Kay's Hiking and Travel Photo Gallery - December 2011

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12/31/2011  Mt Perkins, AZ (LVMC) - No trails, some scramblings, bush walk and little windy at time-to-time but it was best place to spend the last day of year 2011. We, Anji, Sandie and I, miss understood our destination of the Mt Perkins, see 5th row 5th photo from the left that we originally thought the Mt Perkins but not, the summit was behind it and couldn't see it.     Click here for road map.
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12/30/2011  Siera Ridge, Las Vegas, NV (ABF) - This hike was Orelle's backyard and located southwest side of the Las Vegas Valley and east side of the Blue Diamond Hill. The Las Vegas Strip was in the smog, air pollution, but not bad view. The ridge was made mainly by the limestone and Chris found a fossil. On the way back, someone was shooting in the dam, it was too close to comfortable.
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12/29/2011  Wetlands Trail, Lake Mead, NV - I have passed this Wetlands Trailhead parking lot many times, so I checked it out today. The massive wather is the runoff from the entire Las Vegas Valley and combined with the sewage treatment plant discharge that the why sign said not safe to use the water. I saw a beautiful Osprey, a fish eating Hawk. Bill pointed out for me for the water and bird, thanks Bill.
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12/29/2011  Majestic Canyon, Lake Mead, NV (LMNPS) - The trailhead starts west side of the Lakeshore Rd, which is unmarked road just north of the Boulder Beach Campground. We hiked on the dried wash under the shade until reached about 20 ft of dried waterfall, which the rope was there to climb up and our hike end there. The view of the last 1/4-mile of canyon was majestic.
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12/27/2011  Spooky Canyon, Lake Mead, AZ (LMNPS) - The canyon was Y shape sooner when we got in the Spooky Canyon. The group spreded, I went left side of canyon and hiked up to almost end of a canyon. Hike on the hill for while and reunited to the group. Later I hiked up to the main Spooky Canyon and took photos. The main Spooky Canyon was short only 1.8 miles both ways from the TH.
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12/23/2011  Balanced Rock, Lake Mead, NV - I found this place from the Google Earth and no information was available, which means its exploratory hike to me. I have no idea how the huge Balanced Rock got atop of the red sand stone. Around the Balanced Rock was very nice red/pink sand stone formation. Also colororwise the vertical central belt area was very coloroful, see the map.
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12/21/2011  Redstone, Lake Mead, NV (LMNPS) - I have joined to LMNPS hiking, however they provided only one mile hike, where anouncement was 4 miles. Anyway small inner loop that LMNPS hike and large outer loop that my solo hike, see the map. The color of rocks and formation are amaizing, I saw many holes or openings like windows or small caves. I really enjoyed three areas, see the map.
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12/16/2011  Willow Beach Peak, Lake Mead NRA, AZ (LVMC) - This was exploratory hike, which means no trail hike. We have hiked three peaks and second peak, which didn't have a name, so that Chris named it for Kenny Peak, his lovely son's name. After descend from the Willow Beach Peak, we hike up and down most of time by the Colorado River, so that I added elevation profile into the map.
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12/10/2011  Boomer Hill, UT(OHCOSU) - The Boomer Hill is located at the west side open area of the St George, and its visible from far view. The group spreaded at the first cliff, some of were scramble down from the cliff and otheres were hiked on the road. Old car was visible near the cliff. It was long hike and scramble up to the top of the hill, but everyone enjoyed it.      Click here for BLM to TH road map.
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12/9/2011  Grapevine Loop, Red Cliffs, UT - I saw a nice rock formation from the highway I-15, so that I hiked up to see it. Two places that I do recommended from this hike that indicated on the map as Nice Rock Formation, later I found it is called the Church Rock, and Nice Lava Wall. However it is popular place for the horse back ride and trail was deep sand by horses, which means not easy to hike on.
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12/8/2011  West Canyon, Snow Canyon, UT - On 12/4, I saw 3 ponds that were not actual 3 ponds, today I hiked up to the actual 3 ponds and little beyond. The 3 ponds are cascade ponds, I saw top two ponds from the back. The West Canyon, which is the my last trail to hike up in the Snow Canyon State Park, I have completed to hike all official trails in the Snow Canyon State Park.
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12/8/2011  Tuacahn, UT - From Wikipedia; It is called the Tuacahn Amphitheatre and Center for the Arts, it is run by a non profit arts organization and located at the bottom of the Padre Canyon. The facility includes 1920 seats outdoor amphitheater and 330 seats indoor theater. It provides high school students from throughout the state of Utah for opportunity to experience summer stock for 8 weeks.
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12/7/2011  Padre Canyon, Snow Canyon, UT (OHCOSU) - We started from the Lava Flow Trail and West Canyon Road, Three Ponds Trail, Padre Canyon Trail, Petrified Dunes Trail, Butterfly Trail and Lava Flow Trail to got back to the parking lot. There were bonus site, ponds, octopus rock, butterfly rock and arches to see from this hike. 3rd and 5th rightmost photos are different views from/to the saddle.
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12/6/2011  Whiptail Trail, Snow Canyon, UT - Today I have hiked on the Whiptail Trail, Hidden Pinyon Trail, Pioneer Names Loop and Sand Stone Dune, also scenic drive to the Tuacahn. The Whiptail Trail is paved trail for cyclist and casual hikers to enjoy the hike. The Tuacahn is a weird place, because highschool and theather are side by side at the deep end of the valley, however view is an excellent.
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12/5/2011  Johnson Arch, Snow Canyon, UT - Both Johnson Arch and Jenney's Slot are not far from the main road, Snow Canyon Drive. From the ground, I can't see the top of the rocks, which I have hiked couple days ago with OHCOSU group. May be we can hike at top of the Johnson Arch and can view the Jenny's Slot from above hike. The color of the Sand Dune is unique.
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12/4/2011  Whiterocks Trail, Snow Canyon, UT - I have hiked a loop start with the Whiterocks Trail - Lava Flow Trail - West Canyon Road - Three Ponds Trail - Petrified Dunes Trail - Snow Canyon Drive. The Whiterock Amphitheatre is large in scale and beautiful white amphitheatre. I saw the 3 ponds were not actual one. I love to hike on the Petrified Dune Trail, it's the best trail in the Snow Canyon State Park.
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12/3/2011  Petroglyphs & Slots Above Snow Canyon, UT (OHCOSU) - 25 club members march to the slot canyons that located about between the Johnson Arch and Jenny's Slot Canyon and above the Snow Canyon State Park. One of the slot canyons was very narrow and barely walk through it without backpack. Beautiful rock formation for entire hiking trail and we saw the petroglyphs panels.
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12/2/2011  Butterfly Trail, Snow Canyon, UT - This was loop hike from Butterfly Trail to Lava Flow Trail. There are many Lava Caves, tiny ones to large size ones. Only around this place has black lava rocks, where all other places are red and white rocks in this park. I have learned why it's called Butterfly Trail, because buttefly rocks are there, see 12/7/11 section for the butterfly rocks.
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12/2/2011  Pioneer Park, Red Cliffs, UT - I found this place by accidentally when I drove the Skyline Drive/Turtlel Road to get from St George to Snow Canyon State Park. It surronding by the residential area but it is parts of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. This place is kids friendly and fun place to walk around, I am sure many families come to enjoy hiking and picnic here.
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12/1/2011  OHCOSU Christmas Party, St George, UT - 110 out of 300 club members showed up, which was about 36% of attendance rate, many people were I never see before or look different than with hiking clothing. So many food dishes were there, however it became empty very quickly. One of the club member performed the country music and many people enjoyed the dancing.
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