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THE SCOUT-LOFTY-KAMAS LAKES LOOP from the Pass Lake Trailhead will be done as an experiment to see how I adjust to high altitude and see if my back pains will permit me to continue backpacking or not, I have been given a shot in my spine, but which hasn’t taken effect yer, but I hope it will by the time I get to the trailhead later today (Thursday) It will be done between Thursday, July 18th to Sunday, July 21. In my book, you can see the details of this backpack on pages 449-451. The Preface to this section is about the SHOOTOUT AT SCOUT LAKE in search of the Lost Rhoades Mine.

My SPOT TRACKER has been activated — CLICK the following link to see daily where I am daily SCOUT-LOFTY LAKES LOOP.

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THUMB DRIVES for $20 if you come by my place to pick one up, but email me when you’re coming, so I’ll be there. I’m not at the house, rather in the funky little white travel trailer parked to the west of the house.

Russ Smith from SKYCALL  SATELLITE hosting KSL OUTDOOR RADIO July 6, 2019.

Click for podcast: KSL OUTDOORS RADIO July 6: Russ Smith at the 5:00 minute point tells a funny story about Charlie Jennings in which I was involved, he then plugs the eBook telling an interesting experience with a woman from Texas, purchaser of my book that led her to him for a satellite phone for her dream trip to Red Castle. I then call in towards the end of the segment to participate in the conversation.

Scroll down to access the HIGH UINTAS NEWSLETTER of your choice

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LINKS TO RECENT YOUTUBE VIDEOS:

A 9 MINUTE YOUTUBE INTRODUCTION TO THE eBOOK-a literal Encyclopedia of the High Uinta Mountains

A YouTube video on THE GRANDADDIES

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UPDATE ON THE HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS for JULY 10, 2019

Below is seen Bald Mountain & Pass on Monday, July 8th –only one car in the Trailhead parking lot–scroll down to compare to June 24th–2 weeks ago.

 The Crystal Lake Trailhead parking lot was filled up with cars.  There were no cars in the Mirror Lake Trailhead parking lot.  

At the HIGHLINE TRAILHEAD–parking lot, now with no snow compared to two weeks ago–there were quite a few cars, but far from being filled up.  Below is the crude register showing the last hikers to sign in for 2018, and the first from 2019, on June 29th–the first only on that day, the second intending to go to “Deadhorse Pass”  which would have been impossible at that time with all the snow on the trail and on Rocky Sea Pass.

ONE OF THESE DAYS I’M GOING TO TAKE INITIATIVE TO SUPPLY THIS–THE GREATEST OF TRAILHEADS IN THE UINTAS–WITH A PROPER REGISTER AS OTHER TRAILHEADS HAVE.

EXPLORING THE SPRING CANYON/TRIAL LAKE ROAD intending to get to each of the lakes and report.  I had discovered this road during my research for writing my book and made a quick, late Fall, trip which pictures are in the book, along with maps of the area. 

I came to the first junction, with a “jeep road” leaving the main road to take me 2.5 miles–near Lambert Lake (A-2), but within .6 of a mile the road became just too rough for my old Ford Explorer, so I turned around and returned to the main road.  In my book I showed a picture of one of the secondary roads, called “jeep trails,” like the one below.

 I continued up the main road, and tried two more “Jeep trails,” and eventually turned around each time and returned to the main road.  I knew how to drive on these roads and keep from hitting my oil pan, but it was very hard on my 19-year-old Ford which I couldn’t afford to ruin–as I have envisioned it would have to be my last car–which makes me sound kind of old–which I proudly admit to since I’m still exploring and backpacking in my 84th year!  

I had to likewise, in my tie hacker explorations, park the car and hoof it when my road degenerated into what I have called the worst road of my experience, seen below.  

I did see coming in on one of those bad “jeep trails” a couple of ATV’s, each loaded with camping and fishing gear, which also of course would be possible in a tough jeep, or one of those big, brawny pickups many have today.   So, there are ways to get to all the lakes in the Spring Canyon area, but I finally cried “UNCLE!” — deciding to rather save my old Ford Explorer and leave it up to the younger generation. I more comfortably decided to check out the areas up the Scenic Byway, already reported on, and in coming back down the Byway, decided to explore another area not checked out before: 

THE SOAPSTONE BASIN.

