- Jan 1, 2009Gary, I (Tanya) got a map from the records office in Kanab a couple
years ago as we were looking to update our directions for both Lower
and Upper Red Cave Hikes (Sand Washes on USGS 7.5 Maps). It seems that
there was no way to access either without crossing private holdings.
The Sorensons and Taits are the majority landholders along with Tanyas
family whether approaching from the south, west or north. The easiest
access to both washes is probably done by getting permission from Del
Tait in Mt. Carmel, and taking Tait Lane across the East Fork,
bypassing the leased aggregate/equipment lot, steering north up the
hillside then east and finally southeast dropping into Upper Sand Wash.
A fair chunk uf Lower Sand Wash is held by Sorenson and occasionally
has a ditch dug across to prevent travel east to the mouth of
Lower "Cave" but the county and state has asked that this not be done.
The BLM has been working on trying to establish easement across private
holdings to access BLM lands that encompass both Upper and Lower Sand
Washes all the way to the white cliffs of the Grand Staircase/
Escalante NM. I think if you talk to Del Tait it should not present any
problem for you to access the Washes from Mt. Carmel.
Here is a link to Tanyas and my website along with a map and
instructions for permission to access. I'm sure that you are already
aware of the entire area Gary (much more than I) but I thought I'd give
an explanation for other interested parties as well!
Happy New Year to you Gary! Sounds like a fun festivity going on up in
--- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "Clayton Palmer"
> Do you know who owns the land in upper Sand Wash upstream from Red
> Cave where the wash starts near the White Cliffs and Glendale Bench.
> ? Is it National Forest or private land.
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