|Poison Spring Cyn; background / Happy Cyn; foreground|
Our trip into Sams Mesa Box Canyon settled the question of a possible future backpacking trip. The next morning I sat in the sun looking at maps and drinking coffee. We didn't want to spend a bunch of time driving around so we settled on driving about 20 minutes further out onto Sams Mesa. The contour lines on the quad begged exploration along the north rim of Happy Canyon out to a point that forms between Happy Canyon and the Dirty Devil River. Long story short: We walked 11 miles for a picnic!
After leaving the blazer at roads end we slogged about two miles through dunes and blackbrush, which left us literally asking each other "just what in the hell are we doing"? Once we got to the rim of Happy Canyon we took a break above The Pinnacle and contemplated turning around. We ate some nuts, and decided to continue, happy we did, because the rim walk was the best part of the hike. We saw no sign of anyone, and wondered at how impossible such a walk would be in mid-summer because of the exposure. A bit over 5 miles from the blazer we arrived at the point of land overlooking a canyon system that rivals Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands Nat'l Park.
Several hours later, back at the car, we camped at another wonderful overlook feeling super lucky to have scored such nice weather, just in time for Lisas spring break.
|Burr Point; upper right background|
|The Pinnacle from Happy Canyons north rim|
|pee stain & a picnic spot|
|Happy Canyon Narrows from Sams Mesa|
|Another wonderful rim camp|