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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Upper Muley Twist Canyon


From a couple weeks ago. Was boots on trail at 0450, caught sunrise at the Strike Valley overlook, then went on to do the rest of the loop in a clockwise direction. Had previously done it once counterclockwise and wanted to do it both ways to get a better understanding of the whole trail. (Side note, I haven't done the Lower Muley Twist from the other direction yet, but I think I'd like to next time, if only so that the afternoon isn't that monotonous 5 mile slog with no shade.)

The weather was very variable, going from below freezing before sunrise, to pleasant sunny weather, to getting snowed on while up on the rim. The clouds likewise were variable and there were a few locations I'll have to come back to later, because I didn't want to wait 40+ minutes for the latest large thick cloud to pass over.

Trying to catch the Big Dipper from the Strike Valley overlook while waiting on sunrise.






Some color on the clouds over the Henry mountains to the east.






Sunrise, was happy to catch some color despite looking mostly south.






Daylight hits the valley.






A side arch just before starting the ascent to the rim.






Slot canyon, just beyond the ascent point.






Finally up on the rim, looking west.






Looking south from roughly the same spot.






Further down, looking west.






Further down, looking south. Got snowed on a bit in between these locations.






Almost back down to the canyon floor, looking at the Saddle arch.






One of the arches along the way back.






Another arch.






Sunset hits the Eye of the Whale near the trailhead.






C&C welcome!



Apr 16, 2024 at 11:29 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Upper Muley Twist Canyon


Beautiful series! I can't get enough of that country.


Apr 16, 2024 at 11:55 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Upper Muley Twist Canyon


More wonderful shots of one of my favorite all time hikes.


Apr 16, 2024 at 07:35 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Upper Muley Twist Canyon


Thank you both! Much appreciated.


Apr 22, 2024 at 10:47 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Upper Muley Twist Canyon


Fantastic work - love the first three!


Apr 22, 2024 at 11:09 AM
 


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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Upper Muley Twist Canyon


Excellent series and photos.


Apr 24, 2024 at 12:06 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Upper Muley Twist Canyon


Great series of an area Id love to explore, thanks for sharing!


Apr 25, 2024 at 02:17 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Upper Muley Twist Canyon


Ross Martin wrote:
Great series of an area Id love to explore, thanks for sharing!


Thanks for the comments!

Ross Martin wrote:
Great series of an area Id love to explore, thanks for sharing!


Oh you'd have a great time, I'm sure. Upper and Lower Muley Twist are both fantastic hikes, and give a lot more solitude than the usual Utah national park experience.



Apr 29, 2024 at 10:23 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Upper Muley Twist Canyon


Man geology fascinates me and you've captured it wonderfully! I've seriously thought of going back to school just to study geology... Amazing!


Apr 29, 2024 at 11:21 AM







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