• Public Gallery  • Help  
• Join Now!  • Log In  • Feature Tour
 Cascade Bill (William Mooseker) | Home > Backpacking Trips > 2002 Backpacking Trips > 
Grand Gulch Utah 2002
Click Here

Grand Gulch Utah
March 2002

Day 1: Gov't Trail to Dripping Canyon
- Pollys Island/Big Man Panel/ Long House.
Day 2: Dripping Canyon to Bullet Canyon
- Quail Panel/ Two Story Ruin/ Totem Pole.
Day 3: Bullet Canyon to Pouroff Pool
- Green Mask Panel/ Split Level Ruin.
Day 4: Pouroff Pool to Kane Canyon junction
- Todie Canyon/ Turkey Pen Ruins
Day 5: Kane Gulch Junction to Kane G. Ranger Station

Beginning Descent into Gulch on the Gov't Trail

Click Here for 2000 Grand Gulch Trip for Additional Photos of Big Man Panel/ Quail Panel/ Two Story Ruin

Troop 24 "The High Adventure Troop" Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker


Date(s): March 2002. Album by Cascade Bill. Photos by WHM. 1 - 135 of 135 Total. 2964 Visits.
  Sign the Guestbook. There are no entries.
Start SlideshowTo order prints and photo-products: 1. Select photos. 2. Click Order. 3. Select products.Select images and click to download to your computerSend Email of Selected Photos 
Enlarge photo 1
enlarge 89KB, 800x540
1
Breaking Camp -
We got to the Gov't Trail trailhead late in the day, but early enough to consider starting out on the trail rather than camping at the trailhead.  The well defined trail petered out just as the light faded so that we couldn't see the cairns to go on, so we pitched our tents on the mesa top where dark found us.  I found a nice sandy spot to pitch my tent. Later that night we had a bunch of rain and snow and I found out why my nice sandy spot existed - it was a puddle and my tent bottom became a water bed.  Fortunately, Roger had pitched his tent on a slightly higher spot so I transferred my bag to his tent for the remainder of the night.


Enlarge photo 2
enlarge 99KB, 800x540
2
Steve and Braxton taking down their tent - Roger to right.  You can see the pools of water left in the depressions from the previous night's snow and rain.

Enlarge photo 3
enlarge 86KB, 540x800
3
Dan and Braxton - Although the sun was out, the morning air was quite chilly.

Enlarge photo 4
enlarge 95KB, 800x540
4
Starting out - with the morning sun we could see our route clearly (see cairn at right foreground).

Enlarge photo 5
enlarge 136KB, 540x800
5
At the lip of the canyon, we could see ruins high up on Polly's Island across the gulch.  We speculated as to how they ever got up there.

Enlarge photo 6
enlarge 114KB, 540x800
6
Polly's Island acorss the Gulch (at left) from the canyon rim before the Gov't Trail makes its descent.  The canyon at the center is the rincon around Polly's Island.

Enlarge photo 7
enlarge 135KB, 800x540
7
Roger, Shelby and Steve heading down the Gov't trail at the canyon rim.

Enlarge photo 8
enlarge 155KB, 540x800
8
Braxton and Dan (lower left) and Fred (center right) on the Gov't trail making it's way down into the Gulch.

Enlarge photo 9
enlarge 155KB, 540x800
9
Steve on trail down to Gulch - Canyon at upper center is man Gulch.  Polly's canyon come into the Gulch at right behind canyon wall at right.

Enlarge photo 10
enlarge 96KB, 540x800
10
Unnamed site near Polly's Island.

Enlarge photo 11
enlarge 109KB, 800x540
11
Fred, Dan, Braxton, and Steve - shooting the Bull near Polly's Island.

Enlarge photo 12
enlarge 58KB, 800x540
12
Faint petroglyphs near Polly's Island (enlarge picture to view)

Enlarge photo 13
enlarge 94KB, 800x540
13
Heading back to the Gulch from rincon canyon around Polly's Island.

Enlarge photo 14
enlarge 89KB, 800x580
14
A small granary up canyon from Polly's Canyon.