Previously  I had ignored the area as there are no lakes or streams involved, but did know that said road, 14 miles from Kamas heads south to climb Soapstone Pass, and then drop down to the Wolf Creek Pass highway, U-35.  It ended up being a great drive through beautifully forested areas, with green meadows and tons of wildflowers–with quite a few campers enjoying the cool weather and beautiful mountains.  I’ll insert a picture or two for your interest. 

The first mile of the road is paved.  1/2 mile along it is an RV Dump Station, then a YMCA Camp, and a Forest Service Guard Station, the road by that time turning into dirt/gravel, but passable for any vehicle.  

The red highway you see below in the upper portion is the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, U-150.

 The red highway in the bottom portion is the Wolf Creek Pass highway, U-35. Lots of beautiful forests and meadows, and likely very good deer/elk hunting country.

The Pass is 3.5 miles from U-150, then 2 miles down to U-35, a total of only 5.5 miles  

HIGH UINTAS NEWSLETTER – beginning 04/19/19

HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE TRAIL OR ON AN ADVENTUROUS BACKWAY SOON

Your trail buddy,  Cordell


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IMPORTANT NOTE TO BUY BOOK: I suggest you choose PayPal as it is the fastest. You don’t have to have a PayPal acct. just click on it, then click on “Create an Account,” and you will be given options for the Credit or Debit card of your choice..

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Russ Smith from SKYCALL SATELLITE hosting KSL OUTDOORS RADIO this morning.

Click for podcast: KSL OUTDOORS RADIO July 6: Russ Smith at the 5:00 minute point tells a funny story about Charlie Jennings in which I was involved, he then plugs the eBook telling an interesting experience with a woman from Texas, purchaser of my book that led her to him for a satellite phone for her dream trip to Red Castle. I then call in towards the end of the segment to participate in the conversation.

Scroll down to access the HIGH UINTAS NEWSLETTER of your choice

Click below to see a short YouTube video : A great Introduction to the unique digital book

NOW OPEN

HADES CANYON & THE GRANDVIEW TRAILHEAD

“GATEWAY TO THE GRANDADDIES”

When the gate was opened there were 10 cars waiting to get to the Trailhead. Monday a Wilderness Ranger hiked through the snow to the Grandaddies, and found the lakes free of snow and fishable. There are a few trees and lots of water on the trail. Many are heading for the high country.

For guidance & suggestions, see my YouTube video on “THE GRANDADDIES”

Apparently, this year will not be as bad as in 2011 when on July 8th we could get to the Trailhead, but the trail bridge, up from the trailhead, on that day was as seen below.

You can also call the Forest Service in Duchesne to check on conditions.  Their telephone is (435)-738-2482.

OTHER UPDATING FROM THE FOREST SERVICE IN DUCHESNE:

Other trailheads are accessible on the South Slope, such as Rock Creek, Lake Fork/Moon Lake, Swift Creek and the Uinta River. Even the highest trailhead–10,400 ft. elevation– in the Uintas, THE CENTER PARK TRAILHEAD, up Hell’s Canyon is open, but there is water everywhere so be careful.

The crews of Wilderness Rangers will now be able to go to work clearing the trails.

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BALD MOUNTAIN PASS

Open since the weekend – pictures below on Monday,June 24, 2019

 The Pass is  10,759 feet high–about the same as Hades Pass, “Gateway to the Grandaddies.”

 Hayden Peak & Mt. Agassiz and area where the Duchesne River is born.Mirror Lake, elevation 10,050 ft.,  was still covered with ice–but beginning to break up, Grandaddy Lake is about 10,300 ft. still covered with ice.

CONFESSION:  Please forgive me, but I just noticed that I goofed and missed in my book Mirror Lake. Wow!  It likely isn’t the only flaw, but–like they say, “Nobody is perfect!” Please let me know of other mistakes so that I will come closer to perfection in edition 2.  

