A group of 5 Jeeps, led by Ber Knight set out for a day of adventure to Hatch Point. Now this area is South of Moab, past the La Sal junction, turning onto of Looking Glass Road. From this point, I’m not going to give any further directions as I was quickly lost (being the first time in this area for me.)
We did make a brief stop at Looking Glass Rock. This beautiful arch is set high up in a sandstone rock. Shortly after this area, we came down to an area where folks have built into the sandstone by carving out doorways and homes.
We found a somewhat abandoned one and explored it. The fact that there was a sleeping bag and other signs of life tell me that it is at least occasionally occupied. We also made a drive-by of a polygamist colony which lives completely off the grid, using solar power. They’ve built up quite a few homes but I’ll talk more on this later…..
The day was a bit cool and windy but the snowcapped mountains and very quiet trails made for a relaxing, scenic day. We journeyed out around Hatch Point and then visited an area called Kamakaze. Most of the roads we were on had been marked as ATV routes although we know they are part of the travel plan and Jeeps are allowed. The wheeling was straight forward and mostly 2WD although occasionally as Ber quoted, “I’m going to slip into something more comfortable…..like 4WD!”
This area has a great view into Lockhart Basin.
Bill submitted this photo. He has a wide angle (or perhaps software) to produce these types of shots. Thanks Bill!
Kamikaze is a fairly steep slickrock drop-off dead end trail. The views are absolutely amazing.
Here is an enlarged view of Kamikaze. You can see Ber and Susan working their way down the slickrock dome.
Once down the Kamikaze, the road hugs along the mesa to the overlook I described above. We all took a break here and got some great scenic photos before working our way back out to the main road.
Much of the two track was faint and rarely used. We expect such trails with Ber and always look forward to the new areas he takes us. In fact, most of the trail the only signs of previous traffic was when Ber was there the week before putting our route together.
We did find an interesting UFO hanging in a tree. There are lots of cattle in this area and I believe this is some type of lid for a watering container.
Next we journeyed along to an overlook called the Canylonlands Overlook. This trail had alot of ATV traffic along it but there was no one but us at the overlook.
Wait a minute…..what’s going on here?
What could Ber and Gary Lee possibly be pointing at? Choose your favorite answer.
a. Hey is that Jim at the top of Yellow Hill? Is he driving a UTV?
b. Is that Larry over at Jeff’s house?
c. Gary says, “Ber! I remember when Thelma and Louise drove off the cliff right there!”
d. Ber says, “Gary! I remember when John Wesley Powell rafted right through there!”
e. I do believe I see Jose the turtle! He’s bashing a carsonite as we speak.
Some of the scenery from the overlook. Looking way down towards the Needles.
Looking way up towards the Potash plant and Deadhorse Point.
After taking in all the views we began the journey back to Moab. At the last minute, Ber decided to do a drive-by of the Polygamist colony.
As we get closer, you can see the mix of regular houses as well as buildings excavated into the cliff sides.
Lots of solar power in use but not many folks out and about.
We checked out their large gardens, horses, chickens, a dairy, and yes, a shooting range. This last part made us pretty nervous so we decided to leave before it was too late. Actually this is a friendly group from eveything I have heard and live quite openly and modernly.
A very interesting and beautiful Ber trail. Thanks again Ber for your surprising trips. With the car show and UTV rally in town, it was nice to visit trails with almost zero traffic.
Thanks all and see ya on the trail.