Snowy Walk with Biff on Sand Creek

It was a lovely snowy day for a walk, no wind and 34F. I enjoyed it so much that we walked 6.8 miles rather than our usual 4.4 mile loop.

Snowy Walk

The cliffs appeared and disappeared as snow clouds drifted across the Velvet Ridge

Snowy Walk

The Giant Red Monster made a brief appearance (not Biff, the cliff!)

Biff chooses interesting sticks.
Snowy Walk

More Red Monster

When we got home we were greeted by a choir of Red Wing Blackbirds, they gather in the cottonwood every afternoon.

The Rim Rock Trail

Having hiked on Sand Creek for a couple of days it was time to try an alternative, the Rim Rock Trail is pretty much opposite the Rim Rock hotel and restaurant and below Cook’s Mesa, it leads to the northern entrance to Spring Canyon.

Tank Bridge

Biff was ready to go.

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Old Juniper trees always provided odd twisted shapes that look good in the snow.

Tank Bridge

Frikka went off to explore some side canyons.

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The Henry Mountains always look good from this angle.

January 1st 2019

The start of the new year in Torrey was sunny and cold with a high of about 20F following a low of 2F.

We headed out to Sand Creek for the dog walk but only got about half a mile before Biff started to limp, he had a cracked paw and despite a load of Musher’s Secret he didn’t want to go on.

Biff The Reluctant
Despite the short walk Frikka had a long rest in the evening before going to bed.

Elk Horn, Thousand Lake Mountain

I decided to see what the road from UT72 over the Hogans to Cathedral Valley was like, many years it would still be impassable in the trees due to snow drifts, but not this year. The road up to Riley Springs and on to the junction for Cathedral Valley was dry so rather than heading down the hill I took the road up towards Elk Horn campground, not really expecting to get that far. The road was muddy in places and a few shaded spots had snow but nothing the Silverado couldn’t handle in 4WD. 

The dogs and I wandered around the campground then back to the truck where I noticed a small lake just beyond our parking spot.
Frikka really likes lakes and went to explore the shoreline, she dipped one foot in but decided against immersion, the air temperature was 39F and there was a small raft of ice floating near the snowy shore.
Biff contented himself with squirming around in the snow, he loves to do that, I didn’t catch him with the camera today but you can see the marks in front of him.
Frikka likes to lay on her belly and scootch along letting out little howls of pleasure, at least it gets the dirt off her!
Lovely little lake, we will go back later in the year so that the dogs can swim.
Zoomed out satellite view of the area, I haven’t been able to find any map that shows the lake or its name so I have named it Lago Sin Nombre after one of my favourite Death Valley stories.
It looks like the lake dries out in the summer. Heart Lake is a few miles north of here so perhaps this one should be called Kidney Lake.