Following a tiring hike into the canyon, I gave my feet and boots a rest while giving my eyes some entertainment.
From The Ashes
From this lower canyon views, these red stone giants seem to just erupt from the forest line.
Time To Climb?
The temptation to scramble up there is real.
The tough stone and the free flowing trees.Living in perfect harmony.
Forshadowing to the Grand Tetons along my route's future course.
Surrounded By Color
I don't think I could ever forget the drastic colors of these canyon walls and the scattered shrubbery.
The Side Trail
I wonder where these leads to...? Not to water, I'll tell you that much.
Tree Stands Alone
Well really nothing is alone here. If I had to be permanently stuck in the ground, this wouldn't be such a bad landing.
Nature's Sun Screen
Thank God for these trees. Protecting all who lay under them from the harsh rays of the Utah sun.
Golden Grass Surprise
Well the path sure didn't lead to any water spring but it did surprise me with this highly golden forest of grass.
I've long come to realize that its often the trails you don't plan to take that end up being the great surprise adventure. Lets follow this one.
Along the Trib
The tributary that is. The soft red soil meets the gentle flowing side creek leading deep into a red side canyon.
Low Canyon, High Rise
With every occasional turn, my eyes would be drawn upward. Is that high crest where I was headed?
On the Flipside
Following a scramble and leap of faith, I followed the rest of the trail on the other side of this creek.
Time to Go Up
And thus begins my ascent.
The Kolob Arch
There she is. The terminus of this trek. From the wrong angle, you may never even know there was an arch. Still, mark this as the first Utah arch I've seen.