Another day, another exploring decision to make.
Our camp is close to the Swasey Cabin trail head that leads into Eagle Canyon, so we decided to take our time getting out of bed and hitting the road. The weather was chilly, but with clear, bluebird skies; a perfect day for a walk. We arrived at the trail head and took some pictures of the historic Swasey Cabin
while pondering as to where they could have gotten the large-diameter timber to build this structure. After having a good look around the cabin, we started walking down the 4WD road into Eagle Canyon. Almost immediately, we decided we could easily drive instead of walk for at least part of the way. We went back to the trail head and piled into Vince’s SUV. After driving about two miles on this rough 4WD trail, we decided we were tired of bouncing around in the car; so we parked and started walking. After about an hour, we came to the spectacular Eagle Canyon Arch.
After taking many pictures, we continued down the canyon. We came to an interesting side canyon heading south, so we thought we’d walk down it a little ways and see what we could see. The unnamed canyon contained beautiful rock formations with a surprising amount of old growth timber growing in the canyon bottom, as well as along the steep walls. Now I can see how they found the timber for the Swasey Cabin.
When the bottom started getting wet and muddy, we decided to head back to Eagle Canyon. Along the way, we started noticing the strong scent of sulfur. At the mouth of the side canyon, we discovered a sulfur spring.
There was an old rusted-out trough that was once used for watering livestock. I wouldn’t have thought you could make cattle drink sulfur water, but who knows. Guess the livestock will drink it if that’s all that’s around.
The day ended with the drive back out of the canyon. The road seemed a lot rougher going back up than it did going down, but that’s what seems to happen when you drive on 4WD roads.
Watch a short video of our hike in San Rafael Swell here.