CANCEL THE CONFESSION: I did include Mirror Lake but did not include it in the area covered by the Mirror Lake Trailhead that was the last segment of the Wilderness Area. Rather I included Mirror Lake as part of the Western Uintas including in the Index.

 The HIGHLINE TRAILHEAD at Hayden Pass, 10,380 ft. high, Monday June 24th.

The short road in to the Trailhead was still buried in snow. Even though the weather in Salt Lake City is heating up, with 90+ degrees this week, it likely will still be a cou[ple of weeks before hiking the Highline Trail comfortably–like mid-July.

THE NORTH SLOPE SCENIC BACKWAY
A few days ago there was a problem at Elizabeth Pass, but that has now been worked out and the road is open to the east.

The Provo River falls on June 24th–yesterday.  It will quickly become a raging torrent of water as the thaw picks up steam.

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HIGH UINTAS NEWSLETTER – beginning on April 19, 2019

HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE TRAIL OR ON AN ADVENTUROUS BACKWAY SOON!

IMPORTANT NOTE: I just found a website that gives a complete SUMMARY–from my old website– OF MY 3 EFFORTS TO FINALLY GET TO “LITTLE ANDY LAKE,” meeting Teresa who screamed, “NO, YOU’RE DEAD,” the meeting of Jake Hirschi & kids & more.   To go to it- click on: LITTLE ANDY LAKE, I’M DEAD? & JAKE & KIDS

UNIQUE eBOOK NOW AVAILABLE

IMPORTANT NOTE TO BUY BOOK: I suggest you choose PayPal as it is the fastest. You don’t have to have a PayPal acct. just click on it, then click on “Create an Account,” and you will be given options for any Credit or Debit card of your choice.

SCROLL DOWN FOR ACCESS TO ALL OF THE HIGH UINTAS NEWSLETTERS, and TO SEE THE INCREDIBLE VARIETY OF INFORMATION IN THE BOOK.

COUNTDOWN TO UINTAS OPENING– SNOW DEPTH ON KEY PASSES
Date: May 1: BALD MT. PASS =  86″  – WOLF CREEK PASS = 46″

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CLOSED June 20: BALD MT. PASS-32″

OPEN — Monday June 24: BALD MT. PASS- 28″

NOTE: I MADE AN EXPLORATORY TRIP TODAY AND WILL GET ON MY WEBSITE A REPORT WITH PICTURES LATER TONIGHT (Monday) OR TOMORROW. I’M RIGHT NOW TRYING TO FINISH A YouTube VIDEO TO PROMOTE THE BOOK. ONCE DONE i’LL GET THE PHOTO/REPORT ON THIS WEBSITE, INCLUDING THE STATUS OF THE GRANDVIEW TRAILHEAD.

Snow plowing of the MIRROR LAKE SCENIC BYWAY began Monday-June 17th, and will likely take a week or more before the Scenic Byway is open. and I’ve got to add that the North Slope Rd. for one to do the AUTO-LOOP TOUR, promoted in my book, will likely have at least one difficult stretch, at Elizabeth Pass that is 10,235 ft. high– so best check with the Forest Service in Evanston or the Bear River Ranger station before attempting said road.

The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway is still closed –the chance for this week Sat. 6/22 is “very slim,” and most likely will be next week.

NOTE: The elevation of Hades Pass, “Gateway to the Grandaddies” is approximately the same as Bald Mt. Pass–so this pass–closed still– is an indication of accessibility to the Grandaddies from the Grandview Trailhead.

OPEN — June 18: WOLF CREEK PASS =officially with no snow.

The gate for the Hades Canyon Road to the GRANDVIEW TRAILHEAD is open but still only passable to the Splash Dam on Thursday, June 20th. Maybe to the Trailhead inside of a week, but even when the Trailhead is accessible, the trail to Hades Pass and the Grandaddies will be difficult, as attested to by the high runoff engulfing the bridge up from the Trailhead–seen below in 2011 on July 8th– so be patient. Check with the Duchesne Forest Service Ranger Station for current conditions –Tel. 435-738-2482.

The Duchesne River was expected to reach FLOOD STAGE (13.3 feet) by Thursday 6/20 , so the thaw is happening quickly. It is “comparable to June 2011 when the river reached f;ppd stage – 14.4 feet.”

