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Lower Fisher Creek in Cottonwood Canyon

Sunday, June 11, 2023

This morning I was looking for a shorter hike close to home and thought I would make my way back over to Gateway so I could hike along Fisher Creek into lower Cottonwood Canyon. Hiking into this canyon has been on my to-do list for way too long and my interest was rejuvenated yesterday as I floated past the mouth of Fisher Creek on the Dolores River, so I figured it was finally time to make it happen. I woke up early on Sunday morning and then drove west through Unaweep Canyon to Gateway for the second time this weekend.

As I drove through Unaweep Canyon I stopped for a photo of Thimble Rock since it was looking nice in the early morning light.

Thimble Rock

It was a lovely morning in Unaweep Canyon.

Unaweep Canyon Morning

I did get caught up in a Western Colorado traffic jam along the way…

Western Colorado Traffic Jam

After passing through Gateway I continued along the south side of the Dolores River until I reached the end of the road at Fisher Creek.

Leaving Gateway

I stopped for another look at the beginning of Stateline Rapid.

Stateline Rapid

Dolores River Road

Dolores River Road

Looking up to the point where the Dolores River Overlook is located at the mouth of Fisher Creek.

Dolores River Overlook

It was another beautiful morning as I started hiking up Cottonwood Canyon.

Cottonwood Canyon

Cottonwood Canyon View

This spire high up on the canyon wall reminded me of a T-Rex.

T-Rex Spire

I just love those big Wingate walls!

Canyon Notch

Fisher Creek Cliff

This was my turnaround point at the mouth of Thompson Canyon after I had hiked a couple of miles.

Thompson Canyon View

Just like everywhere else this year, there were quite a few wildflowers along the way.


Purple Flowers

Here’s a view from the mouth of Sevenmile Canyon.

Sevenmile Canyon

Hiking along Fisher Creek on the way back to the trailhead.

Fisher Creek

Boulder View

It was getting warm out when I returned back to my Jeep, so I decided to head home early and relax for the rest of the day instead of doing something else in the area. It has been a busy spring on the rivers, and I certainly could use the rest!

>> Fisher Creek Photo Gallery


  1. Fred Morris
    Fred Morris June 16, 2023

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. Seeing them has made me homesick for Utah since we now live in Mechanicsburg, PA.

  2. Randy Gerdes
    Randy Gerdes June 16, 2023

    You have consistently great photos and get to some wonderful places. I enjoy seeing them and appreciate you sharing them.

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