Stevens Canyon 2009 – Day 6

Synopsis: Dayhike exploring vicinity of camp. April 21, 2009.

This would be another shorter day, with a dayhike exploring some small side canyons and benches near camp.

Breakfast for Your Mom was yummy breakfast burritos cooked by Erin and Sasquatch had pancakes.


The Sasquatch group cooked pancakes this morning.

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We left camp and went up through the spring area to the lower parts of the Baker Trail side canyon that we’d bypassed the previous day.


More disgusting worms in a web.

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Disgusting worms floating dead in a pool.

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Disgusting worms in trees.

As you can see, there’s quite an infestation going on; most of the trees in this spring area were nearly stripped of leaves. I hope they did OK; I’d be curious to hear what the place is like next year.

If you stood still and listened, you could hear the plop... plop... plop as the worms fell out of the trees.

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Disgusting worms on a rock. Apparently they liked to be in the shade. In some places, it was hard to find a handhold that wasn’t covered in worms.

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It was a steep, rocky canyon and we weren’t able to get too far, though there was some fun scrambling on the way.


Crawling up and over some rocks.

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Reid crawling up and through some rocks.

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Here is a different worm which is not quite as disgusting.

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After returning to Stevens Canyon proper, we went upstream a little to see what was beyond the springs.

The bushwhacking near the springs was pretty epic.


Dr. Andy making his way through some underbrush.

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Looking up through the spring area near the foot of the Baker Trail.

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Yet more gross worms! Last one, I promise.

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Hanging out in the shade just beyond the brushy spring area.

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Ben Miller.

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Charles Yeamans.

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Erin Tatge.

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We decided to go up a minor side canyon to see if there was a nice spot for some lunch.


A tree.

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Up and over some slickrock in search of lunch.

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Andy Exley.

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Charles and Erin pumping some water.

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There was some lunch.

We headed back to camp atop the Wingate sandstone to see if it would go. Charles and Andy had seen a possible route down just above camp, and there were some other places below camp that we knew would go.


Heading back towards home.

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Funky balanced rock.

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Reid approaching from far away over the Wingate bench.

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Indian Paintbrush.

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Hiking over the slickrock.

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The way down went. It was a steep friction slope, becoming exceptionally steep near the bottom, but there was no exposure. It might be too steep to ascend (we had to slide down the last few feet).


At the bottom of the steep way down near camp.

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Gross worms in a bag!

Given the very ample supply, we caught some to feed to the frogs.

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Once back in camp, there was more relaxing, and then adventures in frog watching and feeding. It was a good camp.


“Six Butts”, a masterpiece by Charles Yeamans.

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A frog under a log.

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Worm approaching a hungry frog.

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Frog chowing down on a tasty worm.

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Munch munch munch. We discovered that the capacity of a frog was two worms.

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Frog sounding.

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Dinner was sausage pitas for Your Mom, who knows for Sasquatch, and disgusting worms for the frogs.

Please continue reading on Day 7.

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