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Old 06-30-2005   #1
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Side hikes on Deso-Grey?

I've got a permit next week for the Deso-Grey section of the Green and am wondering if anyone can recommend any good side hikes?

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Old 06-30-2005   #2
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Good hikes: The northern firewater canyon has a hike to an old bootlegger's hideout, Rock creek has a good trail to some petroglyphs as well as some pictographs, Chicken rock either to the chicken itself or the overlook above the river has good views, the rock fin that towers over Rattlesnake rapid is a walk up from the downstream side, but the best approach is from the campsite upstream river right.
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Deso/Gray Hikes

I joined Steve Allen on his Deso/Gray river trip last year to track down all the elusive cattle trails of the 1800's to the early 1900's (he's writing a history of the area) . Two, easy memorable hikes that stand-out are, the hike up Rock Creek to the rim and the hike from Rock Creek north contouring the river (approx 400' above) to Steer Ridge, 2.5-3 miles upstream. We carried our pfds and floated back downstream. We also brought all of the topographical maps of the river corridor as well. Have Fun!
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Technically river left from Firewater down past McPhearson's Ranch is Uinita Reservation land. Several years ago the Utes were writing trespassing tickets and reporting offenders to the BLM. I heard of a proposed land swap but don't know if it went through. Does anyone know?

I second the Rock Creek hike to the rim. About 2 miles up canyon look for a rough trial heading steeply up the left side of the canyon. There are usually some carins. The trail gets better as it goes. There is also a small grainery in the first canyon down from Rock Creek.
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Old 07-01-2005   #5
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Thanks guys! It sounds like Rock creek is the way to go...
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Over the years periodically there has been a Rock Creek Open. Bring golf clubs/balls. Start at the lower camp downstream of the creek about 3/4 miles. There are about 7 horsedrawn farm implements scattered up the old
homestead. Hit one with a ball and you're in the hole. Carry a cooler for refreshments and wear your life jackets. At the 7th hole strap the cooler jump in and float back to camp. Be sure to mark your initials on your balls to
avoid confusion. It's truly my favorite course on the planet.
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