Continuing on down Grand Gulch from Step Canyon, the going got a little easier than the death march of the previous day. Highlights of the day included exploring the Long House ruin, as well as the Big Man and Dead Spar Knoll pictograph panels.
Our fourth camp was at Polly's Canyon in a grove of giant cottonwoods. Unlike the previous camp, there was a large pool of water at the mouth of Polly's. Mileage for the day was 6.7 miles.
Note photo takers are given in the titles under the thumbnails.
Kickass Trekkers on this trip were: Bill Mooseker, Shelby Stong, Mike Stong, Madison Stong, Fred Stong, and Cindy Stong.
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Troop 24 Kickass Trekkers Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker
Date(s): May 11. Album by Cascade Bill. 1 - 160 of 160 Total. 0 Visits.
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enlarge 208KB, 768x1024 2 2016-05-11 05-36-54 mike DSCF4450 Good Morning, Fred!
enlarge 132KB, 1024x768 3 2016-05-11 05-40-22 mike DSCF4454 Tent caterpillar - They love the cottonwoods. Back in 2007, there were so many caterpillars that it sounded like someone was dumping sand from the top of the trees.
enlarge 193KB, 1024x768 4 2016-05-11 07-15-04 mike DSCF4455 Madison's Grand Gulch Hat
enlarge 192KB, 768x1024 5 2016-05-11 07-15-24 mike DSCF4457 Modeling her hat
enlarge 263KB, 1024x768 6 2016-05-11 07-36-16 cindy IMG 9273 Getting ready to head out - Fred is going to give Shelby a hand with his pack?
enlarge 231KB, 1024x768 9 2016-05-11 07-36-26 cindy IMG 9276 Tooo Dammn Heavy!! (We had too many Chiefs and not enough Indians on this trip!
enlarge 233KB, 1024x768 10 2016-05-11 07-52-44 cindy IMG 9277 Soon after leaving our camp at Step Canyon, the trail along the wash leads to a drop off that forces us to backtrack aways and go over the bench at the inside of the bend.
enlarge 76KB, 1152x248 11 2016-05-11 07-52-58 cindy IMG 9278 This panorama shows the down canyon bend and then shows the up canyon view as we cross over the bench.
enlarge 162KB, 1024x768 12 2016-05-11 07-53-12 bill DSC01441 Looking back up canyon from the bench.
enlarge 162KB, 1024x768 13 2016-05-11 07-53-18 cindy IMG 9279 Going over the bench located HERE. .
enlarge 207KB, 1024x768 14 2016-05-11 07-53-44 cindy IMG 9280 Shelby scouting ahead as the trail has petered out.
enlarge 279KB, 768x1024 15 2016-05-11 07-53-54 cindy IMG 9281 Fred humping up the bench.
enlarge 247KB, 1024x768 16 2016-05-11 07-54-16 cindy IMG 9282 Globemallows along the way
enlarge 330KB, 1024x768 18 2016-05-11 07-58-22 cindy IMG 9284 The first big drop down
enlarge 215KB, 768x1024 19 2016-05-11 08-00-48 mike DSCF4459 Have to slide down this one.
enlarge 219KB, 768x1024 20 2016-05-11 08-00-52 mike DSCF4460 Madison made it.
enlarge 207KB, 768x1024 21 2016-05-11 08-01-14 mike DSCF4461 Here comes Cindy and Fred
enlarge 345.27MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 22 2016 utah may 11 001.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Fun and Games coming down off the bench. Then some easy hiking down the sandy wash.
enlarge 236KB, 1024x768 23 2016-05-11 08-07-06 bill DSC01442 Through the jungle again
enlarge 210KB, 1024x768 24 2016-05-11 08-12-00 cindy IMG 9285 Some more hoodoos - HERE.
enlarge 251KB, 768x1024 25 2016-05-11 08-16-04 cindy IMG 9286 deer prints in the wash - we didn't see any deer.
enlarge 284KB, 768x1024 26 2016-05-11 08-22-08 cindy IMG 9287 Looks like we have to climb out of the wash again.
enlarge 175KB, 768x1024 27 2016-05-11 08-22-46 cindy IMG 9288 raccoon prints in the wash
enlarge 211KB, 768x1024 28 2016-05-11 08-26-54 cindy IMG 9289 Easy hiking down the sandy wash
enlarge 393.01MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 29 2016 utah may 11 002.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Up and out of the wash and over a bench - views along the bench and some of the wildflowers along the way.
