On our last morning, we woke up, and carefully broke down camp….and pulled the sweet potatoes out of the fire. They had cook so perfectly, so amazingly- that they made our breakfast burritos- soooooo goooooood! They were almost caramelized, and with green chili…. Oh man.
Once came was packed up, we drove down to the Hickman Natural Bridge- trailhead, and began- what was supposed to be, a 45min- 1.5hr approach(took like 3).
Rather than turning left for Hickman, we followed the trail to Rim Overlook, then departed the trail up a wash.
We took a break before scrambling up the wash- to find some dead tree that has an obvious class 3 behind it?– took a while to find.
We walked along these beautiful multi- colored bands of rocks to a saddle, then we spread out one of us took high, middle, and low to find the rappel anchor off to our left… somewhere– not exactly well marked.
We worked our way along the steep ridge, and then FINALLY found the rappel anchor. Instead of a deep slot canyon, the beginning of this canyon was wide open, and brushy, with loose rock, and then finally a bouldery down climb.
We arrived at our first down climb, and interesting slot section- that you need to use the wedged tree a little bit to descend…come to find out it was actually a rappel.
This was our last view of a sun for a while, we worked our way through a tight slot, squirming single file, shimming over muddy puddles- it was a blast!
The view from the last rappel was beautiful- with all the fall colors!
As soon as we hit the ground, we had to bushwhack back out onto the main trail- It was already 2:30- and we had at least 7 hours of driving to do!
We made one stop in Hanksville to gas up, and get out- I realized that we hadn’t been sending spot messages… and everyone at home was really worried. Luckily, they had not called out the cavalry yet, and they knew we were okay, there was no service at all back there.
We had so much fun, and I was lucky that my knee had decided to play nicely, and not snap again this trip. Looking forward to more desert fun in the spring!