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HIGH UINTAS NEWSLETTERS – beginning on April 19, 2019

4/30/19 1:00PM, 30 minute interview on BYU Radio: CONSTANT WONDER then click on backpacking the Safe Way

BYU Radio’s Marcus Smith interviewing me on the CONSTANT WONDER show

KSL Outdoors podcast 4/20/19 Book announced

KSL Outdoors podcast 4/27/19 Cordell’s report 

KSL Outdoors Radio podcast 5/11/19 Cordell’s report from Promotory Point in 1869

At the 14 minute point I was introduced as having been the only now living who was there for the Golden Spike at Promontory Point 150 years ago….hear what I had to say about it.

I was in studio for the 2 hour show with historic discussions about the “UNSUNG AMERICAN HEROES WITHOUT WHOM THERE WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN A TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD OR WINNING OF THE WEST.”

May 18, 1st segment: 18 minutes introduction–I’m at the 11 minutes point.

May 18, 2nd segment: TIE HACKS “Unsung American Heroes” 20 minutes

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Below is the TABLE OF CONTENTS: History, Legends & Life Saving Stories –
INFORMATION NOT IN ANY ONE BOOK ON THE PLANET

BOOK FINISHED…and available at the $15.95 price until June 30th when the price will become $19.95

The eBook becomes the only one with updated  information on  630 lakes and more than 1,700 color photographs & maps showing the Uintas like never seen before…..EQUAL TO, OR BETTER THAN MANY NATIONAL PARKS

……..THE eBOOK is a literal

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UINTA MOUNTAINS

A Complete Guide to High Adventure 

For: An 856 Mile Auto Loop Tour 

For:  Hiking, lightweight backpacking, horse & goat packing

ALL IN COLOR LIKE NEVER  SEEN BEFORE!
Plus intertwined throughout–the intriguing & colorful:

HISTORY, LEGENDS, & STORIES OF SURVIVAL

Including 2,000 miles of backpacking experience in the high country of an old mountain man and what he learned that can 

SAVE YOUR LIFE!

Plus in so many ways…….

…….ENHANCE  & MULTIPLY OUR GRATITUDE FOR THE WONDERMENT OF THE HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS!

HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE TRAIL IN 2019

in

MY 84th YEAR!

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HAS THE OLD EXPLORER/MOUNTAIN MAN FINALLY EXPIRED?

Certainly looks that way!

It was bound to happen, and he always quoted Jonathan Dorn who said:

“DEATH BE NOT BORING–I’VE LIVED WELL, I’VE ADVENTURED WIDELY, I WILL NOT DIE POORLY!” 

 His dreams listed his #1 option as 

Backpacking in the Uintas!

His ashes to be spread between Kings Peak and Guatemala.

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In recent years many he met on the trail  learned about his:

BOOK–of all High Uintas books

They all advised him:   

“GET TO IT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!”

Did he pay attention to the advise?

We are happy to announce that he did, and 

the e-book is now finished, except for the index, and updating the information on all the 650+ lakes with the Division of Wildlife Resources–both of which will be accomplished in January 2019.

THE BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE BY SPRING.

The E=BOOK  is a literal

Encyclopedia of the Uinta Mountains

677 pages long, but won’t fill-up the shelf in your library rather just occupy a little space on your computer–unless you decide to print it yourself which you can easily do–and to save printer ink, just do it in black & white and see the colors on your computer, or just print those pages of most interest, like for an adventure you are planning in the Uintas–especially important the topographical maps with routes plotted and distances inserted.  

The 93 articles covering History, Legends, & Survival Stories, with others in the Appendix–will sometimes have you smile, sometimes  give you a good laugh,  sometimes have tears fill your eyes, but will  always inspire and fill your heart with gratitude to the Creator for having given us this magnificent  swath of beauty we call THE UINTAS. 

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The easily understood 

Rules to Avoid Tragedy &   Enjoy Safely your adventures

 are worth their weight in gold and  will have your 

         ADVENTURES COME ALIVE & WILL SAVE  LIVES--MAYBE YOUR LIFE! 