Enlarge photo 15
enlarge 120KB, 567x800
15
Going up the Wash above Polly's Canyon - there are few bench trails from Polly's Canyon to Step Canyon so most of the time you are in the wash.  Here the wet sand is pretty good footing but a lot of places have soft sand or fist sized cobbles that make for rougher going.

Enlarge photo 16
enlarge 89KB, 800x540
16
Famous Big Man Panel Pictograph - located on the right side (east) going up canyon quite a ways from Polly's Canyon.  Look for trails going up the hill as the panel is not visible from the wash. - For more Big man photos see 2000 trip:

Enlarge photo 17
enlarge 93KB, 800x540
17
More Big Man

Enlarge photo 18
enlarge 136KB, 540x800
18
Fred - Natural Arch (noted on topo map)  we missed this on our trip down canyon in 2000.  Easy to spot going up Canyon.

Enlarge photo 19
enlarge 101KB, 800x565
19
Pictogaphs on alcove near Natural Arch.  These are pretty exposed and have faded somewhat.

Enlarge photo 20
enlarge 78KB, 800x540
20
Pictograph details.

Enlarge photo 21
enlarge 89KB, 800x540
21
Pictograph details.

Enlarge photo 22
enlarge 102KB, 800x540
22
These large figures in yellow have faded quite a bit.  Their color is unusual.

Enlarge photo 23
enlarge 115KB, 800x540
23
Ruin near pictograph panel - note that a larger structure was to the right (carbon on walls from smoke) built in the stick plus mud method that was not as durable as the rock and mud mortar method.

Enlarge photo 24
enlarge 109KB, 540x800
24
Another view of Granary and ledge - note hiking stick at left for scale.

Enlarge photo 25
enlarge 104KB, 540x800
25
Pictograph Panel at Long House.

Enlarge photo 26
enlarge 116KB, 800x540
26
Hand prints at Long House.

Enlarge photo 27
enlarge 104KB, 540x800
27
Long house is situated in a large ovehanging alcove located on a bench above the wash.  The bench would have provided a good place to grow crops.

Enlarge photo 28
enlarge 144KB, 800x540
28
Looking down at the crew in the wash (L-R: Steve, Roger, Danny, Fred, Shelby, and Braxton) from the bench at Long House

Enlarge photo 29
enlarge 115KB, 540x800
29
Long House- from the bench.

Enlarge photo 30
enlarge 77KB, 800x527
30
Pictograph of Turkeys - along wash above Long House.

Enlarge photo 31
enlarge 80KB, 800x540
31
Numerous handprints along ledge above wash just adjacent to turkey pictographs.

Enlarge photo 32
enlarge 124KB, 540x800
32
Wash has undercut the walls here - you could see branchse and other debris wedged into the ceiling of the overhang.  It made you glad that you wouldn't be here if there were a flash flood.

Enlarge photo 33
enlarge 124KB, 540x800
33
Fred following the trail crossing a bench - steep up and down.

Enlarge photo 34
enlarge 137KB, 593x800
34
Going up the wash.

Enlarge photo 35
enlarge 123KB, 661x800
35
View from another bench - this is close to Step Canyon.

Enlarge photo 36
enlarge 122KB, 730x800
36
Fiogure from the Quail panel (Step Canyon).

Enlarge photo 37
enlarge 108KB, 800x540
37
More figures from the Quail Panel.

Enlarge photo 38
enlarge 97KB, 800x540
38
Quail Panel Figures - note figure holding staff.

Enlarge photo 39
enlarge 83KB, 800x540
39
More figures - note stylized headresses on the two yellow figures.  A lot of color in this panel.

Enlarge photo 40
enlarge 91KB, 800x551
40
The Quail for which the panel is named.

Enlarge photo 41
enlarge 86KB, 800x540
41
A lot of faded figures here.

Enlarge photo 42
enlarge 84KB, 800x540
42
More details.

Enlarge photo 43
enlarge 111KB, 800x540
43
Shaman's mask - at far end of the Quail panel this pictograph is the most unusual figure of all.  The panel is in a large alcove with no ruins.

Enlarge photo 44
enlarge 102KB, 800x540
44
Shelby in small cave in Step Canyon.