enlarge 181KB, 768x1024 30 2016-05-11 08-41-40 cindy IMG 9290 Looking back at the canyon wall
enlarge 228KB, 1024x768 31 2016-05-11 08-49-48 mike DSCF4462 Cindy crossing a bench - the further down canyon we get the hiking improves
enlarge 252KB, 1024x768 32 2016-05-11 08-49-54 mike DSCF4463 Happy Hiker
enlarge 268KB, 1024x768 33 2016-05-11 09-05-40 bill DSC01444 Crossing the same bench as Cindy in the previous photo - Looks like I'm about 15 minutes behind.
enlarge 225KB, 768x1024 34 2016-05-11 08-53-16 cindy IMG 9291 Down the wash again
enlarge 178KB, 1024x768 36 2016-05-11 08-55-48 cindy IMG 9294 Flood debris caught in the rocks
enlarge 166KB, 768x1024 37 2016-05-11 08-55-52 cindy IMG 9295 Looking back up canyon at the bend which is located HERE.
enlarge 224KB, 1024x768 38 2016-05-11 08-56-50 cindy IMG 9296 wind made patterns in the sand
enlarge 249KB, 1024x768 39 2016-05-11 08-56-54 cindy IMG 9297 Mike leaving the bend
enlarge 259.25MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 40 2016 utah may 11 003.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Mike's video and commentary as he goes around the bend shown in the previous photos.
enlarge 273.37MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 41 2016 utah may 11 004.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Bill and Fred coming out of the big bend
enlarge 266KB, 1024x768 42 2016-05-11 09-07-56 mike DSCF4464 Snack break
enlarge 259KB, 1024x768 43 2016-05-11 09-08-06 mike DSCF4465 Snack break - located HERE.
enlarge 286KB, 1024x768 44 2016-05-11 09-18-36 cindy IMG 9298 Madison and Shelby.
enlarge 129KB, 1024x768 45 2016-05-11 09-30-38 mike DSCF4467 A little blister prevention
enlarge 193KB, 1024x768 46 2016-05-11 09-30-44 - mike DSCF4468 Fred fixing blisters
enlarge 268KB, 1024x768 47 2016-05-11 09-34-22 cindy IMG 9299 Always good to take a load off your feet
enlarge 282KB, 1024x768 48 2016-05-11 10-33-00 bill DSC01445 Fred in the wash
enlarge 209KB, 1024x768 49 2016-05-11 10-35-20 cindy IMG 9303 Obstructions in the wash from flooding
enlarge 159KB, 1024x768 50 2016-05-11 10-35-34 cindy IMG 9304 Bill & Fred bringing up the rear
enlarge 174KB, 768x1024 51 2016-05-11 10-44-18 madison IMG 6632 Pictographs at the Dead Spar Knoll panel located up Cow Tank Canyon
enlarge 145KB, 768x1024 52 2016-05-11 10-44-22 madison IMG 6633 More pictographs from the Dead Spar Panel
enlarge 166KB, 1024x768 53 2016-05-11 10-47-14 madison IMG 6634 Stylized handprints at the D.S. panel
enlarge 151KB, 768x1024 54 2016-05-11 10-47-20 madison IMG 6635 Another view
enlarge 312.72MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 55 2016 utah may 11 005.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Mike - finding a way to the Dead Spar Panel (turns out to definitely be the wrong way!!)
enlarge 460.19MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 56 2016 utah may 11 006.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Mike explores the Dead Spar Panel in Cow Tank Canyon - many pictographs and petroglyphs.
enlarge 246.27MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 57 2016 utah may 11 007.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Finding a better way down from the D.S. panel
enlarge 292KB, 1024x768 58 2016-05-11 10-46-56 cindy IMG 9305 Fred - ready for a break at the mouth of Cow Tank Canyon
enlarge 132KB, 768x1024 59 2016-05-11 11-00-26 cindy IMG 9307 Cindy - first aid for her blisters
enlarge 152KB, 1024x768 60 2016-05-11 11-00-58 cindy IMG 9309 Both feet! - Canyon hiking is hard on your feet.
enlarge 189KB, 1024x768 61 2016-05-11 11-06-14 cindy IMG 9312 Bill taking a break at Cow Tank Canyon - I didn't have the energy to go up to see the panel. I regret it now, but we still had a long way to go. While we were waiting, a large group of students (9th graders) from a private school from Boise came by and we chatted a while with them. It was interesting to see them pumping water for their bottles as every one had their own filter pump.
