Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Huber Wash O&B - Zion National Park - 5/13/16

Huber Wash

Petrified Wood in Rock Walls

Variety of Wildflowers

Starting Up Huber Wash
  Kay’s East Rim hike had its maximum 12 people, so this hike was added.  Three hikers went on a previously unexplored (by the club) hike to Huber Wash.  It turned out to be a great surprise with a bountiful display of wild flowers and ending at a beautiful dry falls area with petrified wood embedded in the rock wall.  
The hike starts about 6 miles west of the South entrance of Zion just as you pass Rockville and see the sign changing the speed limit to 65 miles per hour.  There is a small dirt pull off on the right for parking and you then go through the gate and head down the dirt road toward the transformer station.  The big challenge of the hike is unhooking this first gate! 

Huber Wash
 Next, there is a second gate to go through before you are greeted with a sign saying Zion back country.  There are only two directional items to remember, take the left fork of the dirt track into the wash and stay to the right in the main wash about halfway through the hike.  
Huber Wash
 Also, after heading down into the wash from the road, notice the wall on the right as this will tell you where to turn left out of the wash on the return.  The hike is described in the book HIKING ZION AND BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARKS.  

Huber Wash

Mt. Kinesava in Background

Views included the Rockville Bench to the southeast, the Petrified Forest Bench to the north and Mount Kinesava to the northeast.  As we walked down the wash, there was a tremendous variety of blooming wild flowers to photograph and enjoy.  We had our snack break when we reached the tall dry fall.  This is a very interesting area with a pretty dry fall and a colorful rock area on the right.  From the end, if you go back a little you will see a small trail on the left (on the right if facing the fall) that leads up closer to the petrified wood area.  From the wash, you need to look up to the rock wall to find wood embedded in the wall.  As you take the small trail you will continue to see more wood in the wall and on the ground.  You can go right up under a long log embedded in the wall. 

Interesting Alcove
  It is possible to do a point-to-point hike returning on the Chinle Trail if a car is prepositioned at the Chinle trailhead.  We did not do this but decided to climb out of the wash and explore the connection.  
Exploring Trail Junction with Chinle Trail
  When leaving the dry fall, there is a small cairn showing where to climb up on the right about 100 feet back (opposite side as the petrified wood).  We wanted to find the “chimney” leading up to the high shelf above the wash.  
Mt. Kinesava

Top of the Chimney

  After some looking, we found the “chimney” and climbed up.  From this upper vantage point, we could see the Chinle trail across the wash above the petrified wood logjam area and could see how we would need to go around the end of wash and intersect the Chinle trail to start heading back above Huber Wash.  On the high shelf, we saw more petrified wood and flowers as well as views up and down Huber Wash and a close-up of Mount Kinesava.  We then retraced our steps to the wash and car.  It was a beautiful day for the hike but this area can be extremely hot in the summer. Huber Wash and/or Chinle Trail would be recommended in the spring as a moderate hike. ~ Joan
5 miles, 400 feet, 4 hours
Water Worn Arch

Back Down to Huber Wash

View Back while Returning to Trailhead

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