The logistics for the trip were a little different this year as the Nick's and I were in Lynnwood, Mike was in Kennewick, and Will was in Spokane. Since we would be using Mike's Subaru as our main vehicle, we agreed to meet at Mike's home. I picked up the Nicks early in the morning we headed off in my 1985 Camry (The Gray Ghost) making our traditional breakfast stop at the Ellensburg McDonalds. We got to Mike's house and after packing all our gear in his Subaru, and rooftop carrier, the five of us climbed in and off we went. We arrived at the Marble Motel in Tremonton, Utah after dark - truly a long day on the road.
The next day we headed south making a stop in Price for last minute supplies and then lunch in Hanksville. Along the way we took in the view at the Hite Overlook and arrived at our camp at the head of Todie Canyon at the same spot we had used the two years previously.
Note photo takers are given in the titles under the thumbnails: Bill (bm), Mike (ms), Nick M. (nm), Nick T. (nt)
Kickass Trekkers on this trip were: Bill Mooseker, Will Stong, Mike Stong, Nick McMahan, Nick Tuggle
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Troop 24 Kickass Trekkers Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker
Date(s): May 20-21, 2017. Album by Cascade Bill. 1 - 50 of 50 Total. 0 Visits.
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enlarge 96KB, 1024x768 2 05-20 14-28-42 - nt IMG 0002 Photo from Nick T. - I'm about 95% sure that the mountains in the background are the Elkhorns (highest peak 9100') just west of Baker City, Oregon. Looks like some good hiking there: Click here
enlarge 127KB, 1024x768 3 05-20 15-21-58 - bm DSC01838 We've made so many trips to Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho, that Shelby once stated, "I think we've stopped at every Subway along the route". This is Mike and his Subaru outside of the Baker City Subway our usual lunch stop.
enlarge 138KB, 1024x768 4 05-20 15-44-01 - nt IMG 0003 After Baker City, it gets drier and less scenic as we make our way to Idaho.
enlarge 153KB, 1024x768 5 05-20 18-25-20 - nt IMG 0004 In Idaho, we pass this double rainbow in late afternoon. It's a long slog across Idaho and on into Utah. We pulled into Tremonton and checked into our usual stop, the Marble Motel, and had a late dinner at the Tremonton Dennys (as usual).
enlarge 151KB, 1024x768 6 05-21 12-59-11 - bm DSC01840 The Subaru was humming along as we headed south past Salt Lake City. Stopping at Lin's Market in Price for last minute supplies, water, and tomorrow's breakfast. Then a short stop at the Chevron Truck Stop in Wellington for gas and to pick up a Subway Sub for dinner. This photo shows the San Rafeal Swell as taken from the offramp from I70 to UT24 enroute to Hanksville.
enlarge 113KB, 1024x768 7 05-21 12-59-20 - bm DSC01841 San Rafael Swell - heading to Hanksville, where we found that our usual lunch stop, Blondies, was closed (it was Sunday). Fortunately, Stan's Burger Shack was open.
enlarge 155KB, 1024x768 8 05-21 15-08-50 - nt IMG 0010 Taking UT95 we pulled out at the Hite Overlook.
enlarge 129KB, 1024x768 9 05-21 15-11-14 - bm DSC01849 View of the upper end of Lake Powell, which because of drought is now gone back to its original state, the Colorado River - You can see UT95 at the base of the bluffs to the left.
enlarge 148KB, 1024x768 10 05-21 15-11-51 - bm DSC01847 In the distance is the UT95 bridge across the Colorado.