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Oh, and by the way, Little Andy, hasn’t expired……yet! 

So, I’m  still alive and  doing my darndest to 

NEVER GIVE IN, NOR GIVE UP…. ……Easily!

I’ve  had one heck of a time with a bit of lower back-left buttock pain, but mostly solved increasing my intake of cod liver oil, plus gradually strengthening the right muscles with special sit-ups daily with an 8 lb. barbell in each hand, plus of course flexibility exercises, 40-50 complete push ups–rather than the tons of phony ones I used to do, and my  daily hikes with a 35 lb. backpack–now, with the cold, done at the Fitness Center in American Fork. 

I am having  one difficult time overcoming chronic bronquitis that hit me  last winter, and persisted through the summer making high altitude a special problem–as explained in previous posts, but gradually being overcome  once again I’m helped with increased intake of cod liver oil, plus an extreme version of my  Wellness Formula explained in the Anti-Aging Challenge articlewith an updated version, now with photographs in the Appendix of the book.

Signs of progress are positive, even though the Dr. says there is no cure, rather just ways of managing it–but one way or another I will be backpacking during the 2019 season, after the book is published, and, being en e-book–I will be able to update it with a couple of three explorations in the Uintas that are pretty ambitious. DON’T COUNT ME OUT YET!

 I’ll say no more for right now, but updates will first be posted this summer on this website.  

        HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE TRAIL IN 2019

IN MY 84th YEAR.           

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UPDATING…EATING A BIT OF CROW?…..HANG ON TO SEE

The hope for 2018  was to culminate the  backpacking season–doing the entire 106 mile HIGHLINE TRAIL — not the 76 to 80 mile trail all the guide books are wrong about.

I was to warm up and see if I was ready by doing: 

1.  A 3-4 day backpack up Main Fork, finishing explorations of the tie hackers, and getting to HELL’S HOLE BASIN.

Then, if that went well, do:

2. A 4 day backpack to NATURALIST BASIN…..

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But, complete recovery from my 2017 back surgery…was causing trouble especially going downhill with a backpack….the JOLT causing acute pain.

But, then   3 months of chronic bronchitis  fouled up
the plan.  It  was worse than my 10 surgeries, 2 radiation treatments, and fight  defeating  peripheral nueropathy and matatarsilitis, as I couldn’t keep up my exercise program–and lost almost everything.

I went to work trying to get it back but found it was very slow.
 

When the Uintas thawed out I made an experimental trip to see how the elements of bronchitis, that were still hanging on, affected my problem with High Altitude Sickness, and found it was hurting me.

 

But I was at least trying and learning in my 83rd year, and wasn’t ready yet to have another FOREST GUMP MOMENT.

Then, ahead of schedule, I had a chance to go to the GRANDADDIES with Ted Packard and son Mike.

But, I had to let them go up the trail, leaving me to do it my way….as best I could, and told them to “not worry if you don’t every see me again!”  

That sounded a little shocking, so quickly had to qualify it, meaning….

…..”don’t ever see me again until you come back down the trail on the last day of the backpack!”

My pulmonary capacity was awful and  I had to rest too often, but had to push myself at least a few miles to where I could find water.  I experimented with a new bivy bag I think I mentioned I would use to save 1 lb. of weight, and with the rain that night found IT WAS AWFUL, but I survived the night.  NOTE: The first thing I did on returning to civilization was to give it to Deseret Industries!  I then used my poncho as a lean-to–the mosquitoes at night being no problem as the coolness of the night had them going inactive.

It was a struggle for me, and the JOLTS coming down painful for my back, yet came out of it feeling…

I CAN STILL DO THIS–JUST HAVE TO FOCUS ON CAREFULLY  

STRENGTHENING MY BACK, & DAILY HIKING AROUND TOWN WITH BACKPACK thru ANOTHER WINTER & SPRING. 

WITH 2 A DAY WORKOUTS,  POSITIVE SIGNS FOR ANOTHER COMEBACK ARE ENCOURAGING FOR MY 84th YEAR.

