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Delicate Arch - SUPER FULL MOON - Moonlight hike

Hike by the fading light of day and rising light of the moon to Delicate Arch. This is a special moon -- As it says above, it is a SUPER FULL MOON

Moon rise will be 5.54 PM        Sunset will be 7.37 PM

We can work out details as the time comes near though what I am thinking is to begin the hike about 7 PM so we will see the last of the sun and best of the moon all the while at Delicate Arch. Since it is September and very warm in the evening there will be lots of walkers there for the sunset. If it is like we have seen before, it is the sunset they want and most or all of them will clear out so we will have the Arch area mostly to ourselves. 

It might be worth considering taking up a picnic - hike - potluck and enjoying the evening meal on that nice rock bench that overlooks Delicate Arch. 

                     More details to be posted as the time comes near.

CONTACT:

Doug Van Etten[masked]

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  • Chuck C.

    Can't believe I'd never been to Delicate Arch... and the whole world was up there! A great hike!

    September 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is Patty, so wanted to make it but twisted my foot bad next hike in Moab I'll be there

    September 7, 2014

  • Christopher W.

    All: let's meet at Arches Nat'l Park Visitors Center at 6:15p. This will give us time to figure out a carpool, drive to the trailhead, and start the hike by 7p.

    1 · September 5, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    Heres my phone #[masked]-2228. If anyone finds out our meeting place at 7:00pm, please text me or call tomorrow. I may not be able to get internet connection all morning Saturday before leaving for Moab.

    September 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also would like to know where we are meeting? Patty

    September 5, 2014

  • susan

    where are we meeting for this hike? what time?

    September 4, 2014

  • Suzy N.

    Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to make it after all, due to a miserable infection. Stand under that arch and howl at the moon for me!

    September 4, 2014

    • Christopher W.

      Then who is going to bring the ice cream!?

      September 4, 2014

  • Lyn B.

    I have to be back in Salt Lake by Saturday night (after Dragon Fly).

    September 4, 2014

  • Suzy N.

    So let's try to get sites on Willow Spring Road, for the closer location and convenience for everyone. Lyn, I will look for your vehicle. What is it again?

    1 · September 1, 2014

    • Lyn B.

      Dark gray Xterra. Roof rack on top. Cell #[masked]

      September 1, 2014

    • Suzy N.

      I will look for you and bring our banner.

      September 2, 2014

  • Suzy N.

    OK... Can we get a consensus... I like the sound of Doug's suggestion to go out to the Temple Mtn Junction/Wildhorse Window location. Very detailed directions given by him below. Can we shoot for that? I'd like to go and leisurely explore Goblin Valley on Friday, then chilling out at the campsite Friday evening. Then Wildhorse Window Saturday? That's me, anyway. I think there's a handful of us that just want to hike vs the canyoneering, so if we can decide on a Plan A and Plan B for finding campsites, we can commiserate from there. Can Plan A be the Temple Mtn/Wildhorse Window area, and then Plan B the Little Wildhorse Rd. Area Lyn spoke of (just above Doug's comments below...)?

    September 1, 2014

    • Suzy N.

      Hot, windy Willow Spring Road now? These other places are too far out of the way for what everyone else wants to do? No Goblin Valley takers?

      September 1, 2014

    • joe s.

      We would like to hike Saturday.........

      September 2, 2014

  • Suzy N.

    Joe, the Gold Bar spots have fees for the sites and cars. Chuck, I read that the BLM prohibits camping in the Mill Creek area. Just saying... Please, all, let's iron it out so those who want to camp as a group can plan on where we'll try to go. Then go from there to wherever your hiking or canyoneering hearts desire!

    September 1, 2014

    • joe s.

      They sure do charge a small fee which I feel is worth it vs. listening to ATV'S buzz by at most of the north of town free- blm areas...

      September 2, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    Considering that we will have a late night hike, I favor near by camp sites - I would not want a far away location. But really, I can car-camp anywhere for a night and - I may end up doing just that if it simplifies planning for others who would like to set up more of a base camp.

    September 1, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    If this is the campground between the airport and the turnoff to Dead Horse Point, be it known that it is situated along a down-hill stretch of highway where the noise from truckers jake-brakes is enough to keep you awake. But going a couple more miles towards the airport is Mill Creek Road. If its not too washed out for regular vehicles, this is another camping area.

    September 1, 2014

  • Lyn B.

    Doug has me as event host for Fiery Furnace in Arches Friday morning, then canyoneering in Arches Saturday morning. Willow Spring Road is a mile north of Arches so I'll (hopefully) be camping there.

    September 1, 2014

  • Lyn B.

    Change of camping plans. I hadn't realized the camping along Potash Road was developed pay sites. I'll be looking for a site along Willow Spring Road. It's about 1 mile north of Arches on the east side of 191. Willow Springs is primitive BLM land. I'll look for something between 1/4 to 2 miles in depending what looks good and is available.

    1 · August 31, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      Willow springs is out on the wide open, no shade trees what so ever and no break from the wind. Everything I have seen out there is best suited for motor homing, sleeping in the truck or car or on a cot, up off the ground (which I am pretty sure Lyn does).

