We have not been hiking from Vulte Arch Road much because that 4.8 mile dirt road drive has gotten so rough---few people are willing to drive it---especially, all the way out to the end.
Donna has volunteered her truck.
We could do the 4.2 mile hike up Bear Sign/Dry Creek trails, up to a ledge, above a dry waterfall for lunch---then, past Narrow Canyon and down to Vulte Arch Trail.
But, we're not---this time!
Instead, we start out the same way---get to within half a mile of the Dave Miller crossover---and, take the old crossover---much more scenic and shorter!!!!!! The entire hike would be 3.5 miles IF we do a shuttle---which would require a second vehicle---which, I doubt we will get!
Or, the driver could go get the car!
Or, we could put a bicycle in the back of the truck---hide it in the bushes near Secret Canyon T.H., and have someone bike the one mile to get Donna's truck!
If we get more people than can fit in the passenger part of Donna's truck---they can ride in the back---either all the way---or, just the dirt road---coming down in comfort in a passenger car.
Gas: $8 if you ride all the way with Donna, $6 to the passenger car driver to the dirt road + $2 to Donna if you ride in the back of her truck 5 miles to the T. H.
I would rate the hike 80% timewise/20% moderate. By distance, only about 5% is moderate. That 5% is rising up to the crossover.
Optional: Going an extra distance beyond the crossover, you can reach Alcove Arch, about 2-300 yards off the trail.
This Saturday, 8:30 a.m., lowest (S.E.) corner of the W. Walmart parking lot.
I think I may be able to arrange for a hiker who was quoted in the current BACKPACKER magazine to come along.
I am looking into having a guest speaker on this hike---quoted in the current issue of BACKPACKER magazine.