Our original plan was to join Jim Brown here to explore areas of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Vermilion Cliffs as a team. Now that Storm and I are on our own, we are not sure which trails to try. With two Jeeps on a ride we have a backup if something goes horribly wrong. Alone, we search for trails where we might see other Jeeps crawling about. Unfortunately the area is so vast and the riders so limited right now, we are more likely to see no one on the trails. We pack an overnight kit each time we head out.
A Sandy Ride to see Peekaboo
Wandering aimlessly on Hwy 89 north of Kanab, we spot an arrow pointing to the Peekaboo Trailhead. We google it at lunch and learn it is a slot canyon about 4 miles down a sandy trail. We arrive at the trailhead where I find a kiosk with a map posted. Signs all around the trail entrance warn to air down tires and use 4WD not AWD.
I snap a couple of pictures of the map just in case and we start airing down our tires. Once on the trail, we first tow out a Jeep Patriot. The young man driving did not believe me when I told him that fully aired stock street tires would not handle deep sand. Guess I don’t have enough off road creds to be convincing. Once we drag him free of the sinking sand yards from the trailhead, we once again head toward the canyon. Because the trail markings are very vague, I am extremely glad I have my photo of the trail map.
Forest Road 1025 to House Rock Road
The next day we strike out on Forest Road 1025, a dirt road to loop down toward Hwy 89A and the Kaibab National Forest. Judging from the ruts on this road (see picture above), we will not travel off road in the rain. We check out the Condor Release site, but no Condor’s are up today. Strong winds may have grounded their flight ops.