Saturday, March 8, 2008

Hwy. 12 Hogsback in Utah

This section of road is one of the great thrills of southern Utah.
You drive from Calf Creek towards Boulder.
After coming around a corner and climbing some you are surprised to find yourself
 driving a road built on the crest of the slickrock.
 Either side of you, the canyons drop a thousand feet down.
It only lasts a few blocks but it is a thrill and a lot of fun.

Hogsback road from the air.

Bur Trail road

Photographs of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
The Burr Trail, as it crosses The Gulch

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument > The East > The Burr Trail

 Photos of Narrow Roads
Comment from: gehi6
"Oh, I loved loved loved this entry.
  Cause I grew up with some of the world's most narrow roads, across Hog's Back.
(wide as a hog's back, deep canyons on each side)
  Hell's backbone, road where two canyons meet, mile high in the sky, scared me to death!,
 Burr Trail, switchbacks all down the side of a cliff, have we got to go down that!
 Southern Utah Canyon country.
 I have to give my sister this link!  Gerry  "

When I flagged your Hogsback entry in my journal I also printed an old photo of the oldest road along the Hogsback simply calld 'the old road' carved into the side of the sandrock by Boulder settlers.   Gerry 


nhd106 said...

Wow...very cool
I did an entry recently on a crazy road near us.


gehi6 said...

Oh what a thrill to come on this entry making my way back to your journal!  What a beautiful gift.  I am going to put your link on my family site right now! And once again flag your journal in mine so people will come and see the Hogsback for themselves!  Gerry

nelishianatl said...

This is some of the most beautiful country.  I'm glad to have been able to see it.  Breathtaking.


lanurseprn said...

I came over via Gerry's journal. I have been looking at some of your past entries and am thoroughly enjoying your journal. Your pictures are amazing.
I'll be back.

prementity said...

       I am Gerry's sister Ann.  This is definitely 'old home country'.  I rode a school bus over this road from 7th to 12th grade to Escalante when it was a dirt road.  It was paved after I left home.  Some man got stuck in the mud on the worst and steepest bend going into Calf Creek.  Doyle Moosman, our bus driver,
had us all get out and he pushed the truck with the bus until it could pull off the road and we could go on home.  He drove carefully when the roads were wet.

gehi6 said...

Oh, you are so on the ball I can't believe it  I found this photo of a team on the old road up the Hogsback.  My sister just told me that this photo was taken when a movie was made in the 1950's retracing the old pioneer routes into Boulder up the steep road carved in the sandrock  We used to travel over it when I was a little girl.  I was terrified of those steep inclines, one called Thompson's Turnover coming up out of Calf Creek to cross the Hogsback.  I would beg my dad to let me get out and walk when he made a run at the Turnover for it had been named for a man named Thompson who plunged off the edge.  My dad wouldn't let me out of our old car so my sister and I would lie down in the backseat, close our eyes, and pray.  How I dreaded Thompson's Turnover!  The CCC boys blasted a road out of the ledges,in the middle 1930's,  thus allowing travelers to abandon that old road. Gerry

patrice106 said...

Oh my!  I came on-line trying to find out some info on how this road was built.  My husband and I just got back from there and I have never been so scared in all my life!!!  I only glanced out the window a few was hanging on and leaning toward my husband as if that would help!!!  It was beautiful but I don't think I could do it again!!!