In the meantime all the rest of my time is dedicated to creating the unique book — now with 330 pages finished with stunning color,  incredible history,  believable legends,  life-saving survival stories, and…..
….. guidance for safe & enjoyable–auto, backpacking, horse & goat packing — forays into the
HIGH UINTAS MOUNTAINS
as well as also having complete guides for the Wilderness Area, as well as for the Western and the Eastern Uintas with information none of the present guide books have.

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2018 PLANS FOR THIS OLD BACKPACKER!

SORRY ABOUT BEING SLOW TO GET THIS REPORT OUT!

I had big planes for this summer, I’ve been dreaming about and planning all Winter & Spring, all my 16 year HIGH UINTAS WILDERNESS PROJECT crowned hopefully in

August by doing the entire …….

…….–all the way to near Flaming Gorge, plus extras for 126 miles.

But my earlier “EXPERIMENTAL TRIP” showed some problems with my pulmonary capacity & High Altitude Sickness, due to 3 months of bronchitis during the winter….with some aspects that have persisted.

But I’ve also suffered from hay fever that for the first time in my life has been a real killer, plus still struggling to recover from my 2017 back surgeryand, some would say me being in my 83rd yearwhich isn’t as bad as it sounds, as 

I’m actually only 82 years old.

But, it all adds up to backpacking not being as enjoyable as in past years……but, I’m working at it and still might surprise a few people, with hopes of doing a couple of backpacks in August when the mosquitoes are gone….and seeing how it goes:

DOING THIS EVERY DAY, plus…

Today, July 7, 2018 hiking around town with a 40 lb. load, and when

offered money or a ride, I yell at them:

“THANKS, but I’m not an old homeles guy, but an eccentric millionaire out getting his life giving exercise!”

The hoped for  backpacks will be:

1.  A 3-4 day backpack up Main Fork, finishing explorations of the tie hackers, and getting to HELL’S HOLE BASIN.

Then, if that goes well, do:

2. A 4 day backpack to NATURALIST BASIN…..

Depending on how they go….I’ll see what more can be realistically done, but all the rest of my time DEDICATED TO WRITING …..

THE MOST UNIQUE HIGH UINTAS BOOK IN EXISTENCE.

 

Called, “BAD ASS” on BYU RADIO!!!!

NOTE:  There were apparently a couple of negative reactions to the “Bad Ass” label thinking it was a bit “crude” ….. so for your information here is one positive interpretation by the one who should know….as she ran the show:
ONE POSITIVE REACTION –

Cordell, you deserved the praise. Thanks again for coming on the show!”

Julie Rose, Host

https://www.byuradio.org/episode/e7b87e9c-1bb7-4f4d-8d8a-c9908bcd3f0d/top-of-mind-with-julie-rose-the-making-of-a-psychiatrist-hiking-culture-panel

Thanks Julie for making it clear that in the jargon of outdoor people today the label was a positive one of “praise”

TEST TRIP TO BALD MT. PASS — HIGHLINE TRAILHEAD – PASS LAKE TRAILHEAD – SCOUT LAKE – A SHOOTOUT TALE

PROVO RIVER FALLS  June 4, 2018

BALD MOUNTAIN-11,943 ft.  & PASS 10,759 ft.

 on June 4, 2018

No access yet to the parking lot on Monday, June 4th, so I passed on my plan to climb the mountain.

Note:  On my return on June 6th the parking lot was accessible with one car parked, with hikers on the trail.

The HIGHLINE TRAIL HEAD

One car had driven through the snow on the road and was parked at the Trailhead

The REGISTER lists the last visitors of the 2017 Season, and

THE FIRST TO REGISTER FOR 2018 on June 4th

THE WINNER:  KARA BUCKLY

For the night of June 4th I parked for the night at the Highline Trailhead horse section guarded by Hayden Peak–

NOT CAMPING as that was prohibited.

I was rather “GLAMPING”  — Google it!