      August 31, 2014

  • Suzy N.

    My plan is to leave Thursday after work and head to Potash Road to try to grab some sites there. I plan on hiking Friday and Saturday, and do the full moon hike Sat night. I'll be driving back to GJ Sat night after the hike, as I have to work on Sunday. Who all is interested in camping along Potash Road?

    August 31, 2014

    • joe s.

      Hi Lynn- Suzy the cell signal is not only not good there isn't any once you pass into the canyon.. There are 3 campsites along the river, the first two being the best with the third Gold Bar being the furthest and most exposed.. A WSA banner would be the best way to keep people organized.. I would recommend the middle campground as the best..................

      1 · August 31, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      The banner is on the front porch. If you see Mary's car here knock on the door and say Hi. She is going to a foot doctor Tuesday but the news is already not good that she has a stress fracture that is causing great pain and will put a temporary halt to her hiking.

      August 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds fun

    August 30, 2014

  • susan

    Lyn, do you have a campsite for Friday nite? There aren't any available at the Goblin Valley State park for that nite.

    August 13, 2014

    • Suzy N.

      Hey Susan! I don't live in Montrose anymore! I've moved back up to Junction. I will pick up the banner, no problem! BTW, I have a roomy 3-person (roomy for 2 people and their gear, really) Big Agnes tent, so if you would like to share, that's fine! Only thing is, I will have to leave to return to GJ after the full moon hike Sat night because I have to work on Sunday.

      August 26, 2014

    • susan

      thanks for picking up the banner! I'm bringing Eileen with me to hike Delicate Arch Sat nite. Are you hiking on Saturday morning? I' m canyoneering with Lyn but Eileen wants to hike.

      August 29, 2014

  • Chuck C.

    Are any folks camping - and would like to recommend where to camp - perhaps even as a group?

    August 29, 2014

    • Fran P.

      It sounds like a better alternative would be to use individual campsites though they are first come, first served. BLM staff told me we should be OK getting a site if we arrive on Saturday morning. The sites closest to Moab fill up first.

      August 29, 2014

    • Fran P.

      Google BLM campgrounds Moab for maps and rates. If a group of us wants to coordinate so we ended up camping in the same place that ought to be pretty easy to do.

      1 · August 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, I had already marked the calendar for a possible hike to Delicate Arch this night! I'll have to see of my schedule pans out.

    August 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Actually I marked my calendar for the 8th since that's when the actual full moon is

      August 29, 2014

  • Suzy N.

    If it works for anybody to ride with me from GJ Thursday after work to the camp sites on Potash Rd. and return to GJ Sat night after the full moon hike, let me know. I have to work Sunday, so won't be able to camp Sat night, unfortunately. Booo. Just thought I'd toss that out there...

    August 26, 2014

    • Rhonda M

      I would like to do this, but I work the Friday evening before, and I have to be at work Sunday night at 6pm. I have no idea how to get there, as I'm new to this area. Would you be up for driving down there that Saturday evening, and coming back after the hike?

      August 28, 2014

    • Rhonda M

      Never mind...that would be kind of hard to drive back. Maybe next time!

      August 28, 2014

  • Sandy

    Unfortunately, I am not gonna make it, even tho Pleiades is calling my name on Sunday! Just found out a good friend from LA will be in town for a road race on Saturday and I would like to spend some time with her. We'll have to schedule another excursion to Pleiades - I keep missing it! Anyway, have fun everybody!

    1 · August 25, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      Definitely looking forward to seeing you and canyons the following weekend, Sandy. Do you have ideas for what canyon you want to start with on Saturday the 13th?

      August 26, 2014

  • Suzy N.

    Is there somewhere to camp Friday night that would be at about a halfway point between Goblin Valley and Arches? Google Maps is telling me it's almost 2 hours' drive between them. It would be neat to do Goblin Valley Saturday afternoon and be able to join the super moon hike up to Delicate Arch that night. Who else would like to play among the goblins Saturday?

    1 · August 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you go straight into the San Rafael swell instead of turning left into Goblin valley, there are dozens of great unimproved camp spots near by.

      1 · August 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      As far as half way is concerned, there is a state park just south of Green River. I haven't stayed there but the map shows a picture of a tent!

      August 24, 2014

  • Sandy

    Anyone interested in making this a canyoneering weekend? Could come down Friday night and canyoneer Sat and Sun. Lots of short canyons at Moab - could do a canyon on Sat and still do the full moon hike Sat evening. Lemme know and I'll do some research and put together an itinerary.

    2 · August 9, 2014

    • Lyn B.

      I've never done Fiery Furnace before. If you know the canyoneering route, I'm game.

      August 21, 2014

    • Doug Van E.

      It takes a lot of rope because you have to set up an anchor all the way around the base of an arch, the route finding to get there is impossible to describe (been there 3x, by 2 different routes and could not begin to find the start point myself). But, Susan, if you can find it, Lyn has the ropes and . . . it would be great fun for you 2 and others.

      August 22, 2014

  • Lyn B.

    This is a 3 day weekend for me. Friday through Sunday.

    1 · August 3, 2014

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