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Date Sunday  4/30/2017
End Date Saturday  5/6/2017
Group Denver
Event Title Utah's Little Rockies desert backpack
Start Time 9:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Stan Moore
Co-Leader Janet Martel
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Backpack
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult C
Trail Mileage 20
Elevation Gain 500
Driving Distance 600


Little Rockies Exploration
difficult backpack
April 30 - May 5, 2017


Note:  Several spots are reserved for new CMC desert backpackers.

Sure you know the Colorado Rockies, but what exactly are the Little Rockies?  They are a little-known section of the Henry Mountains, located south of Hanksville Utah, east of U-276, just west of Lake Powell.  The jagged summits, Mt. Ellsworth and Mt. Holmes, loom above a sea of convoluted topography cut by several canyons draining east into the lake.  Join us on a 4 night backpack as we attempt to circle east of Mt. Holmes.  This is an exploratory trip, the leader and his assistant Herb Taylor have been in the area twice, but have not so far connected the loop.

We will drive out April 30 to a pre-trip car camp at Starr Springs.  In the morning after a short car shuttle we will hike in Swett Canyon, past one tricky pothole, and hike generally south.  We will hike out mid-day on May 5 over the pass between the two summits.

This is all off-trail through spectacular rugged terrain for which there is almost no online or guide-book information.  There will be many kinds of difficulties, some of which involve light rope work.  Definitely exposed slickrock, sand trudging, unstable talus and boulders, hot sun, thorny brush, and unroped climbing of short obstacles.  There are often high winds in the spring.  Water availability is an issue on this hike, and there is a chance we might have to turn back or go down to the lake for water.  But we won’t see any other hikers, other than maybe boaters near the lake.  

Because of the difficulty, it is essential to keep your pack light!  Required equipment includes 6 liters water capacity and shoes which are sturdy enough to walk on rocks all day, but there is no extended wading.  It is essential to be flexible and ready for whatever we encounter.  Individual food unless we organize sharing, and don’t forget dinner and breakfast at the car camp, as there are no restaurants nearby.

Register by email with the leader, Stan Moore at  Further details like topo maps, car shuttle, ride and gear sharing will be arranged by email later.


Details to follow.

For more info Contact

Stan Moore       303 929 7802



Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.