Saturday, February 07, 2009

Utah Places: Deer Creek on Boulder Mountain

If you decide to try Deer Creek, start on a warm day. Take sturdy shoes that can get wet, and plan to plunge right into every hole you meet. You might think you are going to freeze, the water is so bone chilling cold. If it gets too cold. you can always stretch out in the sun on a flat rock like a lizard and soak up some rays. Have someone meet you at the bottom with dry stuff. More fun than anything I can imagine.

Some of the spillways are pretty rough and tumble. Look them over beforehand and skirt them if they look too wild for your swimming class. Use a float if you need it. Plan on being held under waterfalls or gravitys several places on the way down. If that thought doesn't thrill you, this isn't your ride!

Have fun getting wet!!

5 comments:

Ben Cook said...

Jim,

Where is this? Sounds like fun.

Ben

Ben Cook said...

Jim,

Where is this? Sounds like fun.

Ben

Jim Cobabe said...

Ben,

Boulder Mountain is a large plateau area in central Utah. Most of it is in Dixie National Forest. The nearest towns are Escalante, Boulder, Torry, and Loa. None of them is much more than a gas station or two and maybe a general store, and a post office. Deer Mountain is just north of Boulder, but I'm afraid I can't tell you much about how to get there, because the only time I was there, I walked from Green River. About 400 miles away. Down the Green. Past Hanksville and through the Henrys and Capitol Reef.

Deer Creek seems to wind around the mountain from Deer Lake, but we joined somewhere in the middle between the lake and Boulder. I tried to trace exactly where we were on the map, but it has been many years ago when I was there, and I can't remember much. As I recall, there was some kind of boy's ranch near the bottom of the creek, but memory is pretty fuzzy. Been a long time, who knows what has changed.

In any case, the whole area is a maze of mountains and red rock canyons, from the Burr Trail and Capitol Reef to Escalante and the Box Death Hollow Wilderness. You could go four-wheeling and cycling there from now until the day you died, and not see all of it. I can't tell you much about how to get there, except that there are many Forest Service trails that are driveable. Look at the Dixie National Forest map of the Escalante District if you'd like to check it out.

Jim Cobabe said...

Ben,

For travel directions try following the map to the Burr Trail where it meets Boulder Creek. That should get you pretty close to the neighborhood. In fact the Burr Trail is a great place to explore from. There are all kinds of incredible sights along the way toward Lake Powell.

Jim Cobabe said...

Looks like the Wikipedia entry has some interesting information too. Can't find much that is specific about the Deer Creek area.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canyons_of_the_Escalante