Hiking Trails and Trips

Looking back at wash behind foothill Photo
Beginning of ridge line to cliff bands  Photo
Cedar Pockets camp ground Photo
Cliff band beehive Photo
Peak 3958 - Mountain Sheep Spring quad
by steve625 on Apr 18, 2014
Cedar Pockets, Arizona, USA
Hiking | 4.2 miles
Good Friday and Easter weekend.  This always causes quite an internal debate about where to go hiking.  Zion National Park is stunning this time of year, but so are the crowds. The Virgin River gorge is getting warm and with all the road construction I was positive that I-15 would be backed up for miles.  I eventually decided to go to the gorge, but to split the difference in half and stop...
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Peak 2947 & 3085 - Frenchman Mountain quad
by steve625 on Mar 22, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Hiking | 3.4 miles
Taylor Creek Trail information sign Photo
Beautiful class 1 Taylor Creek Trail Photo
Taylor Creek crossing Photo
Boulder waterfalls of Taylor Creek Photo
Peak 6728 - Kolob Arch quad
by steve625 on Feb 22, 2014
Kolob Canyons, Utah, USA
Hiking | 6.3 miles
Un-der-es-ti-mate: verb; estimate (something) to be smaller or less important than it actually is... underrate, underappreciate, be wrong about...There's not a picture of Kolob Canyons in the dictionary about underestimate; but there should be.  I have hiked Kolob Canyons for years and I have yet - to get - any kind of estimate, that is correct, as to time and distance.  Today was no exception.  I was going to meet my wife,...
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Peak 3528 - Castle Cliff quad
by steve625 on Feb 17, 2014
Near Beaver Dam, AZ, Utah, USA
Hiking | 2.3 miles
Just a short up and down hike to a ranked peak in the Castle Cliff quad. The approach is the longest section of this class 2 moderate hike. Sitting on the southwest side of Tabeau peak, the summit offers impressive views of the shear cliff face of Tabeau peak.
View from my parking area, hike up road Photo
View of cliff bands and Rocky Outcropping Photo
View down route to water tank and parked vehicle Photo
The Grinch Photo
Peak 5060 & 5042
by steve625 on Feb 15, 2014
Near Beaver Dam, AZ, Utah, USA
Hiking | 6.0 miles
Warm weather once again had me dreaming of powder skiing while packing my sunscreen lotion and hiking poles.  Don't get me wrong, but it is the middle of February.  Best part about today is... I have all day.  No rush to meetings, no appointments, no set time to be home.  I gave Peak 5060 a serious look over on my gentle stroll of Peak 4370 a week ago. I had even planned...
View of route along rolling ridge line Photo
Easy/moderate class 2 stroll Photo
Tabeau Peak  Photo
Marker with compass headings  Photo
Peak 4370 - Mountain Sheep Spring quad
by steve625 on Feb 08, 2014
Mojave Desert, Nevada, USA
Hiking | 2.4 miles
A last minute weekend trip found me heading south to Las Vegas.  I didn't have to be in Las Vegas until after 4:00 pm and the time zone change gave me a few hours hiking as I pass through the Virgin River Gorge. Take exit #8 for Beaver Dam and follow the Old Hwy-91 north through town and up Utah Hill.  A prominent brown sign marking "Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Road Scenic...
View from parking area of peak 3780 Photo
View of peak 3780 from part way up ridge line ramp Photo
The most common form of trash I pick up on mountains Photo
Another view up ridge line ramp Photo
Peak 3780 - Mountain Sheep Spring quad
by steve625 on Jan 24, 2014
Cedar Pockets, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 4.2 miles
A weather system high continues to push winter storm patterns to the east, and with it gorgeous blue skies and mild temperatures for hiking and exploring remain.  I love the Virgin  River Gorge, the extreme rugged nature of the upturned land is a labyrinth of cliff bands and slot canyons.  My grandfather used to tell stories of herding sheep through this area on his way to the Las Vegas railroad stations for...
