Kauri Jacob Photography

WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE YOU READ ANY TRIP REPORTS:

These trip reports are not intended to be the sole information used if you plan to visit any of these places! Some of these locations are hard to access and require much skill in hiking (and often climbing) in rough territory as well as route finding in confusing terrain with no trace of a trail. Your safety is your responsibility (not mine). If you get into a difficult and/or dangerous situation, don't blame me! I have done my best to explain my footsteps, but I cannot guarantee your safety!

List of Reports by Location 

**Note that some reports may correspond to multiple locations.**

CALIFORNIA

Death Valley National Park

Cottonwood Mountains

"Peak 4120" near the Ubehebe Crater Area (December 2015 and January 2016) Report part 1Report part 2

Colorful area south of Ubehebe Crater (April 2016) Report part 1Report part 2

White Top Mountain Road, and Lost Burro Mine and Slot (April 2014) Entire report

Main (3rd) Side Canyon of Marble Canyon (December 2014 – January 2015) Report part 1Report part 2

Cottonwood Canyon Side Slot (December 2013 – January 2014) Entire report

Cottonwood Benchmark (April 2016) Report part 1Report part 2

"Canyon 0.5" and Cottonwood Arch (December 2015 and January 2016) Report part 1Report part 2.

Canyons 1 and 2 (December 2016) Report part 1Report part 2

Canyons 3 and 4 (April 2013) Entire report

Pothole Canyon (Canyon 7) (December 2014 – January 2015) Report part 1Report part 2

Canyons 8 and 9 (December 2013 – January 2014) Entire report

Panamint Mountains

Telescope Peak (April 2012) Entire report.

Wildrose Peak (April 2014) Entire report

A canyon near the top of Towne's Pass (December 2014 – January 2015) Entire report

Towne's Pass Slot #1 (April 2014) Entire report

Two more canyons in the Towne's Pass area (December 2014 – January 2015) Entire report

Jayhawker Canyon (January 2009) Entire report

Tucki Mine, Auguereberry Point, Skidoo (April 2011) Entire report.

Tucki Mountain Route Area (March 2015) Entire report

"Canyon E" (first major northern side canyon of Telephone Canyon) (April 2016) Report part 1Report part 2.

Canyon Between Black Point West and Telephone Canyon ("Cairn" Canyon) (December 2012 – January 2013) Entire report

Black Point "West" Canyon (April 2011) Entire report.

a canyon to the east of Black Point East Canyon (December 2011) Entire report.

upper reaches of the canyon northeast of Black Point East (March 2015) Report part 1Report part 2

"Ike" Canyon (December 2013 – January 2014) Entire report

Prospect Canyon (April 2010) Entire report.

Upper Mosaic Canyon (April 2014) Entire report.

Mosaic Canyon Rim Trail (April 2013) Entire report

Lower Grotto Canyon (January 2011) Entire report.

side canyon of Grotto Canyon (April 2012) Entire report.

The canyon just south of Little Bridge Canyon (December 2014 – January 2015) Entire report

Canyon just north of Cottonball Marsh Canyon (December 2013 – January 2014) Entire report

Cottonball Marsh Canyon (December 2012 – January 2013) Entire report

Upper Cottonball Marsh Canyon and Main Side Canyon (December 2012 – January 2013) Entire report

Grapevine Mountains

Corkscrew Peak (January 2010) Entire report. 

Thimble Peak (April 2013) Entire report

Grapevine Peak (April 2014) Entire report.

Backthrust ("North Moonlight") Canyon (November 2012) Entire report.

Near Backthrust Canyon (December 2016) Entire report.

Moonlight Bridge (April 2013) Entire report

Return to Moonlight Bridge (April 2013) Entire report

Moonlight Canyon 3rd Major Side Canyon (December 2013 – January 2014) Entire report

First Southern Side Canyon of Moonlight Canyon (December 2014 – January 2015) Entire report

Some Northern Side Canyons of Moonlight Canyon (March 2015) Entire report

Ridge North of Rock Nettle Canyon (December 2013 – January 2014) Entire report

"Rock Nettle" Canyon (December 2011) Entire report.

Rock Nettle Upper Canyon and Second Side Canyon (December 2012 – January 2013) Entire report

Gallery ("Rococo") Canyon (December 2013 – January 2014) Entire report

Upper Gallery Canyon (December 2014 – January 2015) Entire report

Area Between Rock Nettle Canyon and Red Wall Canyon (December 2012 – January 2013) Entire report

View into Canyon North of Red Wall Canyon (April 2013) Entire report

Red Wall Canyon (January 2012) Entire report.

