Spider Butte, West Clark Bench, UT


 

Spider Butte is a little secret, not known to many people. It was first documented by Dave, who provided me with the necessary informations to find this wonderful small area. It is located in the West Clark Bench region, close to Buckskin Gulch. Alf, Moni and Claudia joined me for this trip. We started from New Paria and drove up Long Canyon Rd. We followed the road towards Paria Canyon and stopped not far away from the Middle Trail parking area. It is a short, but sandy hike to Spider Butte. Dave named it Spider Butte, because on the satellite pictures it looks, like a spider is sitting on that mesa. This is a fantastic location with a lot of foto options.
From there we continued on the road and drove to the end above Paria Canyon. This is a nice overlook to get an impression of Paria Canyon.

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We started from New Paria and went up Long Canyon Rd.
Long Canyon Rd....
There was a minor ledge along the road towards Paria Canyon. Alf did not have any problem in going down.
Spider Butte in the distance.
Jack Rigg Bench in the background.
We are coming closer to Spider Butte.
Claudia and Alfred, hiking to Spider Butte.
Nice view...
We arrived in the Spider Butte area.
Hike around Spider Butte.
Nice and interesting structures...
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A turtle....
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Once more Jack Riggs Bench...
We are coming closer to a formation, Dave called 'The Goose'.
The Goose
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Nce views all around...
'The Goose' from the other side.
Moni and me climbed up to the top of Spider Butte...
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Paria Canyon should be somewhere in the background.
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There is a small arch up there.
The two ladies, having a rest...
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It seemed almost like some silver color was running down the wall.
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Different shades of grey.
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At the bottom of Spider Butte.
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Back at 'The Goose'. We hiked about 2 hours around Spider Butte. Then we had a short lunch break.
From there we followed a sandy road to the rim of Paria Canyon.
The last steep downhill portion.
Paria Canyon...
Paria Canyon...
Paria Canyon...
Paria Canyon...
Hiking back to the jeep...
Alfred coming up the steep and sandy climb.
He made it look easy.
We explored side trail, which ended at a well. It was nice and green here, but no water in the natural tank area.
Then we drove back the sandy road...
...and stopped at the Middle Trail parking area. From there it was a short hike to the rim above Buckskin Gulch. This is a very nice viewpoint.
White Pocket in the background.
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Steamboat Rock...
Nice view...
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On the way back, Alfred again easily jumped up the rocky ledge.
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Nice views all over...
We followed a lesser road for a short distance...
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Coyote Buttes North in the background.
Then we headed back and down Long Canyon Rd.
Time to say goodbye for today. Alfred, Moni and Claudia went back to Kanab, while I visited a Shane, who was on his property here in New Paria.
Later, I went back to Cliff Dwellers via House Rock Valley Rd.
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Tracklog: Spider Butte, West Clark Bench, UT (83 downloads)

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