Jan 2016 DV Trip Day 4 – Smoke Tree Slots

On the fourth day, we joined our friend Charlie for a hike out into the Owlshead Mountains.  Our goal was to search out an area which appeared to have three narrow canyons.  And what an incredible day it turned out to be.  The three areas we visited surpassed all of our expectations as the narrows were extremely beautiful and we found two towering slot canyons.  This completely amazed us because never before had slot canyons like this been found in the Owlshead Mountains.  I was personally in a state of disbelief as I hiked through them, because I couldn’t imagine that something like this could have been hidden somewhere within the range.  This was definitely the trip highlight.  Charlie mentioned that the slot canyons we found rivaled the best of Sidewinder Canyon.  The three canyons with narrows and slots are all in close proximity to each other and can be seen together on a day hike.  We are calling this area the Smoke Tree Slots.  This report will have to be split into two parts since there is too much beauty to fit into one single report.  A map will be included with the reports as this area will likely hold huge interest for hikers.  Keep in mind that both Charlie and I have spent a lot of time hiking in the Owlshead Mountains and we both agreed that this was the best day we have ever had out there.

Hiking into Smoke Tree Slot 1 in the Owlshead Mountains
Hiking into Smoke Tree Slot #1 in the Owlshead Mountains
Tobin peeking around the corner in Smoke Tree Slot 2
Tobin peeking around the corner in Smoke Tree Slot #1
Hiking above the main canyon narrows of Smoke Tree Slot 3
Hiking above the main canyon narrows of Smoke Tree Slot #3
Standing in the slot narrows of Smoke Tree Slot 3
Standing in the slot narrows of Smoke Tree Slot #3