Scruge Canyon and Turret Bridge (December 2014 – January 2015) Entire report

side canyon of Titus Canyon (April 2012) Entire report.

Above Major Titus Side Canyon (near Upper "Fall 2" Canyon) (April 2014) Entire report

a canyon below Titus Canyon (December 2011) Entire report.

Alluvial Canyon and the canyon just below Titus (December 2013 – January 2014) Entire report

"Fall 2" Canyon (January 2012) Entire report.

An area in the northern Kit Fox Hills (December 2015 and January 2016) Entire report.

More hiking in the Kit Fox Hills area (December 2016) Entire report.

Funeral Mountains

Double Bridge and Squeeze Slot (December 2015 and January 2016) Report part 1Report part 2

Keane Wonder Bridge and Cyty's Mill (December 2017)

Lower King Midas Canyon (below the old mule trail) (December 2017) Report part 1. Report part 2

Crown Bridge (December 2014 – January 2015) Entire report

First Northern Side Canyon of Funeral Slot Canyon (December 2014 – January 2015) Entire report

Funeral Slot Canyon Area (December 2016) Report part 1Report part 2

"More Slots" Canyon (January 2012) Entire report.

The northern of the two major canyons between Funeral Slot Canyon and Echo Canyon (upper "More Slots Canyon") (December 2015 and January 2016) Report part 1Report part 2

Lower "More Slots" Canyon, and the small drainage just south of Funeral Slot Canyon (December 2016)  Report part 1. Report part 2

"More Slots" Canyon again, and another small drainage between this canyon and Funeral Slot Canyon (December 2016) Report part 1Report part 2

The southern of the two major canyons between Funeral Slot Canyon and Echo Canyon, in the Funeral Mountains (December 2015 and January 2016) Report part 1Report part 2Report part 3

Upper Narrows of the canyon just north of Echo Canyon (December 2016)  Report part 1Report part 2

Upper part of the canyon just north of Echo Canyon (December 2017) Report part 1. Report part 2

The canyon between Echo Canyon and Slit Canyon ("Rockfall Canyon") (January 2011) Entire report.

Undertaker Canyon (January 2012) Entire report.

Hole-in-the-Wall road area (windy day short hike) (December 2016) Entire report.

Tarantula Slot and nearby peak (December 2013 – January 2014) Entire report

Narrows in canyons near Mummy Canyon (December 2014 – January 2015) Report part 1Report part 2

A slot canyon near Mummy Canyon, and Furnace Site in the Greenwater Valley (December 2014 – January 2015) Entire report

Black Mountains

Borax Benchmark (January 2012) Entire report.

Beyond Borax Benchmark (December 2015 and January 2016) Entire report.

Views from north of Borax Benchmark (December 2017) Report part 1. Report part 2

Minor drainage two north of Artists Palette (just south of Desolation Canyon) (December 2017) Entire report

Artist's Drive Dip #2 Canyon (April 2010) Entire report. 

"Balancing Rock Canyon" (canyon just south of Artists Drive First Dip Canyon, and north of Brimstone Canyon) (December 2017) Report part 1Report part 2

Brimstone Canyon (January 2010) Entire report

Hellfire Canyon (January 2009) Entire report.

Ridges North of Hellfire Canyon, and view into a northern side canyon of Hellfire Canyon (December 2016) Report part 1Report part 2

Hellfire Canyon (in more detail) (December 2017) Report part 1. Report part 2. Report part 3.

Mormon Point Canyon (January 2011) Entire report.

Lower Shoestring Canyon and the area between Willow and Sidewinder Canyons (December 2013 – January 2014) Entire report

Lower Forge Canyon, and Lower Artist's Palette Canyon 1 (December 2015 and January 2016) Entire report.

Foundry Canyon (December 2012 – January 2013) Entire report

Upper Scotty's Canyon and Gold Valley Area (December 2013 – January 2014) Entire report

Tramway Canyon (December 2016) Report part 1Report part 2

Racetrack Valley

Ubehebe Peak (March 2015) Entire report

Eureka Valley

Eureka Dunes and the Dedeckera Canyon area (December 2013 – January 2014) Entire report

Panamint Valley

Lake Hill from the Big 4 Mine Road (December 2013 – January 2014) Entire report

Darwin Falls (January 2011) Entire report.

Other Death Valley Locations

Ash Meadows Area (including Devil's Hole) (December 2014 – January 2015) Entire report

Wildflower photos from the 2016 superbloom (various locations) (April 2016) Entire report.

