What we're about

Red Rock Hiking Group: What we do

We're a hiking group based out of Southwest Utah. Our hikes typically are 3-8 miles, with hopefully no more than 2000 feet of climb and usually much less. Very often these hikes are entirely cross-country. It's all about being a big strong kid again, and having a nice low-pressure ramble in the Big Blue Room.

We will try to make the hike descriptions as direct and accurate as possible, but it is up to the individual to know their limits, and choose hikes that are within their hiking level. This means you. Yes, you. If the hiking's too hard for your level, then train and level up until you can do it! Lots of people do, and the benefits are huge.

Check out the "Pages" for hike ratings (https://www.meetup.com/Red-Rock-Hiking/about/) explained and other goodies for hiking.

MISSION STATEMENT

Message from John:
My personal goal for every hike is "Bring 'em back alive!"
After that, it's to have a nice moderately paced hike that often goes on all day and can be quite rough sometimes, oy. Of course, "rough" and "spectacular" are often found together...

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As volunteer hike leaders, we are here to make sure everyone is guided on the particular trail and is accounted for in general. We all come onto the trail together, and we all leave together. Hiking with us is like hiking with friends. When we’re on trail, we work as a team, and never leave anyone behind. If we notice people are getting too far ahead or behind, we make sure we stop regularly, regroup, and continue on trail together. In the end, we are a hiking group, and while it is ultimately up to the individual to keep oneself safe, it is up the group to stay together.

DUES/FEES

In order to keep up the maintenance of the site and other expenses, we request a suggested donation of $1 per hike which you can offer to your event host, who may or may not accept it, up to them. Or you can donate thru the "Chip In!" link on the left column as you desire up to as much as you want to annually, and that helps cover the cost of the site and time for organizer's prep.

Upcoming events (5)

West Zion: Atop West Peak at Sunset

La Verkin Maverick

Rating: 4.5 miles, 800 feet of climbing. Mostly very easy, with one steep, strenuous, and slightly risky 600 foot climb up onto an exposed sandstone dome. About 5-6 hours, includes dilly-dally time on top of West Peak and bugling elk delays. :-) Zion has a 12 person limit in the backcountry. ----------------------------------------------------------------- The purpose of this hike is to climb a huge white sandstone dome very late in the day, then watch the Harvest Moon rise as the sun sets, from atop that spacious, magnificent peak. Then there's plenty of time to scoot back down to the trail before dark, and the return trip is very easy and flat, even in the dark. Once at the Northgate Peaks we select West Peak and attack. First there's 20 minutes of minor cross-country travel to reach its base, followed by a steep, exciting slickrock climb right up the north side to the top. The entire climb is pretty secure, but visually it can be quite intimidating, with naught but pure white rock and air all around. As you might imagine, the view is most impressive. Be aware that this climb is NOT for those who have difficulty with heights. There is significant falling risk, but confident, experienced slickrockers will boogie right up it. Still, you do need steady nerves for this climb. Once on top we should be more or less on time for the West Zion Sunset Show. The top of West Peak is pretty large, so we can spread out a bit and really commune with all the glowing scenery, in case we are early for Moonrise. The full moon will rise less than 30 minutes before the sun sets, hopefully about the time we summit West Peak. It's the ideal location to view such a spectacle. As soon as the sun drops very low we'll reluctantly head back down, easily reaching the bottom well before dark. Then it's off thru the spooky woods, back on the trail, and 2 miles out in an easy flat walk. As a final treat, I expect to hear the bugling of many bull elk as we stroll back along the old road in the moonlit night. One time we heard at least 15-20 different elk in full rut mode, squealing their big hearts out, not so very far off in the dark, still woods. On that occasion the others declared the walk back was the highlight of the entire outing. This was after scaling that rock dome under the Harvest Moon. Go figure! Prep: Shoes with good grip, two liters of water, and sturdy gloves for the rock climbing. A warm sweater for the hike out. You must have a flashlight for the walk out. Meet: 3:30pm at the La Verkin Maverick, then it's 12 miles down the road to Virgin, and up Kolob Reservoir Road 14 paved miles to the Wildcat Trailhead. See you there! :-) ---------------------------------------------------------- Notice: Meetup organizers are not touring 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.

Ashdown Gorge, Aspen Style

Shell

Final Date for Hike: October 3rd is now the official hike date, regardless of the aspen's moods. Keeps yer fingers crossed! :) ---- Rating: 8+ total miles, half on high trails thru woods, then the rest along a very scenic highwall canyon with a wide, shallow running stream. Easy to moderate, but very tiring due to the length. No scary heights! 6-8 hours. Altitude starts at 9000ft and gradually descends to 7000ft, with less than 400ft total climbing. ---- The hike begins at 9000 feet, in thick pine and aspen forests with natural open glades. It's a little up, and a LOT down, on a wonderful official trail that's more like the kind the elk make, in places anyway. :) When that magnificent descent ends, we step into the upper end of mighty Ashdown Gorge. It's a well known, regularly visited backpack/dayhike route and we'll probably see others. Parts of this gorge are rather stunning, particularly at the upper end, where it's narrower and more colorful, if a lot less deep. There's even a big arch far up on the walls. Very pretty. :) Hike: To start, we drive up to the outlet of the gorge and park in the usual spot near the highway, then car shuttle 5 miles up Rt 14 to the Crystal Springs Trailhead (includes 1 mile gravelled road). From there we stroll along the trail to the spring, and thence onto the Potato Hollow Trail, which climbs a bit and then descends a lot. This trail is rarely used and a bit sketchy, but hey, it's downhill! :) After 3.3 miles of mostly descending trail walking we arrive at the upper entrance to Ashdown Gorge. We'll then splash our way down the gorge to the end and the highway. Prep: 2-3 bottles water. Food. Bring shoes or water-shoes (not flip-flops) suitable for walking in a rocky stream. Boots are best for the trail portion, but water shoes will do. Along the stream there's plenty of rubble, so simple falls can result in hand gashes. Leather gloves reduce the risk considerably. A pole helps a LOT during the numerous stream crossings. Two is even better. See you there! :) ----------------------------------------------------------------- Please Note The Following: 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. 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.

