Sunday, December 30, 2018
Well, here it is! Our 65th and final trip report of the year and our very last hike of 2018. When we woke up on Sunday morning I had no plans scheduled for the day but I did know that I wanted to get out hiking at least one last time this year, so I looked at some maps and settled on the Westwater Mesa Loop Trail in the Utah Rims area just west of Rabbit Valley. Since it was pretty cold out this morning Diane and I waited until the the afternoon when it warmed up into the low 30’s to start our short drive to Utah and start hiking. After getting off the interstate at the Westwater exit and then following the Kokopelli Trail for a short distance we parked at the edge of Westwater Mesa and started hiking. This trail is about 7.5 miles in length and pretty much follows the rim of the mesa most of the way with views over Bitter Creek, Westwater Creek and the Colorado River. It was a nice local hike to end the year with. Here’s to a great 2019!
Beginning the Westwater Mesa Loop Trail.
The trail follows the rim of the mesa for most of the hike.
Diane stops at an overlook of Bitter Creek.
The eastern edge of Westwater Mesa.
Diane hikes ahead of me was we follow the trail to the western rim of the mesa.
During the second half of our hike some nice clouds moved into the sky from over the Book Cliffs as we hiked above Westwater Creek.
Hiking through a little gap in the sandstone.
Following the trail back across the mesa to my Jeep on the other side.