After yesterday's exploration of the wash below the Eagle Cliffs I decided it would be interesting to try and get
up on top of the cliffs. A careful look at Google Earth suggested that there might be an access route at the north
end of the mesa but it wasn't obvious. So today we headed out for a scouting trip to see what the north end looked like,
we got a bit of a late start but that turned out to be a good thing.
It's several miles up the Great Western Trail to the north end of the mesa and by the time we got there it was well past
Biff's dinner time. Knowing it would be I brought his dinner with us, he seemed a little confused about eating before we walked but decided he
might as well.
There were some low clouds passing over as we started up the steep climb from the road to the mesa top, it actually looked like it
might rain though it was still above 60F so I wasn't too concerned about being out there. I had my emergency plastic poncho - it's been in
various backpacks for about 20 years now!
I took a few pictures as we walked down the eastern edge of the mesa but the clouds made them dull and on the way back the sun lit up the
cliffs so I'll just use those. We went about a mile down the eastern edge before crossing over to the western side, a bit less than half way down
the whole thing. Apart from the views the top is a fairly uniform patchwork of juniper and not particularly interesting.
When the sun came out just above the western cliffs the views to the east really lit up.
(This picture is probably too wide for most screens, scroll right to see the rest of it)