Hiking The Highline Trail To The West Fork Black’s Fork Drainage With R. Ned McArthur, D.C. Part 2
In the previous post we left R. Ned McArthur, D.C. with his kids atop Rocky Sea Pass . . . sorry about that, I really don't like to talk in the 3rd person but that sounded so much more dramatic I couldn't resist. :) So after reaching the top of Rocky Sea Pass we started descending into the Rock Creek Drainage.
Looking out over the Rock Creek Drainage while descending the rocky side of Rocky Sea Pass. See that pointy peak in the top middle of the photo? Remember that because we'll reference that as we move along through the drainage.
The Rock Creek Drainage is such a varied and beautiful place! The views that are had throughout this stretch of the hike are jaw dropping gorgeous.
After reaching the bottom, we look back to see where we came from. This is looking back at Rocky Sea Pass
At the bottom of the descent there are a couple of unnamed ponds. Here we are hiking past the first. Throughout all of the Uintas there are "unnamed ponds." In my experience they're small bodies of water that aren't big enough to get a name. I've also noticed that many of the unnamed ponds and even some of the smaller names lakes don't exist in drier years.
There are several places where there is no trail. To help through these areas hikers have piled up rocks to show where to go. These rock piles are called cairns and this one is on the of the largest I've seen.
We did run into a little bit of trouble here. We hiked the direction shown in the above photo. Well, we should have turned right here, but we didn't discover that until hiking a hundred yards past this cairn and not finding another. So we back tracked and looked around and finally found the way to go.