Day hike up to Glendale Bench

6:20 p.m. on November 11, 2013 (EST)
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I went to the top of Glendale Bench and then instead of going around Red Hollow I decided to hike north along the edge of the bench and came down thru the town of Glendale. I left the highway this morning at 9 am and it took me over an hour to climb the steep road to the radio tower and another 30 minutes to get to the top of the bench. I could see long valley from Glendale to Mt Carmel and all the way west to the top of the East Temple above Zion. To the north I could see the Sunset Cliffs which are in the same sandstone formation that Bryce is in and they look similar with Hoodoo's. It was a brushy hike thru Manzanita,scrub oak and pines. I tried to come down Stewart Hollow which is a couple miles above Orderville but came down to a 20 foot drop in the cliff so I had to back track and get back up on the other side of Stewart Hollow to the north and followed the rim for a ways till I came to upper Spring Hollow and went around it to the east, its a longer canyon and I had to go about two miles before getting to the head of the hollow and crossing to the north side. I decided not to go back west to the rim of the bench and stayed straight as possible heading towards the Glendale Road that led down to highway 89 at Glendale. I walked thru Glendale then at the south end of town started hitchhiking and caught a ride to where I live with a guy from Kanab.

This is the map of my route. The zigzag black line to the east of Orderville on the map below is where I started from the highway and walked up the steep 4X4 road to the radio towers. Then I followed a big hornsheep/mule deer trail up and around the small un-named canyon and made it to the bech top. The next canyon NE is Stewart Hollow and this is the one i tried to come down only to get cliffed above a 20 foot drop off. Spring Hollow is the next one north and even tho I saw animal tracks leading down at many places I did not attempt another down canyon hike.

At the head of Spring Hollow I came to a dirt road and followed i to the Glendale Road and came down to the highway.


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Later after I load and edit the photos I took today I will add them in. Glendale bench is about 1000 feet higher than where I live just northeast of Ordervills Utah in the lower left area. I think I walked about 10 miles today. Its November 11th but was a bright sunny day in the high 60's.

 

 

7:22 p.m. on November 13, 2013 (EST)
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These are the pictures I took along the Glendale bench Monday;


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Looking back down the steep 4x4 road into Long Valley


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A little higher view into Long Valley behind me


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The Pink Cliffs also called the Sunset Cliffs to the north with Long Valley below. The cliffs are in the same formation as Bryce Canyon NP.


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Looking down into Red Hollow (where I hiked last week). The White Cliffs layer can be seen here.


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Looking down on the town of Orderville, the small part Mormon community of 500 people with highway 89 running thru the middle. Looking west.


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Another view of Orderville with the West Temple above Zion Canyon on the left horizon 20 miles away shining in the mid morning sun.


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Another view of the Mouth of Red Hollow


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The radio tower and the West Temple in distance, I am now on the game trail


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Gardner Hollow above Orderville lays in the center leading back into the Table Bench country NW 


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Edge of the White Cliffs, Long Valley and the Sunset Cliffs on horizon


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Creek tree lined grass land lines Long Valley below, pasture and hay growing fields


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The West Temple view and the edge of Glendale Bench


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An old twisted Juniper tree branch still holds against the sky.


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The game trail goes thru the brush and trees in this picture towards the tall Ponderosa Pines near the center of the picture. I often follow game trails because they are usually wide enough to hike after many years of use. This trail was about 1-2 feet wide and used by Big Horn Sheep, Mule Deer and Coyotes, Mountain Lions also.


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Another view to the SW with Orderville and the West Temple


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Sandstone bluffs just as I start coming to the top of the bench


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A weathered bluff exposes the roots of a Juniper of the bluffs



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Looking back along the bluffs I followed from the radio tower


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Southwest view from Glendale Bench, the North Kaibab Plateau is on the horizon center which is also the North Rim of the Grand Canyon


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Blue Sagebrush,red sand and green junipers,cedars and pinions and yucca's.


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Small section of the Sunset Cliffs above the Table Bench lands NW of me



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Odd pattern in sandstone slab.The slab was about 3 feet wide and long, the dips are about 2 inches wide. I have never seen such a fossilized form on sandstone before. In Stewart Creek Canyon where I cut down and across the upper drainage


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Odd sandstone slab looking northeast in Stewart Creek Canyon


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Ivy like vine along Stewart Creek Canyon in sandstone


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Petrified sand dune exposed in Stewart Creek Canyon


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Eroded sandstone with water marks in Stewart Creek Canyon


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Now over north in Spring Hollow canyon, I tried to go down this canyon but got cliffed out at a 20 foot drop on a sandstone formation and turned back and went back to the top of the bench


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Southwest view from edge of Spring Hollow, the West Temple visible still on left horizon. The high point near  center is Clear Creek Mountain.


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Mormon Tea bush along upper Spring Hollow


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The Pink Cliffs above upper Spring Hollow


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View of Glendale Bench showing the area I hiked from right to left.





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