Loop from The Post, took the cutoff trail up then a side trip up the slickrock dome of PT 5964. Down canyon and back up the Halls Valley trail.
From LMT TH, at top of the switchbacks. Completely and utterly different from UMT.
Perfect weather, perfect light, and everything in bloom - so many colors. The Kayenta formation was in full, verdant display, with its sandstone ledges.
Every few steps brought changes in the canyon width, light, texture, and vegetation and elicited oohs and OMGs from our stunned and mystified group. We were in solitude to share the glory of this extraordinary "God's country" as the cowboys called it. This nature is my church and it feeds my soul. Home.
Hiked from The Post TH up and over Waterpocket Fold and into Lower Muley Twist Canyon. Followed this all the way to an trail juncture that allowed us to hike back to The Post cross-country. Intended to hike all the way to Hamburger Rocks, but my hiking companions were a bit tuckered and we agreed to head back early. Highlight of the hike were the several large overhanging alcoves dotted throughout the canyon.
March 16-17 2013
After a fairly late start, Kimberly, Kessler, Shaylee and I started up the Cutoff Trail on our way to Muley Twist Canyon. We found some descriptions of the Cutoff Trail to be over exaggerated as far as difficulty goes. It was a beautiful route.
Near where the trail traverses over to the saddle, Kessler, Shaylee and I decided to take a detour and to climb one of the high fins for the views and for a little fun. We found a challenging route up one of the big fins, but Shaylee stopped about seven feet from the summit.
After climbing the big fin, we made our way back to the standard route and then it was up and over the saddle and down into Muley Twist Canyon. We found water at the junction of the Cutoff Trail and Muley Twist Canyon, which was a good sign.
We continued down canyon enjoying the scenery and overhangs. It was mostly cloudy and rained a bit, but began to clear late afternoon.
We reached Cowboy Camp at around 4:30 pm and since there was some clear water available there, we decided to set up camp and explore around. We saw many old signatures including one we found, which was possibly from 1895 (it was hard to read). We found two others from 1896 and the others were mostly from the 1920’s, but some were from 1914 and some others were from 1936.
The next morning, after packing up camp, we headed down Muley Twist through the Fold and back up Halls Creek to the trailhead. We didn’t stop or poke around too much so we completed the 7 miles in three hours.
Overall, Lower Muley Twist is pretty average scenery wise, when in comparison to the nearby canyons, but with the big undercuts and signatures, it’s pleasant enough.
The weather was really good and nearly idea, temperature wise, but the drive home was windy and with dust storms. We were glad that we completed the hike before the wind hit.
The overhangs in this canyon were spectacular!
I can't get enough of this place.
Did this as a loop hike from the Post trailhead. It took a little over 7 hours round trip. We were moving really fast for the last couple miles because it was such a hot day. Then we hiked Upper Muley Twist the next day. I enjoyed both canyons.
Cool place, I liked the cut-off trail a lot, and the alcoves were fun. It's a good, long, desert hiking experience with solitude -- didn't see any other people most of the day, until we began to emerge from the canyon: we encountered a group of lost cowboys from Richfield on horseback. Being passed by them, the lack of slot-narrows, and the slightly too-high ratio of slogging to fun were the only things imperfect about the canyon, which is a good thing since it deters the crowds.