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gg 2005 days 3-5

Grand Gulch 2005: Days 3 - 5

Day 3: Bullet Canyon to Pouroff Pool
Green Mask Pictograph Panel
Split Level Ruin.

Day 4: Pouroff Pool to Kane Canyon
Turkey Pen Ruin/Junction Ruin.

Lunchbreak in Gulch Above Sheiks Canyon

Photos titles ending in "b" are by Bill; in "r" by Roger;and, in "a" by Allison.

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Date(s): March 2005. Album by Cascade Bill. Photos by Bill & Roger. 1 - 209 of 209 Total. 4374 Visits.
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Shelby - we spent our second night at the confluence of Bullet Canyon and Grand Gulch.  Camps here are hard to come by because of the number of parties.

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Eric - you can see it was a cold morning.  There was a rain shower just before we got up.

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Dan

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Dan & Bill

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Shelby

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A few laughs despite the cloudy skies and cold morning.

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Allison

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Drying the gear as much as we can before we head out.

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General mayhem of the camp - note the color of the water in the jugs.

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Feet - note the mud.

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More feet.

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Even more.

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Roger's pack.

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Dishwater is ready.

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Packing up to the accompanment of the concertina.

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As we are packing up, Shelby entertains us on the concertina.

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Danny - looking for a CD for the trail.

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Eric - Danny you should get an Ipod.

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Tree limbs and Canyon walls at the confluence - Roger's art photos to follow:

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Impressionistic photo by Roger.

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Trees - by Roger

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Branches - Roger.

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More Branches - Roger.

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This is the confluence: Bullet on the Left and the Gulch on the right. Our camp was just to the left of the photo.

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Heading up GG above Bullet - I was following a trail (the wrong one apparently) when I stepped on a low branch that broke and before I knew it I was rolling down the bank and ended up in the creek.  Luckilly, I was able to extricate myself from the mud with only wet clothes and bruised dignity.

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Eric - "Stairsteps" in the slickrock just below Green Mask Canyon.

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Eric

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This section of slick rock was the only place where there was no flow in the wash.  This is a very scenic section just below Green Mask (Sheik's) Canyon.

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Allison and Eric: Nice wide spot in the canyon at the junction of Green Mask Canyon with GG.  Several nice camp spots here (Water available at Green Mask Spring).

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Eric climbing up to view the Green Mask Panel

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Pictographs at Green Mask Panel

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Unusual style of figures at the Green Mask Panel - don't know what happened to the heads of these female figures.

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Note figure of woman giving birth at left.

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Eric at panel.

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Another view of Eric

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Allison at an unusual pictograph at fire blackened rock.

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Eric - looking up Shiek's Canyon.

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Bill - exploring Green Mask pictograph panel.

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View of old pictographs at the Green Mask panel - note that the rock face has fallen down after the panel figures were made.

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These very old pictographs are much less complicated than the later Basketmaker ones.  Note that a large portion of the wall below these pictographs had collapsed after the pictographs were made.  There is no way to access this rock face now as it is 25-30 feet above the canyon floor.

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These later figures are below those in the previous picture - note the stylish headdresses and turkeys  - at this point I ran out of film (same as in 2002) and I didn't get a photo of the Green Mask for which this panel is named.

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Green Mask - Zoom in for best view.  This pictograph is very high and not approachable.

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After the first couple of days, the travelling is much easier above the Bullet/GG junction - although there was still water in the wash, but for the most part the wider canyon and heavier traffic provided more developed foottrails which were much easier going.

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Interesting Hoodoo.

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Roger - at slickrock section of canyon.

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While we were taking a break Roger took the following series of artistic photos.

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Wood Sculpture by Mother Nature.

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Wood Sculpture by Mother Nature.

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Shelby at break - the sun came out for a little while but the rain clouds were soon gathering.

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We took our break here.I think this was near Coyote Canyon .

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Roger's Pack.

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Roger's pack in full lawn chair extended mode.

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Another view.

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A small pouroff - the clouds were gathering.

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This is a very scenic stretch of the canyon.

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Alcove where we had lunch.

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The rain finally came and we donned our raingear and took shelter under this alcove for lunch.  About five minutes after the heaviest of the rain the sun came out and the sky cleared.  There was a small cascade of water running off the top of the alcove that made a beautiful rainbow as the drops broke up on their way down.

