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Little Finland

Bring your Cameras to this one.......

A Treasure Chest of Beauty located in the Gold Butte Region of Nevada.

We will need high clearance vehicles for this adventure, so those who have one, please let me know.

Everyone must set up who they are riding with. If your driver backs out of this adventure, you will have to find another driver or not go.

I have room for three.

WE WILL LEAVE IRON SKILLET AT 6AM SHARP

Little Finland (aka Hobgoblin's Playground and Devil's Fire) is a fascinating area where wind and water have sculpted red sandstone rock into fantastical shapes that rival the best of other areas in the southwestern deserts. From the trailhead, a short scramble leads into Little Finland, which stretches out for about 0.4 miles to the north. Exploration is easy because the area is fairly level. The farther you go and the more you look, the more you find, but this is more of an elfin wonderland than an area of towering pillars.

Located in a remote portion of the already-remote Gold Butte region of southeastern Nevada (generally south of Mesquite), Little Finland is a challenge to get to, but well worth the effort. The landscape is similar to Valley of Fire State Park, to the west , but the rocks are far more ornate and delicate, like those you might discover in a cave. Many of the rocky outcroppings defy gravity—huge overhangs and cantilevers, projecting fins of rock as large as a kitchen table, but only about an inch thick, and holes and arches everywhere.

Probably the most fascinating thing about this place is the fantasyland of shapes—almost every rock appears to be an animal, face, or mythical creature. Mixed in with the intricate red rock sculptures are fields of virtually white sandstone with sinuous waves, remnants of ancient sand dunes. In other places, the rock is covered with a thin white crust—salt that has crystallized out of groundwater running through the rock.

We will meet at the Iron Skillet and carpool from there, but the directions to the trail are below.

http://www.birdandhike.com/Hike/GoldButte/L_Finland/_L_Finland.htm




Drive north on I-15 from Las Vegas, exit at #112 (Riverside / Bunkerville), turn right and go 3 miles to cross the Virgin River. Make a right turn at the next road (Gold Butte Road), drive twenty miles on loud bumpy pavement avoiding the free range cows from a nearby dairy farm, and hit the graded dirt road for four more miles. Finally, turn right at the sign that indicates Red Bluff Springs and drive four more miles on a sandy uneven dirt road that requires a high clearance vehicle.

This is a day long adventure, so please come prepared. Bring warm clothing, gloves, hat, water, water, water, a snack or lunch, sturdy boots and most of all bring your camera! Again, we will need a few high clearance vehicles, so as we get closer to the date, I will check to see if we have them.

Disclaimer:

Please be aware that your Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.

The $2 for me is always optional and extremely appreciated. Hiking is free, but we spend hours researching, exploring, planning, writing, posting, and following up on events. We answer emails, phone calls, and texts. We're happy to teach you new trails and techniques, and build a community that's safe and friendly

 

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  • Raul O.

    nice trip

    October 28, 2013

  • Carmen T.

    As Jeff described "A Treasure of Beauty" it was a great day, but not surprised Jeff's hikes are always awesome.

    October 26, 2013

  • Mike

    Thanks Jeff!

    October 26, 2013

  • Susan A.

    Beautiful hike. Thanks Jeff....and Chris and Lisa for the ride, loved that part of the trip too!

    October 26, 2013

  • Jewell

    Great day!

    October 26, 2013

  • Ron B

    Looks like I missed an amazing trip. Wish you would do it a bit later one day.

    October 26, 2013

  • Rosa W.

    Thank you very much Jeff. This is awesome and beautiful. Thank you ... Thank you... Thank you...... hahaha

    October 26, 2013

  • Kevin W.

    Thanks Jeff for an awesome day off hiking and offroading.

    October 26, 2013

  • Twisted J.

    ALL DRIVERS:
    Please list who is riding in your vehicle, so we know who still needs a ride.
    I have Vanessa, Rosa, Jewell and Carmen in my jeep

    2 · October 25, 2013

    • Mike

      Yes.