enlarge 67.85MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 62 lost ranger flippy.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Shelby and Madison demonstrating the right way and the wrong way to do the Lost Ranger Flippy!
enlarge 298KB, 768x1024 63 2016-05-11 11-29-36 cindy IMG 9313 On the trail again - Mike
enlarge 252KB, 768x1024 64 2016-05-11 11-32-58 cindy IMG 9314 Mike cutting over a bench
enlarge 252KB, 768x1024 65 2016-05-11 11-34-18 cindy IMG 9315 Back in the wash going around the bend located HERE.
enlarge 120KB, 1024x768 66 2016-05-11 11-44-30 bill DSC01447 A little further on is the "Bird Parade" panel - which is high up above the wash. Here is a series of handprints.
enlarge 95KB, 1024x768 67 2016-05-11 11-45-00 bill DSC01448 More handprints, including some "ghost" prints. I don't know what the outlined areas are.
enlarge 138KB, 1024x768 68 2016-05-11 11-45-56 bill DSC01449 The birds on parade
enlarge 107KB, 1024x768 69 2016-05-11 11-46-06 bill DSC01450 Close up of the birds on parade
enlarge 101KB, 1024x768 70 2016-05-11 11-46-20 bill DSC01451 More B.o.P. - Is that a seated figure on the right (enlarge photo)?
enlarge 113KB, 1024x768 71 2016-05-11 11-46-44 bill DSC01452 Final B.o.P. - Everyone else missed this one. I remember it from previous trips. I think that Shelby found a way up there on one of them.
enlarge 189KB, 768x1024 72 2016-05-11 11-47-04 cindy IMG 9317 Interesting section of canyon wall - near the bend in the canyon at which the Long House Ruin is located.
enlarge 256KB, 1024x768 73 2016-05-11 11-56-40 cindy IMG 9319 Somewhere up there is the Long House Ruin.
enlarge 288KB, 1024x768 74 2016-05-11 12-06-36 bill DSC01453 Meanwhile back in the canyon, Bill and Fred are making their way.
enlarge 43.77MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 75 2016 utah may 11 whm 001.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Fred along the stream flowing down the wash near the Long House Ruin.
enlarge 263KB, 768x1024 76 2016-05-11 12-23-12 cindy IMG 9324 We took our lunch break below the terrace on which the Long House Ruin was located. Mike pitched his tent fly to provide some shade.
enlarge 58.80MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 77 mikes sunshade.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Mike erecting a sunshade for our lunch break.
enlarge 334KB, 1024x768 78 2016-05-11 12-23-16 cindy IMG 9325 Fred having lunch in the shade.
enlarge 393.67MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 79 2016 utah may 11 008.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Taking the wrong (and I mean wrong) way up to the Long House Ruin.
enlarge 382.25MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 80 2016 utah may 11 009.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Continuing the struggle through the cactus patch our group reaches the ruin
enlarge 171KB, 1024x768 81 2016-05-11 12-46-50 cindy IMG 9326 Granary and Long House Ruin beyond
enlarge 108.20MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 83 2016 utah may 11 010.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Investigating the Granary at the Long House Ruin
enlarge 219KB, 1024x768 84 2016-05-11 12-48-10 cindy IMG 9329 Mike and Madison ponder a way up to the Long House Ruin
enlarge 178KB, 768x1024 85 2016-05-11 12-47-38 madison IMG 6638 Madison climbing up to the ruin
enlarge 190KB, 1024x768 86 2016-05-11 12-48-46 cindy IMG 9331 Long House Ruin
enlarge 185KB, 1024x768 87 2016-05-11 12-48-50 cindy IMG 9332 Fred climbing up to the ruin - if you enlarge photo to original size you can see a set of unique pictograph figures as well as some hand prints that nobody on this trip managed to photograph.
enlarge 155KB, 768x1024 88 2016-05-11 12-50-14 cindy IMG 1173 Interior of the Long House ruin
enlarge 165KB, 768x1024 99 2016-05-11 12-57-40 madison IMG 6652 Madison at the entrance to the ruin
enlarge 119KB, 768x1024 100 2016-05-11 12-57-48 madison IMG 6654 The back side of the ruin has fallen in - must have been a smokey place as it is all soot covered.
enlarge 163KB, 1024x768 101 2016-05-11 12-58-02 cindy IMG 9338 Looking back along the ledge to the main ruin.
enlarge 275.80MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 102 2016 utah may 11 012.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Finding the easy way down (and up) from the Long House Ruin.
