Capitol Reef National Park Backpacking

This trip occurred from March 8th, 2012 through March 12, 2012.
Over Spring break this year (none of us are in school, but we still enjoy a break!) a group of us backpacked the Halls Creek area in Capitol Reef National Park. The weather was amazing, hitting the mid-60s each day, with plenty of sunshine! We arrived in the area on Friday, picked up our back country permit at the visitor’s center, and car camped on BLM land.

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We enjoyed hobo pies by the campfire, courtesy of Mike:
Campfire = essential!
Making Hobo Pie
A visually pleasing hobo pie!
Saturday morning, after a breakfast of bacon/potato/egg burritos, we traveled to the trailhead at the Halls Creek overlook. Here we met up with CK and Becky, loaded our gear, and started the hike in.
The Motley Crew
800' drop in the first 3/4 mile
We stopped at Fountain Tanks for water, and decided it was as good a place as any to camp for the night. There’s a great slickrock area at the base, with plenty of sand areas for pitching tents. You’re supposed to camp at least 300′ from water, and I think the base area satisfies that. If there were lots of people in the fold area, it could be a problem. We saw 1 other group of 3 over the weekend, and they didn’t bother stopping for water.
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Decided after many years of backpacking that beer is worth its weight!  Old Chub is almost 10% ABV.  If you carry beer, make sure it's alcohol dense!
One of my favorite shots from the trip
Sunday we left our camp set up and day hiked on down to the Halls Creek Narrows area. It was a major hike from the Fountain Tanks, almost 14 miles round trip!
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Time and erosion
There was not as much water in the Narrows as we had expected. Our biggest water fording was only waist-deep.
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Here’s Christian’s map from the trip:
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And his elevation chart:

All my pictures from the trip can be seen at:

http://photos.mainelife.net/Places/Capitol-Reef-National-Park/21919890_MvkRLX

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