Monday, June 11, 2007

Had a good time doing a one-night camp at Maple Canyon

Alene and I knew we needed to get away for at least two of the 5 weekends this month of June (5 weekends??), so we had our sights set on somewhere in the Uintas (Clyde Lake trail), but we got a ton of rain in the valley last week, which meant two things: We found a leak in our new roof, and Clyde Lake will likely have a lot of snow and be cold.

We opted for Maple Canyon. We brought Caiden's cousin Brady, who is always funny and fun to be with. When we first got there, we pulled off the side of the road at the first Box canyon. The hike to the back was much shorter than I remember. In fact, it's funny how you do a hike the first time and it seems SOOO long, but the second time it seems much shorter. I think it's the same way with driving too.

Anyway, all the campsites were full, so we kept driving up the road until it turned into this really bumpy/rocky dirt road. The subaru did a great job driving up that thing. We went over the ridge to the back and then down into a beautiful, heavily forrested area. We found the perfect campsite (well, actually April and Bill found it a few weeks before us I guess). We did some hiking around the area later that day (after getting set up).

The next day we drove to the top of Maple Canyon and hiked down to a large Cave that you have to climb up a rope to get into it. I was proud of Caiden because he was able to get up there, despite being really scared (it's about a 15-20' wall you have to climb up). We hiked back up to the top, stopping off to climb some other rocks to get a good view of the canyon as well as the rest of San Pete Valley. It's really a pretty valley. Alene hiked down the rest of the trail (backside) and we drove down to meet her. We ended up doing a bit of some exploring (well, I did at least; Caiden and Brady started a caterpillar collection and they just played with them while I drove). I found some cool trails and a few AWESOME campsites back there. One campsite had enough room for a LARGE group of people if you wanted, very flat, but up really high on the mountain.

We got back down the mountain in about 40 minutes and found Alene already back down and had started hiking up the dirt road to meet us. She was amazing. She must have flown down the backside.

Here are some pictures from the trip: Maple Canyon June 2007

I can't wait for our next trip. So far Bill has suggested driving to Joes Valley and camping, then driving down through Castle Dale to see the wedge overlook. Then we're going to use my GPS to find the MK tunnels. They're a set of tunnels that the Military started to dig for NORAD, but then pulled out because they figured the Granite up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado was much better than the sandstone down in the Swell of Utah. We'll then head back to Joes Valley and do some swimming and rock jumping. Should be a fun trip.

We're going to be pretty busy from then on out. I'm playing some paintball on the following saturday, then we'll be leaving for WA to visit Alene's brother and his family. Then we'll be doing my family camping trip to Joes Valley.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:36 PM

    That looked like a really fun trip. Those rock formations are cool looking. Seeing geology in all of its different forms is pretty fascinating. It is nice that you are able to get out. I'm looking forward to Joe's that should be a good time. - Brock