Enlarge photo 45
enlarge 109KB, 800x540
45
Ruins in small cave.

Enlarge photo 46
enlarge 86KB, 800x540
46
Ceiling details at small cave.

Enlarge photo 47
enlarge 114KB, 800x540
47
View looking up Step Canyon from small cave.

Enlarge photo 48
enlarge 153KB, 540x800
48
View of Two Story Ruin from wash.  The cliff here is impressive.

Enlarge photo 49
enlarge 114KB, 800x540
49
View of Two Story ruin from ledge - note defensive wall in foreground.  T.S. ruin is back further along the ledge.  You can see the entrance of Step Canyon beyond.

Enlarge photo 50
enlarge 110KB, 800x540
50
View of defensive wall - you either have to go over it or thru the door which could easilly be blocked up. A long drop awaits one who would try to go around the wall to the left.

Enlarge photo 51
enlarge 102KB, 800x540
51
Pictographs at Two Story Ruin.

Enlarge photo 52
enlarge 88KB, 800x540
52
More pictographs at Two Story Ruin.

Enlarge photo 53
enlarge 108KB, 540x800
53
Two Story Ruin.

Enlarge photo 54
enlarge 175KB, 577x800
54
The Totem Pole Hoodoo - and Fred!

Enlarge photo 55
enlarge 132KB, 580x800
55
Fred - Just a ways below the Bullet Canyon/ Grand Gulch confluence you go over a large bench with good views.

Enlarge photo 56
enlarge 114KB, 540x800
56
There is a small granary across the canyon (in shadow - use original size to see).  It would have been quite an effort to reach this structure.

Enlarge photo 57
enlarge 98KB, 540x800
57
View looking up Grand Gulch at the mouth of Bullet Canyon (to right).  The camp spots usually fill up.

Enlarge photo 58
enlarge 121KB, 540x800
58
Ruin in Grand Gulch above Bullet Canyon.  There is an upper level that is reached by going up a chimney (Shelby is making his way up in this photo).

Enlarge photo 59
enlarge 101KB, 800x540
59
Cascade Bill, Fred and Roger at ruin.  I made it up to here with a lot of effort ( and trepidation) but passed on the slot chimney up to the upper level.  In my youth, I always wanted to be Roy Rogers or Gene Autry but instead I turned into Gabby Hahes!

Enlarge photo 60
enlarge 129KB, 540x800
60
Roger.  Shelby and unidentified hiker at upper level of ruin.

Enlarge photo 61
enlarge 140KB, 540x800
61
Danny, Roger, and Shelby: Just below the junction of Shieks Canyon there is a series of Slickrock steps and pools - a very scenic part of the canyon.

Enlarge photo 62
enlarge 111KB, 800x540
62
View of very interesting pictograph that is part of the Green Mask Panel complex.  There is some info in an ammo box here that states that the heads of the figures have faded away over time but it looked to me that there wasn't anything there.

Enlarge photo 63
enlarge 103KB, 800x540
63
Adjacent figures on panel

Enlarge photo 64
enlarge 98KB, 800x540
64
Very interesting figure showing childbirth - note no heads again.

Enlarge photo 65
enlarge 134KB, 800x540
65
Ruin adjacent to panel shows these circular patterns placed on top of a blackened rock face (Shelby at right)

Enlarge photo 66
enlarge 76KB, 800x540
66
Very old pictographs far above existing floor - looks like a portion of the wall or ledge has collapsed.

Enlarge photo 67
enlarge 95KB, 800x540
67
More figures - note headresses and more turkeys/birds. (This was the last picture on the roll and I hadn't brought another - left my pack down at the junction of Shieks ) so I didn't get a photo of the Green Mask, which is impressive but high up and far away requiring a telephoto lens to get a good photo anyway.

Enlarge photo 68
enlarge 139KB, 800x540
68
I thought this might be another ruin, but I'm not so sure - in some places the rock breaks apart so that it appears as if it were a built up wall.

Enlarge photo 69
enlarge 96KB, 800x540
69
We met this family - Ron Morrow (editor and publisher of the Climbing Art) as they were taking a break.

