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Month: July 2009

The 4th in the Elks

Independence Day
Saturday, July 4, 2009

Our original plan for today was to head on over Baxter Pass and explore the Book Cliffs. However, with all the rain we have been getting lately, the Uncompahgre trails were very muddy when I was up there yesterday and I’m sure the Book Cliffs would be the same. Plus, the Baxter Pass trail has some really nasty mud when it gets wet, so we decided to hold off on that one and wait until it dries out.

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Escalante Rim, Dry Mesa & East Creek

Friday, July 3, 2009

Yeah, I ended up spending some more time on the Uncompahgre Plateau today since I wanted to stick close to home.

I started out on Delta and made my way to Escalante Canyon on the Escalante Rim trail. From there I took the Dry Mesa trail up onto the Uncompahgre. When I reached Divide Road my plans were to explore some spur trails off of the main road, but it seems there has been a lot of rain up on the plateau lately because all of the trails were very muddy and slick. I decided to skip the exploring until it dries out up there again (maybe in the fall). On my way back home I explored a few short spurs along Highway 141 that went off towards East Creek.