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Shafer Trail: Goose Neck Viewpoint

Directly across the river from the north end of the Goose Neck is a turn-out on Shafer Trail that
serves as unofficial viewpoint. It is at the center of this WikiMapia aerial image (click on any rectangle
for information): http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=38460226&x=-109760081&z=15&l=0&m=a&v=2 .

I stopped there to inspect the north slope of the Goose Neck with the idea of
finding thereon a scrambling route to the mesa. In 2004 I stopped here too.

Something happened this time that I had not expected: my attention
shifted for the first time away from the north slope to the northeast
slope, which I had previously dismissed as too difficult to ascend
because of a cliff band. Life is full of surprises.
.
Morning inspection
Morning inspection
The north slope
The north slope
Lighting reveals a problem with the route I had decided on two years earlier
Lighting reveals a problem with the route I had decided on two years earlier
Riverside vegetation
Riverside vegetation
Shadows, game trails, and a jungle of tamarisk
Shadows, game trails, and a jungle of tamarisk
Unknown thing looming above me next to the road
Unknown thing looming above me next to the road
This dwarf evening primrose was about the only flower at the viewpoint
This dwarf evening primrose was about the only flower at the viewpoint
Breakfast at the precipice over the Colorado River
Breakfast at the precipice over the Colorado River
View from below of the Goose Neck Viewpoint on the White Rim Trail
View from below of the Goose Neck Viewpoint on the White Rim Trail
View from Shafer Trail of the Goose Neck Viewpoint on the White Rim Trail
View from Shafer Trail of the Goose Neck Viewpoint on the White Rim Trail
Survey marker with Shafer Trail in the background
Survey marker with Shafer Trail in the background
Survey marker up close
Survey marker up close
Bench to left of river looks interesting
Bench to left of river looks interesting
Slope of increased interest
Slope of increased interest
The problem
The "problem"
The blue beast waits for me
The blue beast waits for me