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DAY 2: DUTTON POINT TO SWAMP POINT

     It rained most of the night, so I'm glad I had my tent.  I pack my gear, take a few more pictures from Dutton Point, and leave around 8:00.

Holy Grail Temple from Dutton Point
10-2-2011 @ 8:01
Dutton Point
10-2-2011 @ 8:01

     The entire Powell Plateau is covered with Mole-Gopher holes.  The dirt is soft and fresh, making the walking a little hazardous if you aren't paying attention to all the burrowing activity.

Mole-Gopher holes
10-2-2011 @ 8:33
Mole-Gopher holes
10-2-2011 @ 8:33

     I never did find my sunglasses I dropped yesterday.  That's why I buy the $5 ones from Walmart, so I don't worry much when I loose a pair.  Pretty soon I come to the place with some serious bushwhacking.  This brush is packed in here tighter than a drum.  Fortunately, the going is a little easier downhill.

Dense bushwhacking
10-2-2011 @ 8:48
Dense bushwhacking
10-2-2011 @ 8:49
Dense bushwhacking
10-2-2011 @ 8:49

     I find a few more blooming flowers today.

Small-flowered Milkvetch
10-2-2011 @ 9:50
Fetid Marigold
10-2-2011 @ 9:57
Fleabane Daisy
10-2-2011 @ 9:57

     Intermittently, you are near the east edge of the Plateau, where the views are awesome looking across and down Canyon.

View from the Plateau
10-2-2011 @ 9:54
View from the Plateau
10-2-2011 @ 9:54

     I pick up the trail again and find a lot more tree markers going this direction.

Tree marker
10-2-2011 @ 9:58
Tree marker
10-2-2011 @ 10:01
Tree marker
10-2-2011 @ 10:03

     I never did find any ruins, but a picture of some of them taken by Erik Berg on a hike he did here in 2004 is shown below.  With only some base stones left, it's easy to miss them in the tall grass and piles of pine cones.

   
  Anasazi ruins
2004
 

     At the north edge of the Plateau, I meet a group of experienced hikers who have been up here several times.  We visit a while and then take each other's picture.

Richard on the Powell Plateau
10-2-2011 @ 10:57
Peter, Steve, Ron, Henry, and Frank
10-2-2011 @ 11:00

     I say goodbye to my new friends and start down.  The Powell Plateau is higher than Swamp Point, so using full zoom on my camera, I have a good view looking down on all the cars parked over there.

Cars at Swamp Point
10-2-2011 @ 11:07
View toward Swamp Point
10-2-2011 @ 11:11
View toward Swamp Point
10-2-2011 @ 11:16

     There are some interesting Hoodoo-like rock spires just south of Swamp Point.

Looking east from the Muav Saddle
10-2-2011 @ 11:46
Hoodoos near Swamp Point
10-2-2011 @ 11:46

     I have lunch about half-way up to Swamp Point and then continue the climb to the top.  The trailhead sign and my car are welcome sights.

North Bass trailhead sign
10-2-2011 @ 1:08
My car at the trailhead
10-2-2011 @ 1:09

     I drive back to Highway 67 and then start the long drive to Oklahoma.

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