hike: range creek canyon

An all-day outing (or car camp option) to Range Creek Canyon in the Book Cliffs/ Tavaputs Plateau area of eastern Utah. Range Creek Canyon, known for its Fremont culture archaeology, has areas of remote forested canyon and high desert valley with a clear, cold perennial stream running through it all the way to the Green River. Access is via an "interesting" 8 mile stretch of unimproved narrow dirt road (moderate clearance vehicles recommended) and skirts some steep drop-offs. The former ranch road (12.5 miles one way) serves as the main trail for visitors- access from the North Gate only. The attraction is hiking in a fairly pristine, non-motorized, flat-bottomed valley- an almost unheard of experience in 21st century America. I will be car camping for 3 nights at the North Gate- a dry 'flat' surrounded by forested hills. Participants will need to arrange their own transportation or carpools and meet me at the North Gate (all-day outing from the Salt Lake Valley at dawn (a 3.5 hour drive from Salt Lake Valley) or car camp. I can provide a road map. Participants can hike the main trail either day for any distance and at their own pace. On Sunday, I will be planning on a 25 mile, early start, fast-paced hike. In 2011, our group of 10 did a 13 mile hike, we were the only 'public' permit holders to show-up, and we had the entire upper canyon almost to ourselves. A maximum of 28 public visitors are permitted per day. The area is under the direction of the Utah Museum of Natural History, and participants can check permit availability/ secure their own permits for specific date(s) ahead of time from the website: www.nhmu.utah.edu/range-creek (cost = $1.00). It is advisable to sign-up by June 1st at the latest [Note: Dogs allowed, but must be under control. No mountain biking or overnight camping is allowed inside the North Gate].

Route:Out & Back
Organizer:Michael Berry
Phone:801-583-4721
Date:Sat Jun 8 2013
Meeting Place:Registration required

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