Saturday & Sunday, October 29-30, 2016
After taking last weekend off to stay home and relax a little, this weekend Diane and I headed deep into the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness on an overnight backpacking trip into Knowles Canyon. We were in search of a few rock art sites thought to be hidden in the canyon, but unfortunately we would come up empty handed locating any of those on this trip. Instead, we would find a beautiful canyon with plenty of solitude only 20 miles from home. It’s nice to know that this kind of solitude can easily be found such a short distance from our home. Here are a few photos from the weekend.
To reach the rim of Knowles Canyon, you first have to hike five miles from the trailhead mostly on an old road through the pinyon and juniper forest. It’s not the most exciting part of the hike, but there are a few views like this along the way.
Diane starts our descent into Knowles Canyon on the steep trail.
We may not have found any rock art on this trip, but we did spot a few arches along the way. I later found out that this one is known as Square Tower View Arch.
Another view from underneath with the sun peeking out from behind.
We did find this little ruin in the canyon, but I’m guessing it’s historic or newer.
Thanks to recent rain earlier in the week, there was a little bit of water to be found in the canyon.
A view down the canyon from the area we setup camp.
A nice spot to spend the night.
Knowles Canyon towers.
Diane spotted the following two arches as we explored a little further down the canyon.
There were a few cottonwoods in the canyon that were still displaying their fall colors.
After a very comfortable (and very quiet) night we woke up to a mostly overcast sky.
The sun did peek out from behind the clouds a few times, though.
Hiking back up the wash on our way out of the canyon.
There were some nice clouds over the canyon at times this morning.
Light on Square Tower.
Hiking back to the old road.
I liked the large sandstone spire sticking out of the side of this mesa.
Looking across the Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness to the Grand Valley and Book Cliffs.
The view up Twentyeight Hole Wash as we neared the trailhead again on Sunday afternoon.