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July 27 - Hole in the Rock & Lake Powell
the Rock is at the end of a 45 mile road southeast from Escalante,
where Mormon settlers in the late 1800's tried to find a "shortcut"
crossing across the Colorado River. Hole in the Rock is a crack in the
rock cliffs that was widened by the settlers into a steep descending
track that drops 2000 feet in just a half-mile. It's pretty eroded
today, but I could walk down to the river (now a dammed lake) where I
found lots of recreational boaters.
Friday afternoon, I took Collet Canyon road, and then the rough
Rec. Rd. 230 down to the cliffs above Lake Powell, where I camped on
Romana Mesa, with a panoramic view of the water.