Sean and I went out skiing and did a few laps on Parker Ridge and Hilda Ridge. Higher up the snow was really wind blasted but down in the trees it was nice and soft. The Hilda Ridge Hostel is a great place to stay during winter and I’ll definitely plan some more trips there in the future.
One last morning in Arches before heading home and we couldn’t even stay in bed until the sun was up! After playing with night exposures for a while it was early to bed and then rolling out to Turret Arch before the sunrise. One of the guys we’d met while photographing Double Arch had said there was a great view of Turret Arch looking through North Window and with that in mind we set off.
Turret arch seen through North Window, pre sunrise
After our night out in Moab and a warm comfy hotel room the last thing we really wanted to do was to get up early! Our original plan had been to get up, drive the 2.5hrs down the Needles district of Canyonlands and hike in to Druid Arch. Well, after the disappointment of the Syncline Loop and not really wanted to waste 5hrs driving we decided to hit the Murphy Loop in the Islands in the Sky district and what a great choice!
Looking down into the valley with the trail visible
Once again we rolled into camp in the dark and were up and out of camp before the sunrise. This morning’s early destination was the much vaunted Mesa Arch. It really is an amazing sight to see and much like Delicate Arch a very popular location.
Arches National Park in Utah is without a doubt one of the most awe inspiring places I’ve ever been to. With a four-day weekend over the American Thanksgiving, and having already gorged on turkey for Canadian Thanksgiving Jamie and I decided to take a mini-vacation and head out to the desert.
The drive out from Denver was decent and holiday traffic wasn’t too bad and we left right after work heading up and over the mountain passes and down into the desert. My first thought after passing through Grand Junction and over the Colorado/Utah line was “wow, look at all those stars!” and my second though was “I really should have filled up in GJ” (c: Fortunately after only 30min with the gas light on we rolled into a Shell station and I put 17.2 gallons into an 18 gallon tank!
Camping in Arches was easy to find, there is one campground in the entire park and it was only about half full as we cruised through at 10:30pm. The vacation had a few goals
Relax and be outside without worrying about summits
Enjoy the warm(er) weather
Get some really good photographs
Since #3 generally requires sunrise or sunset I had looked up the good times and locations for Arches and Canyonlands and the first on our list was Double Arch, at sunrise.
Since yesterday was such a beautiful day Jamie and I decided to head out and go hiking today. Pettingell Peak, off of the Herman Gulch TH seemed like a great choice to us but must not have been favourable to others as we didn’t see another soul all day!
I’ve been recalcitrant in updating the blog lately and this is my attempt to get things squared away.
Oct 3: After Fletcher Mountain Jamie and I got out and hiked the Hell’s Hole trail by Mt. Evans. We were looking for a nice easy day and this trail delivered. It was 8mi and ~2000+ ft of elevation but it all on really nice trails and it wasn’t difficult at all. We took a few pictures but none really worth posting