Enlarge photo 70
enlarge 119KB, 540x800
70
Desert Varnish on the canyon walls.

Enlarge photo 71
enlarge 120KB, 540x800
71
The canyon twists and turns and is very scenic in this stretch.

Enlarge photo 72
enlarge 81KB, 800x552
72
We had lunch under this large alcove and found these stylized handprints.

Enlarge photo 73
enlarge 121KB, 800x540
73
More canyon walls.

Enlarge photo 74
enlarge 131KB, 800x577
74
We found an alcove with several ruins.

Enlarge photo 75
enlarge 110KB, 800x540
75
Roger and Shelby exploring ruins.

Enlarge photo 76
enlarge 120KB, 800x540
76
View of ruin.

Enlarge photo 77
enlarge 151KB, 540x800
77
View of Split Level Ruin from trail.

Enlarge photo 78
enlarge 125KB, 540x800
78
Split Level Ruin - This multi level ruin is very fragile and has been roped off, but you can get quite close as this photo illustrates.

Enlarge photo 79
enlarge 120KB, 800x540
79
Another view of Split Level Ruin.

Enlarge photo 80
enlarge 111KB, 540x800
80
Inaccessible Ruins on ledge in cliff above the Split Level Ruin.

Enlarge photo 81
enlarge 128KB, 540x800
81
Upper end of the Split Level alcove - note stakes marking roped off area.

Enlarge photo 82
enlarge 99KB, 800x540
82
Very dramatic view of Split Level Ruin.

Enlarge photo 83
enlarge 124KB, 540x800
83
Note combination of rock wall with mud applied to sticks method of construction here.

Enlarge photo 84
enlarge 121KB, 800x540
84
Notice roof construction here - you can see why they don't want a bunch of people walking all over it.

Enlarge photo 85
enlarge 91KB, 540x800
85
Ruin below the Pouroff Pool - I don't know how Shelby got up there but he did.

Enlarge photo 86
enlarge 123KB, 540x800
86

Enlarge photo 87
enlarge 112KB, 540x800
87
Hoodoo - between Pouroff Pool and Todie Canyon.

Enlarge photo 88
enlarge 130KB, 540x800
88
Ruins high up on Todie Canyon walls.

Enlarge photo 89
enlarge 134KB, 800x540
89
Roger and Shelby - near spring in Todie Canyon.  See Ruins on ledge above.

Enlarge photo 90
enlarge 132KB, 540x800
90
Cascade Bill at Todie Canyon ruin.

Enlarge photo 91
enlarge 139KB, 800x540
91
Todie Canyon ruin.

Enlarge photo 92
enlarge 128KB, 540x800
92
Canyon Wall at Todie Canyon.

Enlarge photo 93
enlarge 101KB, 800x540
93
Ruins in lower Todie Canyon.

Enlarge photo 94
enlarge 116KB, 540x800
94
Looking up Todie Canyon.

Enlarge photo 95
enlarge 93KB, 800x540
95
Petroglyph Panel in Todie Canyon.

Enlarge photo 96
enlarge 104KB, 800x540
96
Details of Petroglyph Panel in Todie Canyon.

Enlarge photo 97
enlarge 126KB, 800x540
97
Details of Petroglyph Panel in Todie Canyon.

Enlarge photo 98
enlarge 117KB, 800x540
98
Details of Petroglyph Panel in Todie Canyon.

Enlarge photo 99
enlarge 124KB, 540x800
99
Details of Petroglyph Panel in Todie Canyon.  Note birdlike head of stick figure - compare to Quail Panel figures.

Enlarge photo 100
enlarge 131KB, 540x800
100
Details of Petroglyph Panel in Todie Canyon: Bearpaw?  Snake or river?

Enlarge photo 101
enlarge 119KB, 540x800
101
Ledge- Todie Canyon : note possible remains of structure in foreground.

Enlarge photo 102
enlarge 123KB, 800x540
102
More Petroglyphs.

Enlarge photo 103
enlarge 119KB, 800x540
103
Another Petroglyph.

Enlarge photo 104
enlarge 100KB, 540x800
104
More circular spirals.

