Day 1 Hickman Bridge by Willis Chung
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  1. Willis Chung's Gallery
  2. 2017May Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
  3. Day 1 Hickman BridgeDay 1 Hickman Bridge
A random ridge in Colorado in the setting sun, driving west towards Capitol Gorge National Park.
A random ridge in Colorado in the setting sun, driving west towards Capitol Gorge National Park.
A random ridge in Colorado in the setting sun, driving west towards Capitol Gorge National Park.
Arriving early in the morning, I get one of the few open campsites at Capital Reef NP.
I camped overnight with permission in the parking lot of the WalMart in Grand Junction. I started driving at 6 AM to make sure I got a campsite.
Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center viewed from the parking lot.
Ridge to the north of the Visitor Center along Utah 24.
Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center viewed from the parking lot.
Our RoadTrek in the sun, in the rather busy parking lot at the Visitor Center.
A Lackey Moth caterpillar on the cement curb at the Visitor Center
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Starting a quick hike to the Hickman Bridge.
Common Side-blotched Lizard scampered across the start of the trail
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Walking east along the Fremont River for a little bit.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
I come across a Western Whiptail lizard trying to remain inconspicuous under a bush.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Western Whiptail lizard in motion!
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
A few steps up along the Fremont River.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Morning sun coming through spring leaves in the Fremont River valley.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Seed heads on an evergreen bush.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Small-leaved globemallow (Sphaeralcea parvifolia) starting to bloom.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Wind and water carved rock along turning of the trail t the north.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Starting to climb to the north, away from the Fremont River.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Across the river on the other side of the canyon, some utilities come in to the valley.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Dry section of hill as we climb away from the river.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Today is the shorter hike to the Bridge. Tomorrow I will take the longer hike to the overlook.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Some knobby rocks to the north of the trail.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Beetles on Colorado rubberweed (Hymenoxys richardsonii)
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Small-leafed globemallow (Sphaeralcea parvifolia) starting to bloom
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Small-leafed globemallow (Sphaeralcea parvifolia)
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Pectols Pyramid to the south, across the Fremont River.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
The dead and the living along the Fremont River.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Wind eroded cavities in the sandstone cliffs.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
More dead trees along the trail.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Pines framing Pectols Pyramid.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
A canyon parallels the trail to the north.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Detail of a wind erosion cavity in the sandstone.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
USGS marker along the Hickman Bridge Trail.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
A busy ant bringing home a tiny leaf.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
First view of the Hickman Bridge.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Yellow catspaw (Cryptantha flava)
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Yellow catspaw (Cryptantha flava)
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Shepherdia rotundifolia, roundleaf buffaloberry or silverleaf.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Heading towards the base of Hickman Bridge.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Hickman Bridge, much more satisfying view with the superwide!
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Standing under the west side of the Hickman Bridge, looking up with the superwide.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Hickman Bridge from underneath. Clouds not cooperating yet.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Hiking a bit to the north of Hickman Bridge, along a faint trail made by other hikers.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
More interesting view of Hickman Bridge, adding in the scrubby pines and walls of the canyon.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
The sky is starting to clear towards the west, making a better backdrop.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Here we go! Looking up at the sun from under Hickman Bridge
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Sun peeking over the edge of Hickman Bridge. I can't believe that there weren't more photographers!
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
Directly under Hickman Bridge, sun peeking past the edge.
Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA
A random ridge in Colorado in the setting sun, driving west towards Capitol Gorge National Park. A random ridge in Colorado in the setting sun, driving west towards Capitol Gorge National Park. A random ridge in Colorado in the setting sun, driving west towards Capitol Gorge National Park. Arriving early in the morning, I get one of the few open campsites at Capital Reef NP. Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center viewed from the parking lot. Ridge to the north of the Visitor Center along Utah 24. Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center viewed from the parking lot. Our RoadTrek in the sun, in the rather busy parking lot at the Visitor Center. A Lackey Moth caterpillar on the cement curb at the Visitor Center Starting a quick hike to the Hickman Bridge. Common Side-blotched Lizard scampered across the  start of the trail Walking east along the Fremont River for a little bit. I come across a Western Whiptail lizard trying to remain inconspicuous under a  bush. Western Whiptail lizard in motion! A few steps up along the Fremont River. Morning sun coming through spring leaves in the Fremont River valley. Seed heads on an evergreen bush. Small-leaved globemallow (Sphaeralcea parvifolia) starting to bloom. Wind and water carved rock along turning of the trail t the north. Starting to climb to the north, away from the Fremont River. Across the river on the other side of the canyon, some utilities come in to the valley. Dry section of hill as we climb away from the river. Today is the shorter hike to the Bridge. Tomorrow I will take the longer hike to the overlook. Some knobby rocks to the north of the trail. Beetles on Colorado rubberweed (Hymenoxys richardsonii) Small-leafed globemallow (Sphaeralcea parvifolia) starting to bloom Small-leafed globemallow (Sphaeralcea parvifolia) Pectols Pyramid to the south, across the Fremont River. The dead and the living along the Fremont River. Wind eroded cavities in the sandstone cliffs. More dead trees along the trail. Pines framing Pectols Pyramid. A canyon parallels the trail to the north. Detail of a wind erosion cavity in the sandstone. USGS marker along the Hickman Bridge Trail. A busy ant bringing home a tiny leaf. First view of the Hickman Bridge. Yellow catspaw (Cryptantha flava) Yellow catspaw (Cryptantha flava) Shepherdia rotundifolia, roundleaf buffaloberry or silverleaf. Heading towards the base of Hickman Bridge. Hickman Bridge, much more satisfying view with the superwide! Standing under the west side of the Hickman Bridge, looking up with the superwide. Hickman Bridge from underneath.  Clouds not cooperating yet. Hiking a bit to the north of Hickman Bridge, along a faint trail made by other hikers. More interesting view of Hickman Bridge, adding in the scrubby pines and walls of the canyon. The sky is starting to clear towards the west, making a better backdrop. Here we go! Looking up at the sun from under Hickman Bridge Sun peeking over the edge of Hickman Bridge.  I can't believe that there weren't more photographers! Directly under Hickman Bridge, sun peeking past the edge.
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