April 11, 2017
Hiking to Corona Arch is one of my favorite things to do in Moab. We haven't done this trail since our son Joe and DIL Jena were here in June, 2015. It was time, and yesterday was the day !
With highs expected in the mid seventies, we were up and at the trailhead a little before 10:00 am. The parking lot only had two other vehicles...perfect !
Corona Arch Trail is rated moderate. It's an in and out 3 mile roundtrip trail that follows Bootlegger Canyon. The trail begins with a climb up a rocky talus slope, that changes to sand and then climbs a shallow rocky canyon. From there its a trek across sloping slickrock with cairns showing the way. There is very little shade on this trail...spring and fall are perfect months to explore here.
In one spot, Moki steps and a cable make climbing a steep slickrock ledge a lot easier.
A ladder is used to climb up another steep slickrock bench. I love the gnarly cedar tree that stands all alone at the top. A cable for the ladder wraps around the base of the tree.
Corona Arch is magnificent with an opening that measures 140' X 105'. I was glad to see signs restricting rope usage on the arch. It has been a popular spot for rappelling. An added bonus on the hike is Bowtie Arch. It's a pothole arch formed when a pothole above filled with water and eroded down into a cave below.
I climbed up to the base of Bowtie Arch and found Moon Flowers growing in the moist soil.
|A zoomed in photo of Joe looking up at Corona Arch.|
|Same photo not zoomed in.|
And an up shot...
All along the way to and from the arches, we enjoyed the warm sunshine and signs of spring along the way. Reds and oranges were the colors of the day. The Hedgehog cacti were quite stunning...
as were the Indian Paintbrush.
|It's amazing how these plants grow in a small clump of dirt in the middle of slickrock.|
A little bit of yellow...
|A Stemless Woollybase (in the Sunflower Family)|
Oh and there were whites too.
Until next time,