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2003 Escalante - Day 4
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Escalante Canyon, Utah
Day 4

Crossing the Escalante at the Mouth of 25 Mile Wash

Day 4: Camp 3 Near Neon Canyon to mouth of 25 Mile Wash
Heading out from our crap camp we visited a pictograph panel, made side trips to Neon and Ringtail canyons.

Troop 24 Kickass Trekkers: "The High Adventure Troop" Alumni Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker


Date(s): March 2003. Album by Cascade Bill. Photos by WHM. 1 - 64 of 64 Total. 186 Visits.
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Camp 3 is in the books - here Kyle is packing up.

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In their haste to find the campsite, Danny and Shelby had walked past this petroglyph panel which was a couple of hundred yards back up the trail from our camp.  Here kyle and Bill are looking at the panel.

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Shelby & Kyle.

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Roger, Kevin, Shelby, and Kyle.

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Petroglyphs - more "bearpaws" here.

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Kyle getting his shot.

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View of Panel.

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View of Panel - there had been some historical vandalism of this panel similar to the Choprock Canyon panel.

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These were on a boulder a tthe Panel site.

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Fiugres cut into a boulder at the site.

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Shelby getting a close up of a panel detail.

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Close up of Panel figure.

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Guys at the mouth of Neon Canyon - getting ready to head up the canyon to the Golden Cathedral.

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Near the mouth of Neon Canyon.  This is a beautiful canyon that culminates in the Golden Cathedral.  The close in walls, green vegeation, cottonwoods, boulders make it a very scenic sidetrip.

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Roger, Kevin, and Gary at the Golden Cathedral.

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Roger and Kevin - you can see the pool of water below the two circular openings worn into the dome above.

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Bill at the Golden Cathedral- this is a very special place.

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Stepping back a bit you can see how the canyon walls come together and over time worn the dome above the pool.

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The light streams through the openings in the ceiling.

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Roger

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Roger at the Golden Cathedral.

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Looking up through the roof openings.  it would really be something to see the water cascading down through these openings.

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Looking back down Neon Canyon from the Golden Cathedral - you make your way between the canyon wall and that house sized boulder.

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Kyle, Shelby, and Kevin - looking back up to the Golden Cathedral thourgh the opening between a house sized rock and the canyon wall.

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The morning light and shadows here show the magic of Neon Canyon.

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At the mouth of Neon Canyon after our side trip up to the Golden Cathedral -Getting ready to head down the river.

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Just beyond the mouth of Neon Canyon the trail goes across a wide bench and another petroglyph panel comes into view.

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Detail of Petroglyph Panel

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Petroglyphs

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Shelby - these vertical designs were eye catching.

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A series of bighorn sheep figures.

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A shortways downriver from Neon Canyon lies Ringtail canyon.  At its mouth you have to do some boulder hopping and climbing to get into the canyon.

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After climbing a bit, the canyon walls close in forming a slot .

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Once you get used to the mucky bottom of the slot it is a lot of fun - here Roger and Kevin going around a bend.

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Kyle and Shelby make their way up the slot.

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The chokestone in the bottom of the picture stopped my progress - I couldn't get under it and it looked too difficult to climb over so I took this picture of Shelby as he countiued up the slot.

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Looking back the way we had come.

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Kevin, Kyle, and Shelby going up Ringtail Canyon. (Enlarge Picture!)

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Shelby tries a little bridging.

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This is looking back at the entrance to the slot.

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After our side trip up Ringtail, we had lunch- Bill's shoes tell the tail of the slot - mud, mud, and more mud.

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Guys having lunch at the mouth of Ringtail Canyon - you can see the wash from Ringtail here.

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A little bit of trail here as we come to the end of a bench for another river crossing.

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Another "Double" crossing - at one of these we caught up to a group of college kids from California.  One of the kids asked Shelby where we were going. Shelby said he didn't know.  The kid replied, "Yeah, it's my first trip too."  Shelby said, "No, you don't understand - we've been doing this for 10 years.  None of us know where we are going - we just follow that old guy in the back" - About then I tumbled out of the brush and made the river crossing.  I kind of wondered why I got a lot of funny looks.

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Shelby say's the hell with climbing up on the bench I'm just going to hike down the river for a while. Below Ringtail canyon, the river has a lot more bends

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In the background is the mouth of Baker Canyon wihch comes in at a sharp bend in the Escalante. The trail climbs a bit above the river at this point.  Danny with his usual late start after a break has caught up to me at this point.

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Opposite the mouth of 25 mile Wash, we cross the river for the last time for that day - Here Gary and Roger are crossing.  The sun was sinking fast so we were looking for a camp site.

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We decided to camp on this sand bar just below the mouth of 25 mile wash - not a good place to camp if you are expecting flash floods.

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Bill clearing a space for his tent on the sand bar.  As you can see it got pretty cold when the sun went down so out comes the pile sweater and hat.

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No sweat for Danny - get out the book and the tape player.

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While we were setting up camp, a couple of strong wind gusts played havoc with our tents so Roger and Kyle went overboard guying there tent.

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Kyle in the general disorder of the camp.

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Another view of the tent guys.

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The canyon wall next to our camp was scalloped with these depresions made by  the everpresent wind.

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Kevin finds a catacomb to take a rest in.

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Roger and Kevin.

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Shelby - just hangin' around.

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Having desert - One of the problems with camping along the Escalante is that most camps have no sitting  logs.  We were lucky in this camp with this log. - Kevin, Bill, Gary, Kyle, and Shelby.  You can see the narrow mouth of 25 mile wash at top right (if you look carefully).

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Roger's photo project - get close ups of trip participants - This is Danny.

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Roger's Close up.

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Kyle

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Shelby

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Kevin

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Looking down river from our camp - The college group came by quite some time after we had pitched camp.  They finally found a camp aways downriver.  We never saw them again.

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