|Rabbitbrush fills the canyon with golden blossoms.|
|Following the fresh bear tracks for the first two hours. Shouting "hey" around all the blind corners just like when I hiked in Montana. Even though there are "only" black bears in Utah, I still don't want to startle one.|
Seeing the fresh bear tracks made me nervous since I was going solo and tend to be a quiet hiker. So I was happy to meet a friendly couple near the trailhead who were just finishing a long hike who reported they hadn't had any trouble. They also reported that there was only one place with flowing clear water but that I would have no trouble finding it. They were the only people I saw all day so I was glad for such good intel.
|After ominous clouds move through all morning, finally large raindrops splash on rocks and fill the air with the scent of rain.|
|The burn area near the side canyon to Angel Arch.|
|Angel Arch really is quite spectacular especially in real life and made a satisfying turn-around point.|
|Trying to hide from the wind behind a juniper. I moved my bear canister far from camp before bed. Thankfully there were no critters to bother me during the night.|
|How could I have missed this arch the first day?|
|Becker’s white (Pontia beckerii)|
|Checkered white (Pontia protodice)|
|Field crescent (Phyciodes pulchella)|
Permits are required for camping in Canyonlands National Park.
Bear canisters are required for overnight trips to Salt Creek Canyon. I brought my own but you can also borrow them for free from the Needles visitor center. You also need to pack out your poop in a wag bag.
Salt Canyon has a rich history of the Ancestral Puebloan and Fremont peoples. The Salt Creek Archaeological District is on the National Register of Historic Places. I have chosen to not publish my photos of archaeological sites and pictographs that I saw in order to help protect them and to allow others to “discover” them on their own. Do your part to help protect the archaeological sites and pictographs by staying off them and not touching them.
Dates: September 23-24, 2017