Square Top Rock Art Tour

Albertsons

Rating: Under 4 miles total. Easy to moderate, depending on routes taken. Total accumulated climbing will be less than 500 feet. Basic desert hiking skills are needed, but advanced skills are not required. ---- This hike travels thru two square miles of red rock knolls way out in the country west of St George. Hidden among the knolls are four separate rock art sites, and wonderful sites they are too. If you want to see petroglyphs and have a nice semi-tuff hike too, this is the hike for you. This hike is dog friendly, with very few spots where even semi-dangerous falls are possible. The main route of travel is a white-rock-filled wash, draining the side of towering Square Top Mountain, just three miles away. In that wash are occasional manganese "dendrite" patterns (fern-like) that form in flat sandstone cracks, later to be revealed when the rock is split while rolling down a wash. You just might get lucky! Then that same wash suddenly turns into a neat little slot canyon for 100 yards, gloomily complete with swoops, curves, and limpid pools in the low spots. Usually we can get thru okay, but not always, depends on recent flooding history. If we're blocked, there's an easy bypass, so no sweat. The slot travel itself is pretty easy and safe, if possibly soaking wet, oy. Hey, It's the highlite of the hike! Bring your kids! :) The rock art I won't describe except to say there are three large separate groups, plus more in the slot. I believe the Archaics, Ancestral Puebloans and near-modern Piute are all represented. Preservation is excellent. See you there! :) Prep: Plenty of water, typical desert sun gear, leather gloves for falls. Terrain is not too slippery, so poles are optional. The Meet: We meet at 12 Noon at Albertson's in the parking lot, roughly in the center of the lot where there's empty space. The Drive: The drive involves 25 miles of pavement, then 12 miles of good dirt on well-maintained Motoqua road, then 4 miles on a maintained side road and finally 2 miles on a two-track with some soft spots and ruts. This last two miles require 4x4 vehicles to handle a couple of short steep bits adjacent to a wash. Usually we carpool the last miles, so masks may be desirable for some. This final road does have deep ruts and soft sand across flat terrain, and one rocky patch to climb, and sometimes the car will tilt to the side quite a bit in the deeper ruts. Fun beginner stuff. See you there! ----------------------------------------- Please note: 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.

East Zion - Three Sisters Exploratory

La Verkin Maverick

Hike Postponed: Due to high temps, this hike is postponed to Wednesday the 7th of October. Rating: 6 miles, 1800 feet of climb and descent. Ruff tuff Zion back country hiking. Plenty of sand, steep angles, occasional bushes, mind-blowing scenery, the works! ---- This is an epic hike far back in the East Zion backcountry. The scenery is generally very good, and sometimes even better. Most of the actual hiking is pretty fun too, when it's not über-cool, that is! The route goes south from East Canyon Road, starting from a point a couple of miles above the road tunnels. This first mile is the exploratory part, and it could be easy or advanced, won't know till we try it! There's a 900 foot climb in this mile, so we'll be fully warmed up by the time we hit Three Sisters Pass, and break thru to the Other Side. That other side is a ten mile long, two mile wide, South facing bench of red sandstone, riven by colossal vertical canyons that drain directly into Parunuweap Canyon far below to the South. The result is a landscape of high relief and little sand. Plus all approaches involve one pass or another, so visitation is very low indeed. :) My remaining route plan is all well known to me, no prob. It's fantastic stuff on the big bench that I haven't done in a while. Thought I'd pull one more epic hike from my private collection. ;) There are alternate hike routes nearby, in the case that we're completely blocked in the first mile, so there WILL be a great hike, guaranteed. But I'm fairly confident that it will be fine, if perhaps a bit steep. :) To be clear, for anyone in good condition and familiar with high-angle sandstone traversing, this hike should be way fun. But it is pretty lengthy and some spots could get a little "puckery," so be warned. Overall the planned route is a rather tiring all-day outing, but not otherwise too difficult. And the scenery on the hike route is some of the best to be had in all of Zion. Seriously. Prep: Desert hiking basically, so grippy shoes, sun protection, 3 bottles of water, food, and leather gloves. Meet: 8am at the Maverik Station, North side. Then we drive thru Zion and up into East Canyon, to the trailhead. See you there! :) ---------------------------------------------------------- Notice: Meetup organizers are not touring 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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West Zion: Cave Valley and Hoodoos

La Verkin Maverick

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