Stevens Canyon 2009 – Day 5

Synopsis: Dayhike to top of Waterpocket Fold via Baker Trail. April 20, 2009.

This would be a longer dayhike, with the goal of excellent views atop the Waterpocket Fold. We were following the Allen multiday loop description, which led us up the Baker Trail and then continued along the crest of the Fold (which we would not do).


This is a lizard, on a rock.

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Charles hanging up the Rat Sacks while Ben lurks.

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Andy wonders when he’s going to get paid.

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We left camp about 11:30 (real early, I know).


Andy found a friend – a cricket of some kind.

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We ascended the Baker “Trail” and reached the Wingate bench.

Andy, Katie, and Ben decided they’d rather spend the day relaxing and turned back.


Andy on the way back to camp.

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The Baker Trail goes along these slickrock benches into this side canyon.

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Sibyl has requested this rock, but Joel was too lazy to get it for her.

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Along the Baker “Trail”.

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The route led along Wingate and Kayenta benches and then up the bed of the side canyon. Soon it exited up a short Class 4 cliff and ascended to a bench on top of the Kayenta.

This was supposedly a cattle trail. Go figure.

We traversed along the Kayenta and then returned to the canyon bed after a large fall.


Atop the Kayenta, looking downstream along the Baker Trail side canyon.

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A field of cactus.

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Lunch spot.

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Meanwhile, back at camp...


Camp in daytime.

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Dinner, I suppose? Glad Ben wasn’t in my cook group.

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Andy wins!

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The landscape changed to open, dry, and desolate. We continued upstream, still following the Baker Trail, which we lost once the next phase of ascent (through the Navajo Sandstone) began.


Continuing up the hot, dry wash.

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Juniper against blue sky and brown dirt.

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Juniper against blue sky and red dirt.

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Navajo Domes that we came through.

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Once on top of the Fold, there were, as we hoped, some excellent views. It was a wide, flat summit, and we wandered to a couple of different places so we could see in different directions.

We could see the Henry Mountains to the northeast, Navajo Mountain to the south, and the Straight Cliffs (Fiftymile Mountain) to the west.


Mount Hillers.

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Mount Pennell with Mount Ellen (snow-capped) and the rest of the Henry Mountains behind.

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Pennel/Ellen, Hillers, and Ellsworth and the somewhat flat crest of the Waterpocket Fold.

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Scraggly juniper with Stevens Canyon behind.

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Charles, Erin, Reid, Sibyl, Joel on top of the Waterpocket Fold.

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Lake Powell, Bullfrog, and lots of canyon country beyond. The Bears Ears in Natural Bridges National Monument, near Dark Canyon, are visible on the horizon.

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Navajo Mountain.

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Charles contemplating the Henry Mountains.

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Stevens Canyon.

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I believe Joel has just ripped a gigantic fart.

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Joel adds: I deny this.

We retraced our steps to return back to camp.

The way down was hot, and dry. Most of us ran out of water.


Water. Fill up? We decided no, since we were not quite dry and there were known better sources not too far ahead.

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Descending back through the Kayenta.

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Cowboyglyph. Reads: C. Baker 1942 with a symbol to the left that looks like a lower-case T.

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Big Navajo Sandstone walls.

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Big Wingate Sandstone benches.

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Descending the slickrock back down to the bed of Stevens Canyon.

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Indian Paintbrush.

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For the last bit of descent back to the bed, we took the route Charles, Erin, and I had used the previous day, because it was easier than the remnants of the constructed Baker Trail.


Not-so-cute caterpillars in a giant grody web.

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Stevens Canyon just above camp.

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Our tower.

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Arriving back in camp.

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We got home at 6:00. The folks remaining in camp had worried a little about what to do if we didn’t come back – and I should have led this discussion at the beginning of the trip – but fortunately we did.

During the day, Ben and Katie finally folded and enjoyed the Jacuzzi. They were the last ones.

Your Mom dinner was curry cooked by Katie (yummy).

Please continue reading on Day 6.

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