You held the rain

I’m getting a little restless lately. I’ve wanted to do some serious hiking, but just haven’t found the time. Someday soon I hope to go on an eight mile hike (round trip) from the Price River overlook south of Mounds to a place called Balanced Rock that appears on the topo map for that area. There’s a jeep trail that leaves the main road just northeast of Desert Lake, and though it appears to go all the way to Balanced Rock, I think I’d rather hike. Besides, I’d prefer not to drive my truck all the way out there only to find that it’s not capable of handling the trail, whereas I already drove to the overlook last month and I know I can make it there again.
There’s a footpath leading from the overlook to Balanced Rock, and it’s well-used enough that you can see it in the aerial photos of the area. When I was first there, I thought it was a cattle trail, but now I’m not so sure. There doesn’t appear to be any other trails in the area (which there should be if there were a lot of cattle), but I also can’t imagine that enough people have hiked there to have made such a nice trail.
I can only hope that the flow of the Price River has gone down since August, because I definitely don’t want to wade across it in October. Hopefully I can get away with simply taking my hiking boots off and rolling my pants up. The hiking pole my sister gave me for my birthday should help a lot with that part. I read that using two poles is much better than only one, so I’ll probably buy another just for this trip.

2 thoughts on “You held the rain

  1. I miss hiking too. Me and my Dad used to go here and there out in Ventura and L.A. counties. There were a lot of cool trails, but I was so little that I barely remember doing that. Later me and some of my friends used to go rock climbing and whatnot, and it was all fun. There really isn’t any place like that around here where I live now. Sucks.

  2. I guess I’m lucky–I live in the middle of what is arguably one of the best areas in the state for outdoor recreation. The San Rafael Swell is south of here, the Wasatch Mountains are west, the Book Cliffs are to the north and east. Moab, Canyonlands, and Arches are all southeast, and the Uinta Mountains are northeast. I love having all this as my playground.

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