Trip Report

Spiral Jetty/Staying Local

Sometimes it is just nice to stay home.  As much as I love any weekend in the desert, occasionally a few calm days at home really hit the spot.  One great thing about Salt Lake is that there are amazing places to explore here in town.  

After some spring cleaning and furniture re-positioning (which made for a few new and exciting hiding places for Kenneth and Emmy) we decided to head out and check out the Spiral Jetty.  Located on the north side of the Great Salt Lake, the Spiral Jetty is an art project built in 1970  by Robert Smithson.  A 15' wide path of basalt rock extends from the shore and into the shallows of the lake.  It then spirals counter-clockwise in on itself - check it out here.  Depending on the current water level of the lake, the Spiral Jetty can either be fully submerged, completely dry, or just barley rising above the water.  On Saturday, it was totally dry and with our current snowpack, will likely stay that way for some time.

Salt Lake is a great place to call home.  With easy access to the mountains and the desert, there are a ton of opportunities for exciting activities.  From rock climbing to canyoneering to just plain checking out 1970's art installations that are visible from space (but really, what isn't visible from space these days?), there are a ton of options to explore and with a little extra planning, Kenneth and Ember can get out to enjoy the places that I love.

Now back to real life.  Hopefully I can make it to at least Tuesday afternoon before I start planning the trip next weekend...


Putting the "cat" in Alcatraz Canyon

Putting the "cat" in Alcatraz Canyon

1:30 AM and we are driving down a dusty desert road.  The music has been turned down to an imperceptible volume to help us accurately track our mileage.

 

24.5 and then turn right.  7.1 miles later, turn right again. Take a slight left 0.1. miles after that. Follow this road 6.6 miles and make another right. 0.5 miles later, stay left and 2.5 miles later keep an eye out for the canyon.

After we felt that we were sufficiently lost in Robber's Roost, the road emptied onto a wide patch of slickrock.  200' later, the road ended.  This was not a case of the road subtly coming to an end with a posted sign; the road ended with a 120' drop into the start of Alcatraz Canyon.  We set up camp nearby and rested up for our adventure the following day.

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Angel Slot, North Wash, UT

Angel Slot, North Wash, UT

 

It isn't hard to find new zones in Utah that I have never visited. I have lived in Utah over 8 years and typically get out camping or climbing more than 20 or 30 weekends each year. And yet, this is the second weekend in a row (last weekend was Moonshine Wash, just south of Green River) that I have gone somewhere that I have never visited.

Angel Slot is the first technical Canyon that Kenneth and Millie have completed. This meant that we had a few more down climbs and some rappels to descend.

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Moonshine Wash

Moonshine Wash

The internet is amazing.  There is so much information available online.  Right now, I am referring to the huge amount of canyoneering routes and beta that is floating around somewhere in the internet tubes.  you just have to know where to look.

We decided on Moonshine Wash for a few reasons.  It is not extremely long, which makes it a great option for the cats.  It also looked to be extremely photogenic.  Most of all, it was in a zone that I had never even looked at on a map.  We wanted to go just to help us fill in some of the gaps in our personal Utah travels.

Moonshine Wash lies 25 or so miles south of Green River, UT.

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