Wednesday, July 29, 2009
This hike follows a creek which is indeed "pleasant" and petroglyph filled. It is within moderately visited Capitol Reef National Park which is between Caineville and Torrey, Utah. The park has many other wonders and hiking opportunities available. The Pleasant Creek hike is easy to find. Just take the Scenic Drive south from the park Visitor Center. Pavement will end at Capitol Gorge. Continue right on the unpaved road for 2 1/4 miles to the parking area at old stables and bathroom. The "trail" is the creek eastbound for 3 1/2 miles each way to the park boundary. So, at certain times of the year expect to get wet crossing it. If you don't get wet, it'll probably be hot as blazes. Go the full seven miles out-and-back, or do an appropriate section, regarding initiative and water on hand. Just look around everywhere for the Indian rock-art. There's lots of it! The vandalism pictured is sad to see. Don't do it please.
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