North Pass into Saline Valley, Marble Canyon (Saline Range) mining ruins, and Joshua Flats (June 2017) Report part 1Report part 2.

Undisclosed Locations

Sunlight Bridge and Sunlight Bridge Slot (December 2013 – January 2014) Entire report

Crescent Bridge Canyon Side Canyon (December 2012 – January 2013) Entire report

Tunnel Bridge Side Canyon (November 2012) Entire report.

Upper Crescent Bridge Canyon (April 2012) Entire report.

Room Canyon (April 2012) Entire report.

Crescent Bridge Canyon (December 2011) Entire report.

Lower Tunnel Bridge Canyon (April 2011) Entire report.

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A note on the Undisclosed Locations:

The reports listed under the "Undisclosed Locations" heading do not include maps giving directions to these hikes for either of two reasons:

1) The hike is in an area of which the park service has requested that hikers not publish the location, typically due to the delicate nature of that area (as in the case of Tunnel Bridge Canyon).

2) The hiker(s) who first visited the location would prefer that its location remain unpublished, again usually because of the delicate nature of the area (in particular, Steve Hall and I chose to not publish the location of Sunlight Bridge Canyon, and Robbie Mize chose to not publish the location of Crescent Bridge Canyon). 

Note that enough information has been included in reports of both types so that a determined hiker can find these locations after spending a bit of time looking at maps and terrain (in fact, that's how I found where Tunnel Bridge and Crescent Bridge Canyons are located—so it is possible to find these locations based solely on a few photos of them, and not need to be given explicit directions as to where they are located). 

Finally, some hikes without exact directions are listed under the heading of the mountain range in which they are located. In this case, for safety reasons I don't want to give out maps for these hikes, but anyone who has done some hiking in unpopularized places in DV and who spends a little time looking at the report and briefly at Google Earth should be able to find its location fairly easily.

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Yosemite National Park

Top of Yosemite Fall (June 2012) (Part of Utah 2012 Report part 4.)

Mammoth Lakes

Mono Pass, Mammoth Lakes (August 2012) Entire report

Minaret Lake, Mammoth Lakes (August 2012) Entire report.

Deer and Duck Lakes, Mammoth Lakes (August 2012) Entire report.

Crystal Crag Lake (June 2012) (Part of Utah 2012 Report part 4.)

Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods Main Trail (August 2014) Entire report

Point Reyes National Seashore

Mt. Wittenberg and Meadow Trails loop (short), Bear Valley (August 2018)

Mt. Wittenberg, Z-Ranch, Sky, and Meadow Trails loop (extended), Bear Valley (August 2018)

Mt. Wittenberg Summit from Bear Valley (August 2018)

Bear Valley Trail to Coast Trail (September 2018)

Sky Trail to Old Pine Trail (September 2018)

Lassen National Park and Lassen National Forest

Subway Cave (June 2016) Entire report.

Snag Lake Loop and the Cinder Cone (June 2016) Report part 1Report part 2.  

Paradise Meadow trail, and Lily Lake loop (June 2016) Entire report.

Bishop Area

White Mountains Bristlecone Pine Forest (June 2017) Report part 1Report part 2.

Hurd Lake, South Fork Bishop Creek (June 2017) Report part 1Report part 2.

Second Falls, and First and Second Lakes, North Fork Big Pine Creek (June 2017) Report part 1Report part 2Report part 3


NEVADA

Great Basin National Park

Mt. Wheeler, and Dome Peak Canyon (June 2012) (Part of Utah 2012 Report part 4.)

Bristlecone Loop and Rock Glacier Trail (July 2017)

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park (December 2012 – January 2013) Entire report

 

ARIZONA

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Cathedral Wash, Lonely Dell Ranch, Colorado River, and Navajo Bridge (June 2014) Entire report.

Middle Route to Buckskin Gulch and Long Canyon (June 2013) Entire report

Upper Buckskin Gulch to Wire Pass (June 2013) Entire report

Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch (June 2012) (Part of Utah 2012 Report part 2.)

Grand Canyon National Park

North Rim

Cape Royal, Walhalla Overlook and Ruins, Cape Final, and Roosevelt Point (June 2014) Entire report

Widforss Point (June 2012) (Part of Utah 2012 Report part 2.)

 

UTAH

Zion National Park

Cascade Falls Canyon (June 2014) Entire report

Checkerboard Mesa Canyon, Many Pools Canyon, and Zion Canyon Overlook (June 2014) Report part 1Report part 2.

