The open valley above Willis Creek looking southwest. It's time to leave the official trail and head into the hills.
Hiking up the steep saddle: slippery pine needles, then bushwhacking
the dreaded gamble oak shrubs. This part was NOT fun...
500 feet up from the bottom of Willis Creek, we get a great view into the mysterious Chasm Lake.
Looking south from the saddle down into Beartrap. Yeah, it's all downhill from here!
Down in the beautiful dry streambed of Beartrap Canyon. Water
starts flowing about halfway down the canyon.
Typical of the canyons in the Kolob section, upper Beartrap is quite overgrown with lush vegetation.
The scenery is beautifully subtle, much like the upper sections of the North Fork of the Virgin River.
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