Finding and exploring an unmarked trail can be just as fun as following a marked one. On this occasion, we were Northwest of St. George near the town of Gunlock. We stopped near the Santa Clara river at a spot where we knew there was an old road. It was so old and rocky that from the road it is hard to tell that it even exists. We stopped near it with the intent of finding where it went and perhaps learning why it was there.
The road began with a climb and circled around a hill. The road then followed a small canyon between two mesas that was invisible from the road. This little canyon was lined with white and red sandstone that contrasted the surrounding plants to create some nice scenery. We paused to climb around on the rocks.
Our detour climbing around the rocks ended up taking us to the top of a black rock mesa, where we could see everywhere we had been and then some. We hiked along the edge before climbing back down and concluding our hike. We were not disappointed at all by what we found. It goes to show that specially marked trails in parks or elsewhere are not the only ones that can be exciting.
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