Northgate Peaks, Kolob Terrace, and Lower Pine Creek (June 2013) Entire report

Cable Mountain (June 2013) Entire report

Hidden Canyon and Pine Creek (from just east of the Zion-Mt. Carmel tunnel) (June 2013) Entire report

Pa’rus Trail (June 2013) Entire report

Zion National Park (with snow) (December 2012 – January 2013) Entire report

Observation Point, Echo Canyon, Hidden Canyon, Pine/Clear Creek, Keyhole Slot, Red Hollow, Kanarra Creek, Kolob Plateau, Taylor Creek (June 2012) (Part of Utah 2012 Report part 1.)

Bryce National Park

Sunrise, Sunset, and Inspiration Points (June 2013) Entire report

Bristlecone Loop Trail and Rainbow, Yovimpa, Ponderosa Canyon, Agua Canyon, Natural Bridge, Fairview, and Piracy Points (June 2013) Entire report

Capitol Reef National Park

Grand Wash (June 2013) Entire report.

Arches National Park

Balanced Rock, North and South Windows, Turret Arch, Double Arch, Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint, and Fiery Furnace Viewpoint (May - June 2015) Entire report

Canyonlands National Park

Needles District

The Chesler Park Loop (including the Joint Trail), and Roadside Ruin (May - June 2015) Report part 1Report part 2Report part 3

Island in the Sky District

Mesa Arch, Grand View Point, Green River Overlook, Aztec Butte, Upheaval Dome First Viewpoint, and Shafer Trail Overlook (May - June 2015) Entire report

Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument

Kanab Area

Elkhart Cliffs Slot (June 2012) (Part of Utah 2012 Report part 2.)

Utah Hwy 89

Catstair Canyon Petroglyphs and Pictographs (June 2014) Entire report

Pahreah Townsite (June 2014) Entire report

Skutumpah Road

Willis Creek (June 2012) (Part of Utah 2012 Report part 2.)

Bull Valley Gorge (June 2013) Entire report

Lick Wash (June 2013) Entire report

Cottonwood Canyon Road

Cottonwood Canyon Road (June 2014) Entire report

Lower Hackberry Canyon (June 2013) Entire report

Cottonwood Canyon Narrows (June 2013) Entire report

Round Valley Draw, Grosvenor Arch, and Rock Springs Bench Road (June 2013) Entire report

Kaiparaowits Plateau

Alvey Wash/Smoky Mountain Road, Upper Left Hand Collet Canyon Slot, Moqui House, Left Hand Collet Canyon Road, and Twenty-Mile Wash Dinosaur Track Site (June 2014) Entire report

Covered Wagon Bridge, and Cedar Wash Arch (June 2014) Entire report

Hole-in-the-Rock Road

Tunnel and Zebra Slot Canyons from Halfway Hollow, and Escalante Viewpoint (June 2013) Entire report

Upper Egypt 3 Slot Canyon (June 2013) Entire report

Peek-a-Boo, Spooky, and Dry Fork Slot Canyons, and Devil's Garden (June 2013) Entire report

Escalante River Canyon

Escalante Viewpoint (June 2014) Entire report

Hoodoos above Escalante River Canyon (June 2014) Entire report

Viewpoint of Micro Death Hollow Slot Canyon (June 2013) Entire report

Upper Escalante River Canyon (June 2013) Entire report

Escalante River Canyon (June 2014) Entire report

Spencer Flat Road (June 2013) Entire report

Lower Calf Creek Falls (June 2014) Entire report

Burr Trail (June 2013) Entire report.

Natural Bridges National Monument

Sipapu, Kachina, and Owachiomo Bridges (June 2012) (Part of Utah 2012 Report part 3.)

Dinosaur National Monument

The Quarry Exhibit Hall, Split Mountain Viewpoint, and Swelter Shelter Petroglyphs and Pictographs (May - June 2015) Entire report

San Rafael Swell

White Rocks, Red Knoll, The Wedge Overlook, Buckhorn Wash Pictographs, and San Rafael River Swingbridge (May - June 2015) Entire report

Little Wild Horse and Ding Canyons (May - June 2015) Report part 1Report part 2

Dixie National Forest

Escalante-Widstoe Road, Powell Point, and Pine Lake (June 2014) Entire report

Chriss & Deer Creek Lakes (June 2014) Entire report

Hells Backbone Road (June 2013) Entire report

Arches Trail, Red Canyon (June 2013) Entire report

Kodachrome Basin State Park

Angel’s Palace Trail (June 2013) Entire report

Shakespeare Arch (June 2013) Entire report

Panorama Trail (June 2013) Entire report

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument Valley (June 2012) (Part of Utah 2012 Report part 3.)