enlarge 324KB, 1024x768 103 2016-05-11 13-07-48 cindy IMG 9340 Meanwhile - Bill is enjoying an extended break.
enlarge 289KB, 1024x768 104 2016-05-11 13-24-58 cindy IMG 9341 Back in the saddle again - water in the wash.
enlarge 309KB, 1024x768 105 2016-05-11 13-36-40 cindy IMG 9343 Fred
enlarge 438.21MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 106 2016 utah may 11 013a.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Hiking up to the Big Man Panel
enlarge 182KB, 768x1024 107 2016-05-11 13-49-50 madison IMG 6666 1 Big Man pictographs
enlarge 139KB, 768x1024 108 2016-05-11 13-49-52 madison IMG 6667 1 More Big Man pictographs
enlarge 175KB, 768x1024 109 2016-05-11 13-49-52 madison IMG 6695 1 More Big Man pictographs
enlarge 133KB, 768x1024 110 2016-05-11 13-49-56 madison IMG 6668 1 More Big Man pictographs
enlarge 123KB, 768x1024 111 2016-05-11 13-50-08 madison IMG 6669
enlarge 121KB, 768x1024 112 2016-05-11 13-50-42 madison IMG 6673
enlarge 128KB, 768x1024 113 2016-05-11 13-51-04 madison IMG 6676
enlarge 116KB, 1024x768 114 2016-05-11 13-52-10 mike DSCF4475 Pregnant woman?
enlarge 119KB, 1024x768 115 2016-05-11 13-52-24 mike DSCF4473 1 Big Man Pictographs Enlarge photo and note faded figures to the right side who appear to be holding hands. That object on the left looks all the world to me to be a horseshoe crab?
enlarge 177KB, 768x1024 116 2016-05-11 13-53-00 madison IMG 6690
enlarge 186KB, 1024x768 117 2016-05-11 13-53-04 mike DSCF4480 Viewing the pictographs
enlarge 126KB, 1024x768 118 2016-05-11 13-53-20 mike DSCF4477 Overall view of the panel
enlarge 125KB, 1024x768 119 2016-05-11 13-53-48 mike DSCF4484 Another view
enlarge 222KB, 1024x768 120 2016-05-11 13-54-40 madison IMG 6687 There is an ammo box with information about the panel.
enlarge 133KB, 1024x768 121 2016-05-11 13-55-24 mike DSCF4482 View from the panel alcove looking up canyon
enlarge 219KB, 1024x768 122 2016-05-11 13-56-24 mike DSCF4478 Looking down on the wash from the panel - if you enlarge the photo, you can see Cindy's hat and pack and my white hat as I'm just arriving.
enlarge 253KB, 1024x768 123 2016-05-11 13-56-34 mike DSCF4479 Fred, Cindy, and Bill down in the wash
enlarge 246KB, 1024x768 124 2016-05-11 13-56-40 bill DSC01455 Looking up to the Big Man Panel from the wash
enlarge 187KB, 1024x768 125 2016-05-11 13-56-54 bill DSC01456 Telephoto of the Big Man Panel from the wash
enlarge 226KB, 1024x768 126 2016-05-11 13-56-18 cindy IMG 9346 Fred & Bill - we elected to stay down in the wash.
enlarge 229KB, 768x1024 127 2016-05-11 14-34-42 cindy 9349 (1) Thinking about heading out on the last leg of the day's hike.
enlarge 230KB, 1024x768 128 2016-05-11 14-34-50 cindy IMG 9350 Mike and Madison
enlarge 246KB, 768x1024 129 2016-05-11 14-47-06 cindy IMG 9351 Mike - using his Gopro
enlarge 226KB, 1024x768 130 2016-05-11 14-47-38 cindy IMG 9353 Continuing around the bend
enlarge 342.41MB, 1152x648 Download MPEG4 131 2016 utah may 11 014.mp4 VIDEO - Click Photo to View. Heading down the wash - Madison & Shelby, then Cindy, and lastly - Fred and Bill (note some portions have been speeded up)
enlarge 244KB, 1024x768 132 2016-05-11 14-49-52 cindy IMG 9354 Reflected light on the canyon wall
enlarge 151KB, 768x1024 133 2016-05-11 14-51-38 - mike DSCF4488 Bill & Fred
enlarge 280KB, 1024x768 134 2016-05-11 15-05-14 cindy IMG 9355 Mike - a long stretch in the wash