May 19, 2016
What a treat it was to join in on a pre-run to Polar Mesa that the Red Rock 4 Wheelers were doing. John and Carol, led our group of 5 jeeps, followed by Ber, us, Dee, and Mike and Joanne, the tail gunners for the day. It was like a lazy Sunday drive only it was Thursday! Joe and I have driven Onion Creek and Thompson Canyon several times, but had never gone as far as Polar Mesa (You will love this Ronnie and Carol.). We clocked a total of nearly 75 miles round trip.
Onion Creek continues to be one of my favorite rides if for no other reason, it is the first trail Joe and I ever drove when we were in Moab for the first time 4 years ago. Right from the get go, there are creek crossings. Mike counted 32 crossings. I tried once to count them, but the "wows" and camera action took precedence.
My favorite section of Onion Creek is Gypsum Squeeze. It is colorful and sometimes a little stinky (thus the name Onion Creek) from all the sulphur.
Just as we turned onto Onion Creek, I attempted to take pictures with my Nikon. Sadly, I discovered I had left its SD memory card at home plugged into our laptop. So all our memory shots are taken with my iPhone.
We spotted several Chukars, a beautiful bird in the partridge family, along the creek side.
Onion Creek and the trail cut through Fisher Canyon so if you have never seen the towers, its a great way to get an up close look. Climbing out of the canyon is a jaw dropping experience...well at least for me it is. A narrow shelf road adds to the excitement.
Our lunch spot was on top of Polar Mesa at the derrick left behind from the mining days.
|L-R : Mike and Joanne, Joe, John and Carol and Dee|
Our route from there made a loop on a less traveled trail, but very legal, back to the mail trail...
...and down we went and crossed the meadow with the open range cattle.
Then we turned right onto Castletown-Gateway Road #207. The aspens in the LaSals are just beginning to leaf out.
Shortly after the pavement begins, there is a look-out stop with a vault toilet. Mike showed us the designated path through a new gate, which led to dinosaur tracks.
While there Ber and Dee checked under Ber's jeep. He said it just wasn't running right. No worries...he made it home just fine.
The views of Castle Valley as we drive down the mountain...
Until next time, happy days and...