What we're about

This is a hiking group for those who enjoy a little challenge off the beaten path and who also like to take some time to breathe, photograph, or meditate and contemplate the various environments we explore--inner and outer. If you are fit enough for a few miles and some cross-country and some scrambling--singles, friends, or couples-- and like to explore, come and join us!

Upcoming events (2)

Yellow Knolls Wash, Virgin River Gorge

Walmart Supercenter

Yellow Knolls Wash is quite scenic with its colorful slickrock sections and large chunks of limestone tumbled down from far above, but once we climb out of the upper wash below the towering cliffs of the Gorge the show really begins. We will hike across a slickrock plateau right under cliffs that soar 1,500 feet above us and contain the same layers found in the upper part of the Grand Canyon. The return hike along a gentle ridge above the wash will take us through areas of slickrock domes, Joshua trees, and large barrel cacti, with expansive views of the Gorge.

See below for more photos from this hike.

The hike as planned will be about 4 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing, with the option of additional exploration in the most scenic areas if desired. The pace will be moderate and we will take time to look at fine details as well as the grand views. The route is generally not very steep but when hiking up the wash there will be several spots where we will need to bypass small dry falls by scrambling up short loose or blocky slopes, and on the return leg there will be a few short steeper sections especially when descending the slickrock domes.

For those interested in the geology of this area, the exposed cliffs in this part of the Virgin River Gorge show the following layers, from top (younger) to bottom (older):
— Kaibab Limestone (the layer that forms the Grand Canyon’s rim)
— Toroweap Formation (including thick gypsum layers from ancient playas)
— Coconino Sandstone
— Hermit Formation (the “red beds” of the Grand Canyon)
— Esplanade Sandstone (which forms the extensive Esplanade plateau within the Grand Canyon).

Bring the usual hiking essentials for a 4-5 hour hike, including grippy boots, extra layers of clothing appropriate for fall temperatures, food, and water. And bring your camera!

The “trailhead” is simply an area of very wide shoulder along southbound I-15 about 15 miles south of St George. It will be necessary to slither under a barbed wire fence to start the hike. This is the same “trailhead” used to visit the petroglyphs near the Virgin River in the other direction from our hike.

This hike is limited to 5 people to preserve its mindfulness.

We will respect the comfort levels of participants regarding Covid-19 so please be sure to bring a mask in case it is needed for the carpooling drive, and be prepared to share your vaccination status if you think it's necessary.

—— Meet at:
Bloomington Walmart parking lot, on its eastern edge immediately west of Dickie’s BBQ. To access from I-15 take Exit 4 (Brigham Road). Look for a silver SUV with colorful streamers flying above it.

—— Special Notice:
Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would 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 injury to themselves or their guests.

By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup 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.

Yankee Meadows and Vermilion Castle Trail

Chevron - Terrible's

Rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 24 due to recent heavy snows...

Yankee Meadows out of lower Parowan Canyon is an enchanting wonderland of Fall colors and magical rocky spires, and dancing golden aspen! I have visited twice recently and will return again this Sunday.
That's how much I love it! We'll have opportunities to quench our visual appetite of photographing and wandering in golden aspen groves that seem to dance; drive along from one scenic view of the rock formations and Fall palettes of color to another; clamber up the Vermilion Castle trail for hundreds of more perspectives of rocky spires and countryside; and relax into a restful picnic to keep taking it all in. We can also visit the reservoir for some water reflection moments, as well.

Option of Vermilion Castle hike will be a little uphill challenge as it is a series of switchbacks with some scrambly, gravely areas and EXCEPTIONAL views as you ascend and descend. I did this hike last week and it was awesome! Under two miles round trip, the trail nonetheless climbs about 700 ft, switchbacking mostly. As you hike the sandstone gravel begins to alternate with solid slabs of sandstone until near the top you find yourself unexpectedly looking at some very oddly-shaped conglomerates. The trail then flattens a bit and crosses a ridge that provides fantastic views down the valley. One last climb past some ponderosa pines and the exposed fiery red spires are revealed. There's a lovely group of yellow rocks to explore, also. We can ascend as much as we feel comfortable and competent. I would recommend grippy hiking shoes, hiking sticks and gloves.

There are many options in this wonderland and we will explore as we see fit for us.

Bring 2 litres of water, power snacks and lunch, and extra beverages, etc for our picnic and après hike recuperation.

The drive: approx 70 miles from St. George to the Yankee Meadows turnoff and about 6 miles on the paved road within the Meadows itself with about 2 additional graveled road miles to the reservoir, a little washboardy on this last part.

Another option for our return to St. George is taking the high road road from 14 over to Kolob Reservoir, which is paved for a few miles, then dirt and gravel and probably best traveled in a car with some clearance. Along this high road we will see more aspen groves and wide views of Cedar Breaks--then the Kolob Reservoir and beautiful West Zion views as we descend into Virgin.

Message me with any questions! Or text with your name in the message to: fore 3 five three won nine 9 six oh 7!

Bring a mask if you care to for carpooling options and be prepared to donate some gas money to the drivers.

—— Special Notice:
Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would 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 injury to themselves or their guests.

By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup 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.

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Whiterocks Slickrock Exploration, Snow Canyon

Snow Canyon

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