-70 from the overpass in Rabbit Valley.