Eye of the Whale

Eye of the Whale

We plopped Teardrop just off Willow Creek Road in a nice little spot with views of La Salle Mountain, red mounds and arches off in the distance. After spending a much needed down day working on some rig projects and being lazy, we headed East on Willow Creek to Arches. Willow Creek is what I'd call a mostly easy 4WD road, with about 1km of some rougher road. After entering the park we made a left up a somewhat difficult 4WD road to Eye of the Whale arch.

 Trail to Double O

Trail to Double O

 North Window Arch, Arches NP

North Window Arch, Arches NP

 Primitive Trail, Devil's Garden

Primitive Trail, Devil's Garden

But our destination for the day was the 7-mile loop called Devils Garden. It's filled with numerous arches and some amazing views. Double O is a requirement on this hike, but really the beauty was the entire loop including the primitive trail. Though we seemed to agree it wasn't very primitive, it was, at times, a bit difficult to follow. But if you keep your eyes open and follow the obvious warn path along the slick rock, you'll be just fine. Also don't forget to take the side trail to Private Arch. Somewhat "new" it's tucked into a pocket at the end of the trail.

We headed back to Arches the next day to visit Windows which was equally stunning, worth every step and view.

 Double O

Double O

Moab... I guess I was confused what "Moab" was... I thought it was an area, but honestly it's just a town. But of course Moab means off-road, trails, mountain bikes and everything extreme. If you are serious about dirt, come here for anything from easy to extreme. 

 What did you do today? 

What did you do today? 

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White Rim (Road) Trail. First, getting this permit was more time consuming than my JMT permit. It's a process and one that does require some thought. Bruce, our ranger with over 20 years experience made this processes not only informative but thoughtful. He helped with our location choices and route as I've never experienced before. Bruce clearly had this trail down and knew every bend and view possible.

Due to the season, not only was our permit free, but we had to enter WRT via Potash. This cut off about 15-ish miles of trail that is closed during the Winter months due to snow and ice. None-the-less we were off on our adventure to see Canyonlands from the middle section... Where few(er) dare to travel. 

 White Rim Road, Canyonlands HNP

White Rim Road, Canyonlands HNP

 Another amazing wash

Another amazing wash

 Yet another amazing cliff and sky

Yet another amazing cliff and sky

 Green River... We've seen it's beginnings

Green River... We've seen it's beginnings

We drove the loop clockwise and to be honest, the first 20 miles was rough. Not difficult, but very slow going and undulating. By the time we arrived at our first camp, Airport, we were beat up! Day 2 heading to Murphy was gorgeous! The road was difficult but so stunning it was worth every inch and bump. Murphy hill was quite the climb... I didn't take any chances pulling Teardrop so 4-low and rear lockers were engaged. Though I'm glad I did, i'm sure lockers were not needed and I didn't engage them for the rest of the trip despite several more difficult sections including the climb up hardscrabble. Speaking of, day 3 and 4 were spent at Hardscrabble which allowed us some lovely time next to Green River and hiking around the area.

 End of our journey, the beginning for others, White Rim Road, Canyonlands NP

End of our journey, the beginning for others, White Rim Road, Canyonlands NP

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