On a nice Sunday afternoon I decided to go back into Rock Canyon. I couldn’t get anyone to go with me because the forecast was calling for rain and maybe thunderstorms. As is typical for Utah, the forecast was close but not as severe as it was being made.
Moments after getting out of the car at the trail head, it started to lightly sprinkle. I could see lots of people coming in off the trail. At the time, I was the only one going on to the trail.
I have been into the canyon on two other occasions. This time I decide to take a different route as far as I could until terrain force me to get back on the trail. One of the things I discovered was the irrigation system that helps harness the water from the mountains. Below you can see one of the release points. I am not sure whether or not this is always releasing water. I had not noticed it before, but to be honest, I hadn’t really paid attention.
Once I was forced back on to the trail, I saw the sign that let’s me know that this trail connects with other trails that lead to other places I have hiked. I am going to have to do an overnight pack-in and connect all the trails.
The very light rain that I experienced when I arrived stopped a few minutes after it started. I made it about a half mile up the trail when I received the text from my wife.
She was letting me know that it had just rained hard at our house with thunderstorms. The trail is located about 6 miles from the house.
I looked to the sky and it had become darker, but it did not look ominous.
Shortly after she texted, it started sprinkling again. Then it became heavier, but never became unbearable nor did it come with thunder and lightning. In fact, it was quite refreshing.
I looked around on the trail and could see the beauty of the rain falling contrasted against the cliffs, trees and brush. I made the below picture at this time. It is best seen when enlarged.
The rain only last about 5 minutes and I continued my way up the mountain. I took various pix along the way. Some of my faves are below.
It took me about and hour and 40 minutes to make it to the turnaround point. As is typical for this time of year, once I got close to 7,000 ft. altitude, there were major sections of snow along the trail.
By the time I reached my turn around point, I was a bit tired and anxious to head back down. I was making Sunday dinner and did not want to be late getting it ready.
I quickly shot the video below and made my way back down.
While it took me about 100 minutes to make it up, it only took 40 to get back down. I walked briskly and I also jogged part of the way.
It was a terrific solo hike today. The trail was not crowded and the temperature was nice in the 50s. I am now looking forward to connecting the trails on an overnighter.
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