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Roger, Danny, and Eric playing cards at lunch.

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These ruins are on top of a large overhanging alcove.  There didn't appear any way to access them.

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There was still water flowing in the wash - very beautiful scene.

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Another beautiful scene.

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Split Level Ruin - note ruins on upper ledge which looked completely inaccessible.

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Split Level Ruin.

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View of ruins on upper ledge.

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Eric at Split Level Ruin.

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Small ruin part of Split Level complex.

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Allison at Split Level Ruin.

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Allison

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Interior view of small ruin.

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Another view of the floor of the small ruin.

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Another small ruin in the Split Level complex - note roof construction supporting upper masonry.

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Another Ruin - probably a granary- with stone for sealing opening.

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Main Split Level Ruin: notice floor construction as well as combination of stone masonry with stick and mud daubed over branch construction.  This must have been an interior wall at one time.

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Close up of Split Level Ruin.

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Split Level Ruin.

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Floor (or roof?) construction showing wood supports and thatch supporting layer of sand.

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End on view of floor construction at Split Level Ruin.

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View of Split Level Ruin - note different types of construction.

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Allison at Split Level Ruin.

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Another view of Interior wall shown previously.

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Fine masonry construction and integration of wood beams for roof support.

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Split Level Ruin - this area is roped off and entry into the ruin itself is prohibited.

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Yucca Plants - don't run into one as each leaf is tipped with a sharp spike.

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Ammo box with info on the Split Level Ruin.

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Pottery shards at Split Level ruin site.

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Roped off area at Split Level Ruin.

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You can go up to the rope but no further.

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Midden area at right is also roped off.

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Shelby in pines below Split Level Ruin.

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Clouds over the Gulch.

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Opposite canyon wall exhibits desert varnish.

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Ruin on high ledge between Split Level Ruin and the Pouroff.

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Close up of ruin.  Shelby climbed up here in 2002.

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Remains of ruin on high ledge.

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Shelby at lip of the Pouroff Pool - Look out Below

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Let 'er rip!

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Bombs away!

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Kasploosh!

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Shelby at lip of Pouroff Pool.

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Don't jump, Roger!

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Waterfall at Pouroff Pool

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Waterfall at Pouroff Pool

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Roger at Pouroff Pool.

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The water looks inviting but it's oh so cold after the sun has gone down.

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Close up of waterfall.

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Shelby at the Pouroff Pool.

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Shelby at Big Pouroff Pool.

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Shelby off on another adventure!

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Shelby atop the Pouroff Pool waterfall.

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Pouroff Pool

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Danny and Eric at Pouroff Pool.

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Allison

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Allison

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Eric and Allison

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Moon and clouds over our camp.

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Another shot of the moon and clouds over our camp.

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Eric and Allison doing dishes after dark.

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Eric at our camp.

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Shelby "entertains" us with a moonlight concertina sonata.

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Our camp in the pines the next morning.

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View from our camp.

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Eric Packing up

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Eric at our camp in the pines (junipers?)

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Eric

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Heading out - up the Gulch.

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Water still flowing in the Gulch.

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A nice Hoodoo below Todie Canyon.

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Like the prow of a great ocean liner this point marks the entrance of Todie Canyon on the right.

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Area at the mouth of Todie Canyon that was burned in a "toilet paper" fire some years ago.

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Another view near the mouth of Todie Canyon.

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Just up the Gulch from the mouth of Todie Canyon.

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Remains of burnt out cottonwoods near the mouth of Todie Canyon.

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Burnt out cottonwoods near mouth of Todie Canyon.

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More Burnt out cottonwoods near mouth of Todie Canyon.

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Flow in Gulch between Turkey Pen and Todie Canyon.

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Eric climbing bench.

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Pictograph Panel at big Alcove down canyon from Turkey Pen complex.

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Another pictograph panel - many stylized designs.

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Pictograph detail.

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These are the extensive ruins in this alcove.  I met a group of young Native Americans from Arizona who were on a backpacking trip.  They were waiting by the trail for their leader who was exploring the ruins.

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Close up of a ruin in this alcove - the roof has collapsed but you can get a good idea of the construction used.

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Natural Arch just down canyon from Turkey Pen Ruin.

