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Shafer Trail: Cross-Country Descent to the Colorado River

After getting a taste of the terrain at the southwest edge of "Thelma and Louise
Plateau," I returned the next day to experience it in more detail.

From the end of the "road" on the plateau I found a route down into a canyon that
opened up at an interesting rock bench beside the Colorado River. From a distance
the terrain appeared to be "impregnable," but up close it posed little technical
difficulty (easy gradient and very little "exposure"). However, route-finding was
a challenge---a combination of getting general views of the land from above and
heading off in a particular direction to "see if this way will work." I loved it.
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River Hike, Part 1: Descent to River Bench
:: River Hike, Part 1: Descent to River Bench ::
River Hike, Part 2: The Bench
:: River Hike, Part 2: The Bench ::
River Hike, Part 3: Amphitheater
:: River Hike, Part 3: Amphitheater ::
River Hike, Part 4: The Return
:: River Hike, Part 4: The Return ::