      October 25, 2013

    • Irina

      Thank you, will be at Iron Skillet at 6am.

      October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi guys, staying out late tonight so I don't think I'll be able to make it.have lots of fun! And take lots of pics! ! :)

    October 26, 2013

  • Irina

    Hi,
    I am new. I hope someone will have room for me. I will check in again at 5:30 am. Thank you.

    October 25, 2013

  • Chris H.

    Chris, lisa& Susan in the jeep so far. room for 1 more

    October 25, 2013

  • Mike

    I have room for 3.

    October 25, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    Do you think gasoline will be an issue? Only have about 250mi range.

    October 25, 2013

  • Ron B

    Hey Jeff, I'm back in town for now and most likely will join with an SUV. However how much clearance will I need or will any 4x4 do (in regards to clearance).
    Take care.

    October 23, 2013

    • Twisted J.

      Clearance isn't really the issue. We will be driving through sand.

      October 24, 2013

  • Holly B.

    Any idea on how long we might be out? I'm wondering if I'd be safe to make plans in the early evening.

    October 23, 2013

    • Twisted J.

      I'm hoping to be back in town by 4pm at the latest...might be much earlier. Just depends on how much we want to explore

      1 · October 24, 2013

  • Hosain

    any remaining for me ?
    pleeeeeez ;)

    October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi all, does anyone have room in their car for 1? Thanks!

    October 21, 2013

    • Raul O.

      Acel cancel so we have space now!!!

      October 22, 2013

  • Raul O.

    hey Jeff...I got Leigh, Myline, Sara and Holly ...and Martha can come too!!!

    October 22, 2013

  • Hosain

    Hello everyone,
    I just joined,
    didn't do hiking before but sooooo interested :)

    is there anyone still have spot for me ?

    October 22, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    Wait I may have said yes to Holly

    October 22, 2013

    • Holly B.

      I'm going with Raul now. Thanks, though!

      October 22, 2013

  • Raul O.

    I have 1 more...

    October 22, 2013

  • Kevin W.

    I have room for 1 in my jeep.

    October 22, 2013

  • Raul O.

    I will bring my truck ...I got space for 4

    October 20, 2013

    • Acel B.

      Thank you Raul!!

      October 21, 2013

    • Acel B.

      Hi Raul, so sorry, I will have to cancel. Thank you .

      October 22, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    I think we do Chris Myself and Susan so should be ok

    October 22, 2013

  • Twisted J.

    Who still needs a ride and who has room in their 4-Wheel drive vehicle???

    October 22, 2013

  • Thomas M.

    Hey Jeff--in my research of the area last year I found a comment from Jim Dunway in early 2010 that the local people report early settlers named the area "Devil's Fire". Only more recently new visitors started calling it Little Finland. Devil's Fire is also fitting with Devil's Throat, the official BLM name, just down the Gold Butte rd a bit.

    October 21, 2013

  • Jewell

    May I ride with you Jeff?

    October 18, 2013

  • Holly B.

    Does anyone still have a space in their vehicle?

    October 21, 2013

  • Carmen T.

    Jeff I realize you have no more spots left and it is ok, I will watch for a spot with another driver thank you.

    October 20, 2013

    • Twisted J.

      Carmen, you will ride with Vanessa and I now.

      October 21, 2013

    • Carmen T.

      Thank you Jeff

      October 21, 2013

  • Sarah Q.

    Jeff, can I take your one spot left? THANK YOU!!!!!

    October 19, 2013

  • Leigh A.

    Raul, may I ride with you?

    October 20, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    We have a Jeep Rubicon and can take two others.

    October 19, 2013

  • Colleen G.

    California

    October 20, 2013

  • Rosa W.

    Hi Jeff, May I take one spot in your car ? Please. :-)

    October 18, 2013

  • Twisted J.

    Please let me know if you have a four wheel drive vehicle and how many you can take. FOUR WHEEL DRIVE IS A MUST ON THIS ADVENTURE AND YOU MUST HAVE A RIDE.

    October 19, 2013

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