THE POINT OF THE TRIP

IMPORTANT NOTE:  As explained in my previous post (scroll down to see it), the main purpose of this trip was to check out“the reasonable capability of an old guy in his 83rd year”to still do some heavy duty backpacking, all complicated by  having suffered a serious setback during the winter of 2-3 months of bronchitis, with vestiges of it hanging on including reduced pulmonary capacity, and of crucial importance NOT BEING ABLE TO MAINTAIN MY DAILY PHYSICAL TRAINING WITH BACKPACK.  All of that on top of–as I’ve grown older having increasing problems with High Altitud Sickensss  (HAS)

I was checking myself frequently with my Oximeter--for oxygen in my blood, and with my blood pressure monitor.  BP & pulse was always good.  My normal 96 oxygen in blood at home dropped to 90  and then to 87 at Bald Pass, but normalized to 90 at Highline Trail Head (elevation 10,380 ft.).

Getting out and walking around  made a noticeable difference, feeling out of breath easily.  I never felt completely well during the 3 day trip, while up above 10,000 ft.

THE PROBLEM:  The night went badly with all of a sudden my body reverting back to the problems of bronchitis with  some coughing and a dull ache in my upper back/lung area making sleep impossible.  I struggled, but finally checked my oxygen in blood which had dipped to 82, but BP  still normal. I took one Diamox tablet, and  resorted to what I had learned helped eliminate the dull ache, taking 2 cod liver gel caps every 3 hours (as a noninflammatory).  I got through the night but it was a bad night and a bad sign for heavy duty backpacking at much higher elevations with heavy loads.

On my way back to the Pass Lake Trailhead, I did a little walking getting in a good position to photograph Butterfly Lake, with Bald Mountain & Reids Peak in the distance. 

I did feel I had to do a little hiking at least–but not the overnight backpack I had thought of doing up to Scout Lake and on to Lofty, and even then swing around by Kamas Lake, but with the trouble I was having, felt it best to just do a day-hike to Scout and Lofty Lakes. I had a special reason to get to SCOUT LAKE as I’ll explain once I get there. 

This area, west of the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, is not a Wildernesss Area, and so, as you can see above there aren’t as many restrictions.  In the Wilderness there is a limit of 15 per group–no limit here.  In the Wilderness Area you have to camp 200 feet from water, and in most areas have to be 1/4 mile distant from lakes to have a campfire.

When I got to the steep part….which was the majority of the trail, I entertained myself taking pictures of the main “first flowers of the season” I’ll insert below.

Spring Beauty

White globe flower

 Candy Tuft

Marsh marigold 

Glacier lily

There was some snow on the trail, and other hikers told me that the trail to Lofty Lake, 10,888 ft. elevation, had so much snow covering boulder fields that they decided not to risk going on. 

SCOUT LAKE – 10,397 ft. elevation

On the other side of the Lake you can see a log structure, which you see below–part of the STEINER BOY-GIRL SCOUT CAMP that is accessed from the highway a mile or so  up the road from the Pass Lake Trailhead.  Some of the facility apparently reaches the lake.

I wasn’t feeling too well, and so ignored my usual testing of the water for fish, just had my lunch and rested a bit.

NOW FOR THE SCOUT LAKE “GUNFIGHT” TALE

Back in pioneer times in Utah there arose tales of GOLD in the Uintas–everywhere from “Montezuma’s Treasure” from the Aztecs, to a series of old Spanish mines, to the “Gold of Carre-Shinob,” and of course “The Lost Rhoades mine.”  People involved in the stories are Isaac Morley, Brigham Young,  Ute Chief Walker, Thomas Rhoades and his son, Caleb.

Eventually from 1906 when Caleb died —  until at least 1920 the search was much in the hands of  a European immigrant, F.M.C. Hathenbruck.

He was of royal European ancestry, but an illegitimate son who nonetheless could have become Kaiser of Germany, and at another point in his life could have become the “richest man in the world.”

He rather won degrees as a medical doctor and mineralogist who migrated to the U.S.  and via working for the Army, having a Medical Clinic & Assay Office in Telluride, Colorado, another in Park City, Utah, ended up in Provo, Utah with a medical practice.  He was an expert in Indian cultures and a trusted friend of the Utes who would come all the way from the Uintah Basin to be treated by him.  He was always a  mineral seeker, had a store in Provo–he neglected by seeking for mineral riches, and in 1920 organized a serious, last ditch  effort to find the Lost Rhoades mine, but by 1928 was selling sewing machines and life insurance door to door in Provo to survive.

