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Down Moody Canyon—From the Trailhead in the Circle Cliffs to the River.

Updated: Mar 27, 2021

After exploring the Purple Hills, it was time to backpack down Main Moody Canyon to the Escalante River.



A cell phone video showing my friend, his dog, and me, backpacking down Moody Canyon. This is one of my earliest attempts to create a video Blog. The sound quality is sometimes poor due to wind noise, but the video does give you a good idea of what the canyon looks like. Video: © Donald J. Rommes



After a good night's sleep, we rose with the sun, ate breakfast, and after our second cup of French press coffee, pulled on our backpacks and started hiking. The video is pretty self-explanatory and, as you will see, the canyon was not very photogenic—at least not in the harsh sunlight of that day. Further down the canyon, I saw one nice composition involving the house-sized Wingate boulders in the foreground and their source—the Wingate cliffs—in the background.

The upper part of Main Moody Canyon, a couple of miles down canyon from the trailhead. The Wingate sandstone of the Circle Cliffs are lower, and closer to the canyon floor. Exfoliated Wingate boulders litter the upper slopes of the underlying Chinle formation. The canyon is still 200-300 yards wide at this point. Photo: © Donald J. Rommes




Closer to the Escalante River, the Wingate walls reach nearly to the canyon floor, the canyon has narrowed considerably, and truck-sized boulders partly obstruct the wash. Photo: © Donald J. Rommes




Detail of salt patterns on the underside of a fallen Wingate boulder. Photo: © Donald J. Rommes

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