Enlarge photo 105
enlarge 98KB, 540x800
105
Ruin in Gulch above Todie Canyon.

Enlarge photo 106
enlarge 107KB, 540x800
106

Enlarge photo 107
enlarge 143KB, 571x800
107
Another ruin - Fred and Braxton.

Enlarge photo 108
enlarge 115KB, 800x540
108
Very Extensive ruins and petroglyphs in this alcove - Fred, Roger, and Shelby.

Enlarge photo 109
enlarge 135KB, 800x540
109
Collapsed roof.

Enlarge photo 110
enlarge 89KB, 540x800
110
Petroglyph with abstract figures and designs.

Enlarge photo 111
enlarge 85KB, 540x800
111
More Figures.

Enlarge photo 112
enlarge 82KB, 800x540
112
Very nice design

Enlarge photo 113
enlarge 85KB, 800x540
113
Note that figures are carved into the rock and then the grooves are painted.

Enlarge photo 114
enlarge 104KB, 540x800
114
More designs.

Enlarge photo 115
enlarge 118KB, 800x540
115
Another view of the ruins in this alcove.

Enlarge photo 116
enlarge 153KB, 800x540
116
Fred at Natural Arch near Turkey Pen Ruin.

Enlarge photo 117
enlarge 140KB, 800x540
117
Cascade Bill - natural arch.

Enlarge photo 118
enlarge 152KB, 566x800
118
Guys along trail - upper level of Turkey Pen Ruin is visible above.

Enlarge photo 119
enlarge 122KB, 800x540
119
Lower level of Turkey Pen ruin.

Enlarge photo 120
enlarge 112KB, 800x540
120
Fred investigating ruins at Turkey Pen - note difference in construction, and fire blackend wall at left showing where another structure has collapsed or been destroyed.

Enlarge photo 121
enlarge 104KB, 800x540
121
Figures at Turkey Pen Ruin.  Note how different these are from the previous panel at the alcove just down canyon.

Enlarge photo 122
enlarge 117KB, 800x540
122
The Turkey Pen - Fred.

Enlarge photo 123
enlarge 105KB, 800x540
123
Looking back to the lower levels of Turkey Pen - This alcove is on a ramp that climbs steadily up.

Enlarge photo 124
enlarge 115KB, 540x800
124
Looking at the end of the lower ramp.  The upper level is reached by going up through and opening in the wall where the logs are sticking up at right.  (You could go up to the upper level in 2002 but this was closed in 2005).  Also note log bridge to support wall.

Enlarge photo 125
enlarge 82KB, 540x800
125
Fred looking a grinding stone (metate) at Turkey Pen.

Enlarge photo 126
enlarge 111KB, 540x800
126
Close up of constructed bridge to support wall and floor of ledge - yucca ropes appear to be still in good condition after all these years.

Enlarge photo 127
enlarge 114KB, 540x800
127
Junction Ruins - we spent our last night at the junction of Kane Gulch canyon.  The Junction ruins  are quite extensive.  The accessible portions show a lot of wear and tear as well as poorly executed attempts to patch up the ruins.

Enlarge photo 128
enlarge 107KB, 800x540
128
Kiva showing central support beam - the roof has been completely removed here, but the extensive structure is revealed.  Note the fire blackened sides.  I don't think an asthmatic Anazazi would have lasted long.

Enlarge photo 129
enlarge 117KB, 540x800
129
Junction Ruins.

Enlarge photo 130
enlarge 93KB, 540x800
130
Well preserved granary.

Enlarge photo 131
enlarge 95KB, 800x540
131
Handprints at Junction Ruin.

Enlarge photo 132
enlarge 107KB, 800x540
132
Another view of Kiva ruin.

Enlarge photo 133
enlarge 89KB, 800x540
133
There are two Kivas here - in this one the central log has been sawed off an left in the pit.

Enlarge photo 134
enlarge 87KB, 800x540
134
Metate at Junction ruin.

Enlarge photo 135
enlarge 88KB, 800x540
135
More Junction Ruins.

 
 Select All.  
 
Album Properties. Email Album. Send Invitation. Add to Website. Share URL