Backing up a bit, in about 1894 he became involved with Caleb Rhoades who needed someone the Indians trusted to gain access to Indian Reservation lands in search of the mines mentioned. In those adventures they often needed the protection of “gunfighters,” beginning friendships with Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch.

In 1920 Hathenbruck organized a team to come into the Uintas from Wyoming to avoid detection.  His group of  13, included 11 who were the best gunmen available–mostly connected to Butch’s Wild Bunch, plus a cook and an assayer. The leader, Caleb Landreth,  was also a self-proclaimed prophet who claimed divine guidance from a deceased Indian Princess. On horseback they followed the Bear River south, and then up Hayden Fork and over the pass arriving at their destination SCOUT LAKE, and an old cabin from which a well defined trail led up the mountain.   NOTE:  The Cabin was years later burned down by the Forest Service

There Landreth announced a vision revealing that half of what they found would be used to organize a new church, of course with him as prophet.  That created murmuring and protests in the group–not exactly the religious type.

Rock M. Pope, from Vernal began plotting to kill some of the group as soon as they found the mine. Matt Warner, who rode with the Wild Bunch, heard about it and made a plan to save them.  As they returned to camp after the first day’s search, one apparently having found rich ore, but when asked  where he defiantly told Pope to “Go to hell!”  He was promptly shot, which began a shootout, Warner shooting Pope, and by the end five of them were dead, and others wounded some never to be seen again.

Several efforts were made by survivors to return to the area and find the mine, but with no success.  Matt Warner, was  elected Justice of the Peace, town marshal and deputy sheriff at Price.  He returned several times to the Scout Lake area prior to his death in 1938, but failed to find the mine

(Information above summarized from the book, THE UTAH GOLD RUSH:  The Lost Rhoades Mine and the Hathenbruck Legacy, by Kerry Rose Boren & Lisa Lee Boren).

THIS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF MANY SUCH HISTORICAL TIDBITS THAT WILL BE INTERTWINED THROUGHOUT MY BOOK ON THE HIGH UINTAS.

Now, back to my effort to determine my immediate future.

We are on the edge of the mountain south of Scout Lake, seeing Bald Mountain, and on the left Mirror Lake, which I’ll zoom in on  below.

I made it back to the car safely demonstrating good balance, and  quick agile reactions on the rocky trail.  To be honest what I was looking for simply was, quoting from my previous post: 

If it seems reasonable, smart and enjoyable……”

…I would then continue with my plans.

I also mentioned being considered stubborn, my reply being, “I’m also likely dumb–like most people, but not stupid!”  So the honest truth is that as simple as everything was, for whatever reasons, it was hard, as I continually felt sort of sick in the high country, and so it wasn’t really enjoyable!

I hate to admit that because it means that for the present my backpacking plans have to be put  on hold, and I’ll dedicate more time to writing the book.

  But, I will continue my efforts to work-out and get strong, hoping for being able to soon be able to say again,

“IT IS ENJOYABLE!”

On the way home, MOOSEHORN LAKE with  Hayden Peak in the background

I stopped at the Crystal Lake Trailhead to see about our missing friend, Melvin Heaps.  His picture was still there as he has never been found.

He was just going on a day hike,  but didn’t tell anyone exactly his destination.  He likely didn’t go either with the equipment he might need for bad, cold, rainy  weather, or  what he would need  to survive any  eventualities. 

I pulled off  at the only  place along the Byway I’ve never stopped at and took a few pictures needed for the first section of the BOOK, entitled:

“Merrily We Roll Along”

In Our Cars Doing a 500 Mile Loop Tour of the

UINTA MOUNTAINS

  One day I’ll climb down into the canyon to try a little fishing for trout that have perhaps never seen an artificial lure.

NOTE:  In the coolness of twilight today, June 7th, I did my little hike around town with my backpack full of 40 lbs. of water in soda pop bottles,  and IT WAS ENJOYABLE, so…..…..I’m not GIVING IN ……………………..EASILY!

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