Blanding/Moab Area

Muley Point (June 2012) (Part of Utah 2012 Report part 3.)

Moki Dugway (June 2012) (Part of Utah 2012 Report part 3.)

Dead Horse Point (June 2012) (Part of Utah 2012 Report part 3.)

La Sal Mountain Loop Road: Castle Rock, Warner Lake, and Oowah Lake (May - June 2015) Entire report

Bears Ears National Monument

Mule Canyon Towers (July 2017) Entire report

 

COLORADO

Telluride/Silverton/Ouray Area

Black Bear Pass Road to the base of Bridal Veil Falls, and Yankee Boy Basin Road to the Governor/Yankee Boy fork (May - June 2015) Entire report

Lower Ice Lakes area, and the first mile of the Ophir Pass Road (May - June 2015) Entire report.

Colorado Trail (section northwest of Little Molas Lake) (July 2017) Report part 1Report part 2

Coal Bank Pass trail to meadow below Engineer Mountain (July 2017) Report part 1Report part 2Report part 3

Potato Lake Road (July 2017) Entire report

Snowdon Meadows (July 2017) 

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

South Rim 

Gunnison, Cross Fissures, Chasm, Painted Wall, and Warner Points (May - June 2015) Entire report

Rocky Mountain National Park

Bierstadt Lake (May - June 2015) Entire report

Alberta Falls, The Loch, Bear Lake, Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, and Twin Owls Loop (May - June 2015) Report part 1Report part 2

Fern Lake (May - June 2015) Entire report

Longs Peak Trailhead, Trail Ridge Road viewpoints, and East Portal (May - June 2015) Entire report.

Ouzel Lake area (May - June 2015) Entire report

 

WYOMING

Yellowstone National Park

Southwest Yellowstone: West Thumb Geyser Basin, Firehole Lake Drive, and Fountain Paint Pots (July 2014) Entire report.

Northwest Yellowstone: Upper Geyser Basin, Midway Geyser Basin and Grand Prismatic Spring, Artist's Paint Pots, Sheepeater Cliff, and Mammoth Hot Springs (July 2014) Report part 1Report part 2

Southeast Yellowstone: Mud Volcano and Avalanche Peak (July 2014) Report part 1Report part 2

Northeast Yellowstone: Tower Fall, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (Brink of the Upper Falls, Uncle Tom's Trail, Artist Point, Brink of the Lower Falls, and Inspiration Point), Petrified Tree, and Forces of the Northern Range boardwalk (July 2014) Report part 1Report part 2

Norris Geyser Basin (July 2014) Report part 1Report part 2 

Grand Tetons National Park

Holly Lake (July 2014) Entire report

Lake of the Crags (July 2014) Report part 1Report part 2

Signal Mountain and Oxbow Bend (July 2014) Entire report.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Yoho National Park

Lake O'Hara and Lake Oesa (July – August 2013) Entire report

Yoho Lake from Emerald Lake (July – August 2013) Entire report.

Iceline Summit (August 2016) Report part 1Report part 2

Kootenay National Park

Floe Lake (July – August 2013) Entire report

Columbia Valley

Fish Lake and Sparkle Lake, Top of the World Provincial Park (August 2016) Report part 1Report part 2

Lower Welsh Lake (August 2016) Entire report.

Lower Bugaboo Falls (August 2016) Entire report.

Mt. Revelstoke National Park

Giant Cedars and Skunk Cabbage Trails, and Snowforest and Internment Camp Viewpoints (August 2016) Entire report.

Jade Pass (August 2016) Report part 1Report part 2Report part 3

BC's Glacier National Park (Rogers Pass)

Rock Garden and Hemlock Grove Trails (August 2016) Entire report.

The Hermit (August 2016) Report part 1Report part 2

 

ALBERTA

Banff National Park

Devil's Thumb (July 2010) Entire report

Upper Victoria Glacier (August 2009) Entire report

Below the Plain of the Six Glaciers (July 2010) Entire report.

Paradise Valley and the Giant Steps (July-August 2011) Entire report.

Mt. Eiffel (failed attempt) (July-August 2011) Entire report.

Wenkchemna Pass (August 2016) Report part 1Report part 2Report part 3

Bow Glacier Falls (August 2016) Entire report.


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