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Hoodoo Trail

Sunday, November 4, 2018

For a change, Diane and I actually stayed home this weekend! It seems like it’s been a long time since I’ve done that! We went for a bike ride along the Colorado River on a new section of the Riverfront Trail on Saturday and then went on a hike on the Hoodoo Trail in the Little Book Cliffs on Sunday morning. Since rain was predicted for the early afternoon we got an early start so we would hopefully be finished with the hike by the time it arrived. I had hoped the nice clouds in the sky would stick around as we left home shortly after sunrise, but the sky quickly became completely overcast after we started hiking and stayed that way for the rest of the day. Since it was looking pretty gloomy out I didn’t end of taking very many photos, but I’ll share the ones I did take below. We did end up seeing two wild horses in the canyon, but they were too far away to get a photo of.

As we drove past Mount Garfield on our way to the trailhead located on the other side, the light was looking good so I had to pull over for a photo. It figures that this would be my best photo all day!

Mount Garfield

Ready to start hiking up the Hoodoo Trail.

Hoodoo Trail Sign

Following the trail along the bench above Coal Canyon.

Hoodoo Trail

This would be the last photo I took while the sun was still out. After this the sky became overcast and was pretty gloomy the rest of the day.

Last of the Light

As we passed through this area we noticed a lot of broken glass on the ground and then saw this little sign that stated there was a plane crash here in 2003 where all four passengers died.
Diane did a little searching and found this information about the Cessna A185F that crashed here.

2003 Plane Crash Site

Near the end of the trail we reached the three large hoodoos that give this trail its name.

Three Hoodoos

Just in case you weren’t sure what you were looking at!

Hoodoo Tree

After passing the hoodoos Diane waited for me while I climbed the 600 feet to the top of the ridge where this trail meets a couple of others. As I neared the top a had a good view of the backside of Mount Garfield on the other side of the canyon.

Back of Mount Garfield

Up at the intersection with the Spring Creek Trail and Ute Trail on the top of the mesa.

Trail Intersection

I walked over to the edge of the canyon for another look at Mount Garfield and I could see the snow-covered Sneffels Range on the horizon beyond the Grand Mesa.

Overlook View

A close look at some cacti along the trail.


After returning to my Jeep and starting the drive back to Cameo, Diane spotted this marker from 1916 a short distance from the road.


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