Re: Looking for non-tech unmarked trails
- Thanks for the report, Jeff. I visited that same arch some time
back. It was rather large, and quite impressive up close! Headed
to the summit after that.
--- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "jeff branin"
> On 11/19, I went back to try to get a closer look at the arch high
> on the mesa (6537X) just west of Checkerboard. I parked about twobegins a
> miles in from the east side ranger station where Clear Creek
> 180 narrows section.following
> The hike in Clear Creek lasts but a few yards. A mile of
> the prominent N/S drainage gains access to the pass just west andto
> below 6537X. Trying to stay on relatively level ground I was able
> circle around a descending ridge and gain access to the drainagethis
> thats drops down the back (south) side of the mesa. The hike to
> point is class 1. Going up the drainage, the difficulty ofpassage
> increases. Brush is not a problem. Just loose rock and steepAt
> grade. At the very top of the drainage the difficulty rises
> occasionally to class 3 although airy exposure is not a concern.
> the saddle on top, the arch can be reached by turning to the right15
> and hiking slightly up hill another 150 yards.
> Nearly directly above the arch is a section of cliff wall that
> contains small ledges and handholds that will permit a short 12 to
> foot climb thru the last barrier to the main mesa top. Probablyclass
> 4+. Short section of rope and/or spotter might come in handyhere.
> Strictly class 1 to wander about the smaller area of 6537X.also
> I posted a couple photos of this arch under "Mesa west of
> checkerboard mesa" in the Photos section. Note that this mesa
> has at least one other arch which can be viewed up close over onits
> east side adjacent to the Checkerboard Mesa/P-weap Cyn trail.Company
> --- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "jeff branin"
> <jb838@> wrote:
> > Alright, here's the hike i did the day after Courtney and
> > me in. Drove up East Rt 9 to just before Checkerboard Mesa.
> > on the north side of the road and began hiking the drainagesouth
> > between Checkerboard and the mesa to the west. About a milemesas,
> > and just before beginning the ascent to the pass between the
> > drainage comes in from the west. I hiked up the slickrock
> > the two drainages and visited an arch just below the (notSSW.
> > Checkerboard) mesa cliffwall.
> > I returned, hiked up to the pass and headed south, actually
> > you refer to your Springdale East topo , I can report that i
> > near the 6000 contour line and then up than little bitty circle
> > 3/4s of an inch below the 6.
> > This, in all seriousness, was my Courtney-inspired moment of the
> > I made it to the summit. Granted it wasn't much of a summit.
> > hundred feet rise, class one ascent, although there was a bit of
> > dull knife edge ridge. No register on top, just one deerantler.
> > Nice views, though. I dubbed it G-Z. From the top of thisknoll,
> > descended in a northwesternly direction so as to pass thru the
> > between the mesa west of Checkerboard; actually betweenbenchmark
> > X6537 and the smaller prominence just to the west. There is awell
> > used trail (deer and human) thru the gap. Continuing thru thegap
> > and easily down drainage northwards towards Rt 9, I looked backand
> > observed a sizable arch above the third drainage, counting westto
> > east. I tried to climb up to the arch. No go. Even if I hadon
> > Exum Ridges(back in the car), I still couldn't have reached the
> > due to pouroffs/cliffs. Perhaps there is a route from the
> > side? I continued on down the drainage to Clear Creek, passed
> > Rt 9 and then exited Clear Creek back to car. Relatively short
> > but lots to see and visit. I'll try and post photos. jeff
> > a hike --- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "Bo"
> > <bbeck@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Thanks Win! You too have provided Tanya and I with a lot of
> > > information to make for some great hikes/outings a reality as
> > I
> > > have looked for you and that beautiful wife of yours at Oscars
> > > past 3 sundays (but 6am is too early)! I will be heading to
> > parkwrote:
> > > at 7am this saturday for my monthly thing, and will look again!
> > > Bo
> > > --- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, NJedge@
> > > Bo and Tanya have an excellent resource, it will really helpin
> > > Zion and there abouts. My only suggestion would be to try allthe
> > > drainages along the East side. We have hiked quite a few andtech
> > > are no losers. Their site has Checkerboard Arch and Two Pines
> > > both a lot of fun.
> > > >
> > > > Win
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: Bo <bbeck@>
> > > > To: Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com
> > > > Sent: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 6:50 pm
> > > > Subject: [Zion_National_Park_Hiking] Re: Looking for non-
> > > unmarked trails
- Good ol' 6537X. I suppose that outlier would have to be considered
part of Crazy Quilt Mesa although it's probably a couple hundred
lower than the true mesa top. Online, I could only find the ZNP
regulations referring to the mesa as Crazy Quilt. Ron Kay in his
guide simply refers to the mesa as Quilt. And from a local hiking
March 31, 2007 Quilt Mesa to Checkerboard Mesa. Meet at the BLM at
8:30 am or the Chevron station in La Verkin at 9:00 am. A trailless
hike on the eastern side of Zion, exploring Quilt Mesa, south of
Checkerboard, and circling around to the peerless views of
I suppose if you're just gonna hike around the base, it's Quilt Mesa;
if you're gonna climb up, it's Crazy Quilt Mesa. Whatever, it's a
great day spent.
--- In Zion_National_Park_Hiking@yahoogroups.com, "JoeB" <joe@...>
> Hey Jeff - Ha ha, yes, that hike is a fun one and the silly name
> seems appropriate. About the "P" -- I was trying to be subtle, but
> may have been a bit too obscure. I'm glad you got it... :) You have
> me now wanting to explore up the 6537x drainage the next time I'm
> back... -Joe