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Shelby and Natural Arch.

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Close up of natural arch.

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Another view of Natural Arch.

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Extreme closeup of Natural Arch.

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After a bend at the Natural Arch and a squeeze through a narrow section, the Turkey Pen Ruin comes into view.

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Lower end of the Turkey Pen Complex - this is a huge alcove that ramps up around the bend in the canyon.

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View of floor/roof construction.

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Small ruin at the base of the Turkey Pen complex.  Note fire blackened walls

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Another view of small ruin - note stones for sealing entrances.

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Detail of small ruin - structure to the left has been removed.  Note difference in construction of inner and outer walls.

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Roof of small ruin.

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Roof of small ruin showing location of another interior wall.

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Inside view of small ruin showing interior wall.

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Another view inside small ruin showing another interior wall.

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More ruins as we go up the wide ramp of the ledge.

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Additional ruins.

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Another view.

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This room has been reduced to rubble - note fire blackened walls.

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Rubble remains of structure.

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Another interior wall.

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Pictographs above former structure.

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Lookiing up ramp to end of lower complex.

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Shelby climbing ledge above lower alcove.

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Rubble walls on ledge - note sign.

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This sign was not here in 2002 and climbing up to the upper level was permitted then.  There was a register tablet in an ammo can where visitors could comment on their visit.  One commenter stated that he had visited the area in the 1960's and that there used to be a lot of artifacts around the sites and there had been a lot of damage over the years.

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Structures on upper level - note entrance on right and "bridge" just to left of center.

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Close up of bridge - logs have been bound together with yucca rope.

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Above is the entrance opening for access to the upper level.

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This close up of the entrance shows why the BLM have closed the upper area - the more people use the projecting timbers for handholds could lead to collapse of the wall.

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Ruin on the upper level of the Turkey Pen complex.

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View of the upper level ruin.

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Roger's close up of the upper level ruins.

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pottery shards and other remnants.

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Pictographs at Turkey Pen.  The rock here had a lot of efflorescense so paintings were not as crisp as in other panels.

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More pictographs at Turkey Pen.

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Pictograph figure.

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Note mud daubs thrown on wall - some of these were way up on the wall.

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More pictographs.

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Another view of large pictograph panel.

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These figures have faded.

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These black hand prints were on the back wall of a structure. It looked like a bunch of people had been buried and were frantically clawing their way out.  Note charcoal residue on ground.

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The "Turkey Pen".  There is no evidence that it was in fact used as a "Turkey Pen" - it looks like a pen and there are turkey pictographs around; so naturally, it became the "Turkey Pen".

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Close up of the Turkey Pen construction.  Note lashing of branches together.  Not much of the mud "plaster" remains.

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Eric and Bill at the Turkey Pen.

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Allison's Turkey Impression.

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Gobble! Gobble!

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Eric's Turkey Impression or practicing "Friends, Romans, Countrymen - Lend me your ears!"

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Eric at the "Turkey Pen".

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Pictographs at Turkey Pen Alcove.

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View of the Gulch from the Turkey Pen alcove.  Note that the wash still has water in it.

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Eric and Allison taking a break just up canyon from the Turkey Pen.

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The Junction Ruin - these are the upper level of a large ruin complex.  It did not appear that this ledge was accessible without severe exposure.

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Another view of the upper ledge of the Junction Ruin.  The term "Junction" refers to the fact that the ruins are opposite the mouth of Kane Canyon as it meets the main Gulch canyon.

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There are two large Kivas located on the lower ledge of the Junction alcove.  The main support log for this one has been sawed off and placed in the kiva pit.  The roof has been completely removed.

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This is the second kiva.  The central support log is still in place.

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A granary at the northern edge of the lower ledge.

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looking up canyon from the Junction ruin ledge.

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I hiked up canyon and found this idyllic view.  In 2002 we had to go way up the canyon from the Junction to find a stagnant pools with water but in 2005 the wash had flowing water in it.

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Getting ready to head out - Kane Gulch is to the right of photo.

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Eric - ready to break camp.

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Danny

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Heading up Kane Gulch.

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Water flow in Kane Gulch.

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Trail goes through this notch near the top of the Kane Gulch trail.

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Another view of notch.

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Allison.

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Allison.

 
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