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Peak 6840-1 Route Exploration
by steve625 on Jan 20, 2014
Kolob Canyons, Utah, United States
Hiking | 4.0 miles
 Spent the afternoon doing some route exploration in hopes of finding a scramble route through the high saddle to the summit of Peak 6840-1.  The high saddle is reachable, but no scramble route through the cliff face.  Any summit of Peak 6840-1 will be a class 5 climb.
Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Road Scenic Backway road Photo
Tabeau Peak - Jarvis Peak quad Photo
Tabeau Peak - Jarvis Peak quad Photo
Route view back to parked vehicle Photo
Tabeau Peak - Jarvis Peak quad
by steve625 on Jan 10, 2014
Beaver Dam, Arizona, United States
Hiking | 2.8 miles
"The last storm was a bust - 1 inch storm total in 48 hours."  Not exactly the powder alert I was hoping to receive when I went to bed Thursday night.  With major storms dumping snow in northern Utah, I was hoping for a little spill-over onto the southern resorts.  Nope, nada. However, temperatures are expected to reach 62 degrees in St. George, if you can't beat them, join them sounded like the theme...
Timber Creek Overlook Trail trailhead information sign Photo
Timber Creek Overlook Trail 1/2 mile Photo
Picnic area Photo
Raised walkway  Photo
Timber Creek Overlook Trail
by steve625 on Jan 08, 2014
Kolob Canyons, Utah, United States
Hiking | 1.2 miles
The weather is to beautiful to not get out and enjoy it.  I knocked off work early, grabbed my pack and headed out the door.  I had planned on hiking Pace Knoll, but no matter how early off work I was, driving, checking in at the Zion National Park visitor center, and driving to the end of the short 5 mile loop, took it's toll.  By the time I parked and check...
Peak 6396 Photo
Rocky Hike - Terrain view Photo
Rocky hillside - Terrain view Photo
Peak 5860 Photo
Peak 6396 - New Harmony quad
by steve625 on Jan 04, 2014
Pintura, Utah, United States
Hiking | 1.4 miles
Peak 6396 is peak number two in a series of 3 ranked peaks in a row.  Broader, wider and higher than the first peak in the series (Peak 5860), Peak 6396 is approached by continuing to follow fire road 929 to it's end.  One of the gullies that the fire road passed through was washed out, so I parked at a nice wide area (fire pit included) and hiked the remaining 1/8...
Peak 5860 Photo
Peak 5860 Ridge line view Photo
Ridge line boulders Photo
Summit view south Photo
Peak 5860 - New Harmony quad
by steve625 on Dec 28, 2013
Pintura, Utah, United States
Hiking | 0.7 miles
Peak 5860 is peak number one in a series of 3 ranked peaks in a row.  I've had my eye on these peaks for some time now, but didn't quite know how to approach them.  Visible from I-15, I would scope out the surrounding area driving by for signs of roads or fence lines.  With Christmas over and my family all heading in different directions today, I decided to explore the area...
False summit peak 2498 Photo
Summit View South-southwest Photo
Summit View West  Photo
Peak 2568 Photo
Peak 2498 - Frenchman Mountain quad
by steve625 on Dec 14, 2013
Frenchman Mountain quad, Nevada, United States
Hiking | 2.1 miles
It's finally starting to warm up.  The last 2 weeks have seen below normal temperatures over most the nation, thankfully snow at the higher elevations, but even with the new powder, it's hard to become motivated for skiing with -25 wind chill factors.  The bright sun, blue bird sky, and 50 degree warmth is just what the doctor ordered.It's a short day of hiking for me.  While my wife attends to her...
