April 3, 2017
Finding the Moab Maiden, sometimes called the Moab Princess, is a fun way to spend a couple of hours especially when you are hiking with friends. Monday dawned rather chilly and overcast so after the gym, Joe and I settled in for a lazy day with the pups. The phone rings about 10:00 am and Scott says, "Do you want to go exploring?" We couldn't reply "YES!" quick enough !
The round trip hike to Moab Maiden takes an hour or more depending on how long you want to explore and enjoy the sights. The trailhead, located just outside of Moab on Kane Creek Road, features a creek crossing, a steep ascent/descent, some rock scrambling, and slick rock.
The Maiden is a solitary figure on a boulder. The boulder rests on a ridge that overlooks a canyon where Kane Springs Creek flows into the Colorado River. The trail that follows Kane Creek Springs is another fun trail to do, but we turned right at the junction and headed up !
The scenery from the top of the ridge was spectacular.
A close up of Kane Creek Road and the cotton woods from the ridge...
Humongous, beautiful red rock filled the landscape as far as the eye could see...
The Indian Paintbrush is quite showy among the greens and grays.
The creek crossing where I was happy to have waterproof boots.
Scott took us to another spot to see petroglyphs, and it turned out to be more of a rock climbing adventure. Joe, sat this one out. My vertically challenged self made it up two of the steep ledges with no foot holes or anything to hold on to. Keep in mind we were going up and the spot where we started was fading away fast. Trust me, its a lot steeper than it looks. This is the spot anxiety took over and I called it quits even though Scott and Chris were willing to help me.
We walked the base of the cliff searching for more rock art...
but only found a lonely longhorn sheep.
From there, we were all off to the Moab Diner for a late lunch.
Until next time,
|Chris getting a selfie with the Moab Maiden.|
HAPPY TRAILS !