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Hiking in the back yard behind the back yard.

 
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Just a nice, kind of extreme, hike down the street from me.  The backyard of my backyard.

I love where I live, it's very pretty here.  I'd like more green, but orange is my favourite colour, so it works.  It gets a bit hot 4 months of the year, but the rest of the time, it's pretty nice weather wise.

1500' of climbing in 3/4 of a mile up a loose, rocky, mountain, 1 1/2 miles from the front door to the top.  It's a good workout, my legs (and toes) are sore today.  :)

Snow Canyon State Park (a little gem in southern Utah (kind of like a tiny Zion N.P.)) is right down in the valley next to this hike.

Shivwits Paiute Indian Reservation is to the west and the Mojave Desert just beyond that.

What's your backyard's backyard like?


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View from the front yard of home.
View from the front yard of home.
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Opposite view. I can see my house...and unfortunately the
Opposite view. I can see my house...and unfortunately the
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Panoramic? Not sure if this will look right.
Panoramic? Not sure if this will look right.
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Two chickens too afraid to come out on the ledge.
Two chickens too afraid to come out on the ledge.
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My boy, Stagolee.
My boy, Stagolee.
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Steep and rocky climb up from
Steep and rocky climb up from
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Red Mountain Wilderness area, and half of my dogs.
Red Mountain Wilderness area, and half of my dogs.
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Snow Canyon State Park just to the right in the valley below.
Snow Canyon State Park just to the right in the valley below.
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Shivwits Indain Reservation, and the Mojave desert in the distance.
Shivwits Indain Reservation, and the Mojave desert in the distance.
 
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Wow, Joshua.  Nice sky, gorgeous views!

I bought my place for its horizon.  There are better pictures stored elsewhere, but this is the one I took the first day.  The next ridgetop is the beginning of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

 
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Very nice, Ruth.

That's a great view of the horizon you have, and it makes me miss trees/the woods!  lol  (I lived in the foothills of California's Sierra Mountains before I lived here.)

Always nice to have a National Forest close by too!  
 
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While my backyards backyard isnt quite as close as yours I'm lucky that living on the prairies that there is 33 000 acres of nothing but forests and lakes just 5 minutes from me. I spend a lot of time there hiking.
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Marc, cool picture of the backpack and fire going!    and it literally looks cool.....

:)

 
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Joshua,

Those are amazing pictures!  I love the orange against the blue background.

Eric
 
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Here's a fall view in the same direction - east, from atop the house.  I won't visit that far up again, probably.

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Beautiful view off that roof, Ruth.  Love those trees in colour.

Here's the opposite hike I did today.  Opposite in that it's on the other side of town.  About three miles to the trail head.  A fun 8 mile looped mountain bike ride from the house, but today I drove there with the dogs.  Just a couple of miles hiked on foot to get to the rock art.

Petroglyphs are ancient, and the true artists I don't think are actually known.  Most people say they are from the Anasazi indians who farmed in the area thousands of years ago, and then just vanished.

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The top of the pointed "red mountain" is where I hiked and took the last set of pictures from.
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