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Upper Muley Twist

This was an overnight hike starting 9th October in 'Upper Muley Twist' canyon on the southern part of Capitol Reef National Park in southern Utah. We hiked up the canyon with some side trips to explore a side canyon to the west and to scramble up the narrows at the northern end.

We then hiked up a cairned trail to the eastern rim of the canyon and hiked back south along the slickrock crest- the rim route. this had stunning views out east across the waterpocket fold to Tarantula Mesa and the Henry Mountains. Places we had visited on our Hayduke hike in 2014. A cold front passed over Utah on our hike so we had cold temperatures, below zero at night but nothing too bad. Another great scenic route! Map here
At Escalante Outfitters before driving out down the Burr Trail to Upper Muley Twist
At Escalante Outfitters before driving out down the Burr Trail to Upper Muley Twist
Upper muley twist in the evening
Upper muley twist in the evening
Upper muley twist- arch and moon
Upper muley twist- arch and moon
Upper muley twist in the evening on 4WD dirt road
Upper muley twist in the evening on 4WD dirt road
Upper muley twist
Upper muley twist
Dry camp in Upper muley twist
Dry camp in Upper muley twist
Cottonwood
Cottonwood
Arch near the exit from Upper muley twist
Arch near the exit from Upper muley twist
Upper muley twist
Upper muley twist
Upper muley twist- Good moon rising over an arch
Upper muley twist- Good moon rising over an arch
Upper muley twist
Upper muley twist
The canyon narrows nicely at the top
The canyon narrows nicely at the top
Spanning a side canyon!
Spanning a side canyon!
There is a nice scramble slickrock section to gain the rim of the canyon
There is a nice scramble slickrock section to gain the rim of the canyon
Rim route looking down to Upper muley twist
Rim route looking down to Upper muley twist
 Waterpocket fold across to Tarantula Mesa and the Henry Mountains
Waterpocket fold across to Tarantula Mesa and the Henry Mountains
 Waterpocket fold
Waterpocket fold
Rim route
Rim route