Saturday, June 20, 2009

to western states, part VI, more Canyonlands

We knew so little about this park before we got there, but after three days of hiking in, through, over, and in some cases, under it, it is easily a favorite.  The terrain is rugged, with trails marked by cairns, that lead you through washes, across numerous slickrock ledges, up and down through rocky draws, through deep cracks in the rock, and in some cases, over high, barren, windy stretches of steep slickrock when moving from one canyon to another.

We hiked about 30 miles or so in three days, through what's called the Needles section, named for the spires created as millions of years of sediment were eroded away.

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