Mini White Pocket, Hole In The Rock Arch and White Pocket, Vermilion Cliffs NM, AZ

In march, 2016, we showed some good friends a nice round trip from House Rock Valley Road to Big Sink and from Big Sink to an area called Mini White Pocket (we called it earlier “Scrambled Rocks”). From Mini White Pocket, we went to Hole In The Rock Arch and had lunch there. From Hole In The Rock Arch, we drove towards White Pocket. Along this connecting road is also a knoll, called Pottery Knoll. We had a short stop there and hiked around a little bit, but did not see a lot of pottery. Further along that road, we tried to spot the “Tall Man” petroglyph. But for some reason, we did not find it. After a short distance, we arrived at White Pocket. After having an extensive photo session at White Pocket, we went back to House Rock Valley Road via Poverty Flat.

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On our way up to Big Sink.
Close to the turn off to White Pocket. But we continued straight, to drive to Big Sink Valley.
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After some time, we arrived in Big Sink Valley. The trail to the right leads to the connecting trail from Pine Tree Road to Mexican Sink. The trail to the left leads up to Big Sink Ranch and the road, which goes straight, is going to the upper route.
The Brain Rocks in Big Sink Valley and Big Sink Valley Ranch above.
We went up to the ranch (be careful, this is very steep and very sandy) and went straight through to follow a seldom travel route.
After a short distance, we stopped and explored an area, which is located on the right side.
It looked pretty interesing from below...
Shane, exploring this area...
A little bit similar to White Pocket, but not as colorful...
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Scrambled rocks...
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This is the most interesting sculpture...
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The sitting lizard...
Very nice...
Closeup shot...
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View from below...
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Astrid, exploring the area.
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One more last shot from that sculpture...
View from the trail...
Almost back at the jeeps. The Mini White Pocket area in the background.
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We continued on that road. I got told, it is extremely sandy, but infact it was easy to drive that day.
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Crossroad... Left goes to White Pocket, right goes to Hole In The Rock Arch and straight goes to Frank´s Tank.
We went right and followed the easy trail.
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A small arch in this formation.
Coming closer to Hole In The Rock Arch.
Hole In The Rock Arch, close to us.
We stopped, where the road turns 90 degrees to the right. That road goes up to the upper route.
We stopped and had lunch here.
Lunch stop...
We went back the road, we came out here.
We stopped to do a hike to Pottery Knoll.
Shane´s JK...
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After some time, we left and stopped near Frank´s Tank.
We stopped there and hiked up to the cliffs, but did not spot the "Tall man" petroglyph.
White Pocket was also visible from here.
After a short distance, we had been at White Pocket and had a long photo session.
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View towards Wolf Knoll...
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White Pocket on our way out...
A sandy road towards Poverty Flat.
Astrid was our gate keeper.
We stopped at Sand Hills Ranch and took some pictures.
Sand Hills Ranch....
We left from the ranch and went out via the Coral Valley route.
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Tracklog: Mini White Pocket, Hole In The Rock Arch and White Pocket, Vermilion Cliffs, AZ (111 downloads)

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