First off, I have to explain that we did this trail on Wednesday morning, but we only made it 1.5 miles into the trail. We got a rather late start - took a side road to check out Onion Creek and then spent time on the trail visiting with hikers from Salt Lake City and watching rock climbers atop one of the towers. Before we knew it, our 6 hour window of time for leaving the pups was about up...so we decided to turn around, with plans to return the next morning.
This is the corkscrew summit of Ancient Arts tower.
So Thursday morning we were at the trailhead at 8:45, rested and ready for a 4.6 mile hike.
Moab is home to some well known geological formations and Fisher Towers is no exception.
Hiking along the base of the towers offers excellent views.
The trail is well maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.
We enjoyed slickrock and rock scrambling.
At times the trail was narrow, but so much fun as it wound around and up and down.
And the views around every turn were nothing short of spectacular!
In some places, we had help. A ladder is provided at a gully...the most difficult obstruction on the trail. We sure appreciated it! Along with steps we used later.
Fisher Towers are named for a miner who lived in the area in the 1880s.
The scenery, for us, also includes all the living components of the environment. We saw...
We stopped for a snack at The Titan look-out. The Titan is the largest of the Fisher Towers. It has been attributed to be the largest free standing tower in the US...standing at 900 feet.
After walking around the base of The Titan, the trail ascends and ends on a ridge...mushroom top...with a 360* panoramic view...definitely WOW!
|Priest and Nuns and Castlerock|
|Colorado River and Hwy 128|
On the hike back to the trailhead, the sun cast a different shadow and light on the towers...
|Dwarf Evening Primrose|
This was a great hike...
...and a wonderful way to spend the morning!
This was a view of the La Sal Mountains as we were heading home on Hwy 128...
and a busy Colorado River!
Y'all come back!