Dome Plateau over the years

hatchcanyon

Lancisti
Yes, this is an old story with old analog pictures. Finding these slides and scanning them - the results are mediocre - it reminds my lady and me of one of our early trips to the area between the Colorado River and Interstate 70.

In 2002 our vehicle was a venerable 2001 Chevrolet Blazer. We started from UT 128 north of Dewey. A trail (12S 0648717, 4299398 NAD27) winds up into a plateaulike area, but this is not Dome Plateau. With exception of views to the LaSal Mountains and Top of the World Rim there isn't much of interest. More or less easy but rocky trails.


1 Mile North of Dewey and 400 feet higher


Lady and the Blazer on a rocky stretch


Not that much of interest


Entrada Sandstone


Must have been near Yellow Jacket Canyon


Top of the World in a distance


Another boring stretch of a trail

We decided to head in a more or less southern direction, but some of these trails turned suddenly. Knowing not that much about Dome Plateau it was a bit difficult and annoying at once. We got stuck on a rocky ledge, had to lift the car with a hydraulic jack to get over it. We saw that others had left scratch marks on other obstacles too.


Lady driving downwards


finding an appropriate track


Done!

Nowadays we know more about Dome Plateau and the long fence line running from South to North is pretty familiar to us. But it wasn't in 2002. We found a trail going through the fence and followed it in a southwesterly direction.

A little bit more than a Mile from the fence a faint trail was heading to the left (South). We hoped it might reach the top of the Cliffs of Professor Valley and indeed it did. Ending less than 100 feet from the edge, we only had to walk a very short distance to get an amazing view.


Western part of Richardson Amphitheatre with LaSal Mtns. Adobe and Fisher Mesa


To the left: Fisher Towers, Onion Creek and Fisher Valley - not to forget Polar Mesa


What a panorama!

The view point we found is definitely not the same described in "Guide to Moab, UT Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails" from Charles A. Wells. The other one is located immediate east of the fence. The trail leading to it is much more difficult to drive, especially back uphill again. And you definitely have to go uphill again!

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In 2009 we did it again! Exploring the Dome Plateau, looking for Wells viewpoint high above Professor Valley respectively Richardson Amphitheater.

Visiting the little old mining camp nearby Owl Draw earlier that day and the cliffline of Caves Spring - the caves too. Late in the afternoon we arrived at the fence line that divides Dome Plateau from South to North.


Castle Valley, Porcupine Rim and the fence

A trail follows the fence on the east side down the hill. This is the trail to a view point decribed by Wells. It is quite rocky, much rougher than the trail to the other view point farther west we found 7 years ago. Bumping down along the fence is one thing, coming up again something different. And you have to come up this trail again. (Ok, you may walk half a mile one way.)


Approaching the rim

The place where we parked the car allowed a first glimpse. Power Pole Mesa, Fisher Towers, Onion Creek, Fisher Mesa. Polar Mesa and the LaSals too.


Panorama Point

(We know the real one too :D )

To the west one can see Professor Creek - or is it Mary Jane Creek? - Adobe Mesa and parts of Castle Valley.


Professor Creek - Castle Valley


Another shot


Fisher Towers

Going back and climbing up the trail along the fence is quite a bit tricky. High ledges at the time. It was a good idea that we did it with an H3.

After the climb driving back to Poison Strip was easy until a good old friend showed up.....:Wow1:

 

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