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Easter | Sunday, April 16, 2017

Morning view from the rim of Lower Sevenmile Canyon just outside of Arches National Park.

This year for Easter I decided to head towards Moab for a day hike. I usually try to avoid the Moab area during Easter Jeep Safari week, but I figured that most people would be on their way out of town today and I was planning on hiking somewhere that doesn’t see a lot of traffic anyway. My suspicions were confirmed as I was driving south from Crescent Junction shortly after sunrise and saw a line of vehicles leaving town. This morning I would be hiking down Lower Sevenmile Canyon and into Arches National Park where I could also explore part of Upper Courthouse Wash. I’ve wanted to explore this area for a while and was hoping I’d be able to find some rock art, too.

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Easter Weekend | Saturday & Sunday, March 26-27, 2016

The unique Wahweap Hoodoos at sunrise on Easter Sunday.

After spending Friday wandering around Coyote Buttes North, I returned to my camp near the Utah-Arizona state line in Coyote Valley to spend another night there. I slept in a little later on Saturday morning and didn’t crawl out of my tent until the sun came up. I would be spending the rest of the weekend circumnavigating the Paria Plateau and exploring some new areas along the way. After packing up camp, I returned north to the Buckskin Gulch Trailhead and hiked down the wash to explore the edge of the West Clark Bench (The Dive). Diane and I had explored part of this area on a hike from Wire Pass at the end of 2014 and I wanted to check out some more of the area this morning.

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Easter | Sunday, April 20, 2014

My original plan for Easter Sunday was to hike and explore Sieber Canyon. Unfortunately, this road closed sign across Bs Road changed those plans when I tried to reach the trailhead first thing in the morning.

Change of Plans by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

With no backup plan I decided to drive over to the upper Liberty Cap trailhead, since it was not too far away, to finally hike to Otto’s Bathtub on Monument Mesa. When I arrived at the parking lot there was only one other vehicle parked there.  I wouldn’t see anyone else on the trail all day until I was almost back to my Jeep, which is when I passed many groups of hikers heading towards Liberty Cap. When I returned to the parking lot it was completely full. I was glad I got my usual early start and had plenty of solitude on the hike. The upper Liberty Cap trail follows an old closed road and is not my favorite place to hike, but the scenery around Otto’s Bathtub made up for the first part of the hike. This is an area I am definitely going to have to return to in better light. While this area is referred to as Otto’s Bathtub, in my opinion the scenery and arches around here are a much better reason to visit than seeing just that one feature.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

For Easter, Amanda and I spent our day exploring some new trails east of Moab that we had not been on before. Our first destination was the short but very scenic South Fork of Sevenmile Canyon.

Much of this trail was in a sandy wash

The further up the canyon we went, the rockier and narrower the trail got

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