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Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
June 6, 2012
From journal Difference: Vegas to Bryce
Port Angeles, Washington
February 11, 2002
After a brief stop to look at some petroglyphs in Capitol Reef, we headed toward the town of Escalante. Shortly after leaving Capitol Reef, we entered the Dixie National Forest. Dixie NF is an island of cool green in the middle of redrock desert. It was refreshing and surprising to see a forest where I hadn’t expected it. When we reached the town of Escalante, we stopped in the Ranger Station for a backpacking permit and then headed out immediately. Box Death Hollow is about 10 miles north of Escalante on a dirt road. We were the only ones at the trailhead parking area – a good sign. After loading our packs, we headed up the trail.
The trail sort of fizzled out before it even started, but not so much that we couldn’t follow it. It basically meandered along the creek, crossing the creek often. Sometimes we could jump the creek and sometimes we just stepped in. We had gotten a late start, so it was really HOT. Good thing we had the canyon to ourselves…. when we got too hot and found a deep spot in the creek, we just dropped our packs and skinny dipped to cool off.
After a few hours, we found a nice flat shady spot to set up camp. We still hadn’t seen any other people. Dinner was delicious and peaceful, and afterward we scrambled up some nearby rocks for a better view of our home for the night. What a beautiful canyon – I am so grateful to our new friend for recommending it!
The next morning we hiked out to the trailhead in cool of the morning, again without seeing another soul. We were headed on to our next adventure… Bryce Canyon National Park.
From journal Utah Roadtrip