Paw Hole, Steamboat Rock, Sand Hills Loop und White Pocket, Vermilion Cliffs NM, AZ


 

Nachdem wir uns beim “Rock Crawling” in Kingman, AZ ausgetobt hatten, sind wird ins Vermilion Cliffs NM gefahren, um mit Freunden einige neue Sachen zu erkunden. Am 23. März sind wir über die House Rock Valley Road zu Paw Hole. Wir dachten eigentlich, dass.wir etwas Spaß haben könnten, aber leider gab es nicht all zu viel Sand auf der Strecke. Üblicherweise ist diese Strecke sehr tiefsandig. Nach Paw Hole sind wir in Richtung Sandhills Ranch weitergefahren. An der Kreuzung sind wir dann nach links in Richtung “Coyote Buttes South Permit Area” abgebogen. Hinter dem Gatter zur “Permit Area” geht es dann nach rechts weiter. Diese Route ist offen und es wird nach meinem Wissen kein Permit für das Befahren benötigt. Hier startet nun der Sand Hills Loop. Fährt man auf diesem Trail weiter, so kommt man in die Nähe von Steamboat Rock. Die weiterführende Route formt dann den Sand Hills Loop und führt zurück auf die Verbindungsstrecke von Poverty Flat nach White Pocket. Am Ende eines fast nicht mehr sichtbaren Seitentrails findet man noch einen Hoodoo. Dies ist auch ein sehr guter Ausgangspunkt, so man zu Wolf Knoll wandern möchte. Das Wetter war an diesem Tag nicht wirklich berauschend und es war ziemlich stürmisch, als wir bei White Pocket angekommen sind.

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We aride down at the start of House Rock Valley Road.
The weather was not really looking promising, but good enough to have a nice day.
House Rock Valley Rd. was in excellent shape.
The Coyote Buttes area/Cockscombs in front of us.
We turned right at Lone Tree trail head and went up towards Paw Hole.
It took me some time to get my Hi-Hi in with my new Atlas 4 transfer case.
Paw Hole in front of us...
Nice formations all around...
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Not much rain on the road...
We stopped, so that I was able to go back into normal Hi with the transfer case :).
Still a nice vicinity...
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The famous 'Sitting Hen' was still there...
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Wayne was behind me and the tailgunner was Mike, who came a couple of times with us into the Vermilion Cliffs NM.
On our way to the CBS permit area.
We went through the gate and took an immediate right.
That trail goes towards Steamboat Rock.
Steamboat Rock in front of us.
This road did also not have too much sand.
But one has to consider, that he probably has to go back up here, if he doesn't´t want to drive the complete Sand Hills Loop.
Steamboat Rock...
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Wayne and...
...Mike also arrived and we had a short stop to take some pictures.
The rear end of Steamboat Rock...
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Last time we turned around here, but this time, we wanted to drive the complete Sand Hills Loop.
We stopped along the way and found a tremendous amount of Moki Marbles.
Modi Marbles all over...
Steamboat Rock behind us...
...and White Pocket in front of us.
I climbed up a little bit to have a better view. The jeeps had been parked down there.
One more shot of Steamboat Rock.
Closeup shot of Steamboat Rock...
... and of the Moki Marbles.
We continued and went left on an almost invisible side trail after climbing up that rocky section.
We had our lunch break here and I hiked around a little bit. This is also a good starting point for a hike to Wolf Knoll.
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Nice vicinity...
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And interesting formations...
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View towards Wolf Knoll.
White Pocket is also not far away.
The Hoodoo...
White Pocket from along the trail.
This trail back to the connecting road from Poverty Flat to White Pocket was partly pretty sandy and always goes uphill.
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We arrived at the gate. On the other side is the trail, coming from Sand Hills Ranch.
The weather at White Pocket did not look too promising.
We went up the hill and down the other side and soon arrived at the parking area of White Pocket.
The formations had been great as always.
Upcoming weather...
We enjoyed the area...
...and sometimes, the sun came out.
Wayne and Mike chatting...
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...It got very heavy and we got almost sandblasted. So we left after taking a good number of pictures from White Pocket.
On our way back to the parking area.
We went out the route via Big Sink connector...
...and stopped at the Condor Observation Point.
We aired up...
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...and went back to Cliff Dwellers Lodge.
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Tracklog: Paw Hole, Steamboat Rock, Sand Hills Loop und White Pocket, Vermilion Cliffs NM, AZ (69 Downloads)

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