We made the move to Escalante on Saturday. Pulled up and over a 8600’ mountain pass, then down the other side through Boulder. No pics of the mountains as auto and ATV traffic was thick. Then it was up the Hogback for rest of the journey.
After all arriving safely, a few of us decided to hike the Petrified Forest trail at Escalante State Park.
A short, but steep trail climbs up to the top of a plateau littered with the remains of a ancient forest.
Some wildflowers and Claret Cups along the way.
Some of what we came to see.
A rockhounds paradise. Thankfully, there were only a few signs of actual damage or removal by some that just had to have a chunk.
A few still stood upright. Pretty lady for perspective.
Tons and tons of petrified wood every direction you looked. Information booklet said it was all once alive near the Equator. It’s traveled quite a ways to be here in Southern Utah. So many different variations of color in one log.
You can also see the growth rings. Another great little hike.