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 weather station at the Torrey post office told me there had been snow overnight and since it was now a clear blue sky day I thought I might drive out to Cathedral Valley.
Looks like I get first tracks on the Caineville Wash Road
The Queen of the Wash looking majestic as always.
The Temple of the Sun
The Temples of the Sun and Moon.
The Glass Mountain.
The Wayne County Wall. It’s a volcanic dike that sits on the border of Wayne and Emery counties – keeping the rif-raff out for 10 million years – or in…
The Wall of Jericho.
The Emery County side of the Wayne County Wall.
The Wall of Jericho, the three spires are called Mom, Pop and Little Henry (from r to l). This is approximately where John Fremont made camp on his aborted journey through Cathedral Valley, the location is only known due to a daguerreotype taken by the expedition ‘photographer’ Solomon Nunes Carvalho .
This picture is actually from a woodcut made from the original, the artist took some liberties with the perspective. Most of the 300 daguerreotypes taken were lost in a fire. (Woodcuts don’t always make a good backup medium either)
The whole summer of 2013 has been very wet but the last few days have been exceptional, people have measured as much as 6.5″ of rain in that time, the average annual rainfall is 7″.
Water ran down the road and into my drive early in the morning.
I went to the park to get some waterfall pictures but discovered that the road was closed, however I was able to walk down to the place where the Fremont River had jumped its banks and flooded the road. The water was about 8″ deep when I was there but the UDOT driver said it had been over 3 feet during the night.