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    3 months ago
    1) drop tow vehicle off at Dirty Devil (Glencoe) 2) drive towed vehicle to Potash Boat Ramp West of Moab 3) launch Pack Rafts and paddle 3 Days through Meander Canyon. 4) paddle through Cataract Canyon Rapids 5) paddle north end of Lake Powell back to 1) Dirty Devil 6) load rafts and gear and drive back to 2) Potash Boat Ramp.
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    This was a great hike. Very dramatic scenery. Not at all crowded (we saw two other small groups all day). I would rate this, however, as the most strenuous hike I've ever done in Canyonlands/Utah. We took the loop clockwise because we read that the incline on the finishing couple of miles in that direction was more gradual. While true, either direction offers significant challenges. I still might recommend the clockwise direction, however, because of about 700 vertical feet that have to be climbed through a boulder field about a mile after the intersection with the Upheaval Canyon trail. There were several exposed areas that I would rather tackle on an ascent rather than a descent. A negative to this direction, though, at this time of year is that we spent the last ~2.5 hours hiking in the shade of the canyon wall, and it was fairly cool. Overall a fantastic hike! Would recommend 10/10.
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