Cinder Cone Trailhead Photo
Cinder Cone  Photo
View down cone to trail Photo
Trail view north, sister cones Photo
Cinder Cone - Santa Clara quad
by steve625 on Nov 14, 2013
Near Snow Canyon, Utah, United States
Hiking | 1.1 miles
After a full morning of racquetball and yet another breakfast I couldn't eat entirely (massive sweet cream pancakes, yum) at the Black Bear Diner, I was going to meet some friends for an afternoon of hiking to Red Mountain, an overlook into Snow Canyon.  With some time to kill I visited my favorite hiking/climbing store in St. George area; The Desert Rat.  The store has everything you need to hike and climb,...
View up trail Photo
Trail view of Pine Valley Peak Photo
Trail view of Red Butte Photo
View back down trail to parking area and Kolob Resevoir Rd. Photo
Windy Peak - Kolob Terrace
by steve625 on Nov 09, 2013
The Guardian Angels quad, Utah, United States
Hiking | 1.2 miles
Short up and back hike to the tallest point in The Guardian Angels quad.  The result is instant beautiful views of the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park.   
Big Horn Sheep Photo
John Photo
Destination Peak Photo
View between Gifford and Destination Peak Photo
Gifford Canyon Loop - Springdale East quad
by steve625 on Nov 01, 2013
East Zion, Utah, United States
Hiking | 6.0 miles
Just a fun backcountry hike with some friends from out of town.  We followed the Hepworth - Roof Peak route without climbing the summits.  Stunning views from "Lands End Hoodoo" and a perfect day to be in the park.
Trail head Photo
Potato Knoll at the base of Mount Wilson Photo
Stunning Red Rock Photo
Maintained Trail system Photo
Potato Knoll - Blue Diamond quad
by steve625 on Oct 19, 2013
Blue Diamond quad, Nevada, USA
Hiking | 4.0 miles
The dog.  I'm stuck with my wife's dog today. She's not a bad dog, I'm just not a dog person.  Someone once told me that the trouble with dog lovers is; they think everyone is a dog lover.  To make things worse, our dog is a couch potato.  I mean laying in the sun couch potato, to her the biggest form of exercise is moving from the sun to lay on the...
Wash trail hiking Photo
Wash trail hiking Photo
Wash trail hiking Photo
Wash begins to narrow Photo
Mount Woody - Hidden Canyon
by steve625 on Oct 18, 2013
Blue Diamond NE quad, Nevada, United States
Hiking | 6.8 miles
It's going to be a beautiful day! I pull into the wide open parking lot just off the 215 on W Cheyenne Ave.  Seriously?  Only 4 vehicles in the parking lot.  Two of which are horse trailers.  I expected the lot to be packed, this is the perfect time of year for hiking in the Las Vegas area, with temperatures expected to be 72 degrees today, I can't think of anything else...
Trailhead Photo
Switchbacks to first saddle Photo
Rocky trail around minor peak Photo
Mount Belknap Photo
Mount Baldy - 12,122'
by steve625 on Oct 02, 2013
Mount Belknap quad, Utah, United States of America
Hiking | 6.7 miles
Final attempt.  At least that's the way it seems, the weather forecast is for nice but windy weather today with the wind blowing 7-15 mph before noon, then rising in the afternoon to 15 - 25.  The stronger winds are blowing in a storm which is expected to drop more snow on the mountain side.  At 12,000' feet, even the snow from the last storm is hanging in the shadows.  It remains...
Red Butte Photo
Wash trail hiking Photo
Zion National Park Boundry Sign Photo
Trail view east across Hop Valley Photo
Peak 6920 - Burnt Mountain Attempt
by steve625 on Sep 28, 2013
Kolob Arch quad, Utah, United States
Hiking | 8.2 miles
Just a day of hiking.  That's all I was really looking for, a nice stroll along a beautiful backcountry route where the odds of running into anyone are remote.  I had reviewed several possible trails, which fit the bill, then I remembered my previous attempt at Burnt Mountain and decided this was the perfect opportunity to try again.   My intended route was a long shot at best, even Google Earth, blended and...

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