Two Mile Spring, Four Springs, Lunch Spot Arch und Paw Hole, Vermilion Cliffs NM


 

Im Juli 2016 habe ich mich mit Freunden aus New Paria getroffen, um sie auf eine Erkundungstour entlang des westlichen Rims des Vermilion Cliffs NM mitzunehmen. Von früheren Besuchen wusste ich, dass es noch einige Nebentrails am westlichen Rim gibt, welche ich bis dato noch nicht erkundet hatte. Wir haben uns am Start der Corral Valley Route getroffen und sind von dort aus wieder etwas Richtung Süden zurückgefahren, um eine andere Strecke in das Vermilion Cliffs NM zu nehmen. Dieser Trail trifft nach kurzer Zeit auf die Rim Route, welche parallel zum westlichen Rim verläuft. Abgehend von diesem Trail haben wir drei Strecken in Richtung Rim exploriert. Am Nachmittag sind wir dann über eine weitere Route, welche ich bis dahin noch nicht gefahren war, zurück zur Pine Tree Road gefahren. Über die Pine Tree Road habe ich meine Bekannten dann zurück zur House Rock Valley Road gebracht. Da ich noch etwas Zeit hatte, bin ich dann von Lone Tree aus die Route über Paw Hole zur Sandhills Ranch gefahren. Ich wollte einfach einmal ausprobieren, wie sich dieser Anstieg bei extrem trockenen Sand fährt. Tatsächlich gab es dabei keine Schwierigkeiten und ich bin dann von Poverty Flat aus über Corral Valley zurück zur House Rock Valley Road gefahren.

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House Rock Valley Road, shortly before I arrived at the Coral Valley entrance to the Vermilion Cliffs NM.
We headed then back south to enter the west rim region via a different road. There had been a couple of gates, which had to be opened and closed.
We headed in the first side road to the right (if I remember correctly) and stopped almost at the end.
We parked our jeeps and checked out, what´s going on here.
The area had some interesting formations.
We also found some small things, which seemed to be indian culture.
A lot to explore...
And the opposite side...
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The road continues further down...
Below is an operating ranch...
Rim...
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And nice rim views...
This is the ongoing trail, which eventually leads down to the ranch at Two Mile Spring.
View...
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Nice and interesting rock formations.
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Two white Rubicon's !
Tom, waiting in the shade...
One more picture of my jeep. We left from there, went out another road, which turned off from a water tank, which is located a little bit further up. This road eventually connects back to the west side rim route. A little bit further, we first explored a road, which did not offer anything. We went in to the end and immediately headed out again. Continuing on the western rim connecting route, we went in the next side trail.
This route forked a little bit further in and we had chosen the right fork. The ongoing trail brings one to the Four Springs area. And the trail ends at an arch. We did not find out the name of that arch, so we named it 'Lunch Spot Arch'. As there was some heavy wind, we took our chairs and had our lunch under the arch. This is, why we named it Lunch Spot Arch.
Zoomed view. Tom and Esperanza, enjoying lunch.
Shane and me hiked a little bit around and explored the area.
Great scenery...
A lot of formations to visit...
... and a huge area.
Somewhere up there is the arch.
View...
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Also some darker rocks...
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The rim...
That´s, where we had to go back up again.
Lunch Spot Arch...
...and a zoomed version.
We headed out via a new road, which broad us back to Pine Tree Road.
Then I went in via Lone Tree Reservoir.
I thought, I will test, how the Paw Hole climb is, when the sand is really try.
It was a nice run up and not too difficult (for me with my rig).
The Paw Hole area...
...and 'Sitting Hen'.
The ongoing road towards Sand Hills Ranch.
I stopped for a moment at the ranch to take some shoots.
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...and left then via Corral Valley.
Wonderful view on the way back.
Back at Pine Tree Road. A right turn brings one back to House Rock Valley Road.
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Tracklog: Two Mile Spring, Four Springs, Lunch Spot Arch und Paw Hole, Vermilion Cliffs NM, AZ (28 Downloads)

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