SHERMAN JEEP TRAIL
By Rick Schaffer
After a four month stint in Florida, it was wonderful getting back up into the mountains once again. I really missed the mountains!
Anita and I arrived at Troy Meadows campground on Friday afternoon and found Jay Jimenez already settled in since Thursday. We got a spot for our tent just a few spots away and set up camp. About an hour later my nephew, Jeff Doest, arrived with tent in hand, but decided to just sleep in the back of my truck. That was it for those who was coming on the run.
We left camp right at 9 and arrived at the trail head around 10. The weather was great with no chance of summer rainfall predicted. Once aired down we hit the trail. All agreed that it seemed a bit rougher than the last time we were there. There were a lot more downed trees in the area with a few nearly blocking the trail. One of them needed a little nudging to get through with a little finesse.
The roughest part of the trail was finished before lunch, which we had in the usual spot prior to ascending up to Sherman Peak. Although rougher, no lockers were required. Evidence of past fires were everywhere. Wild flowers were still in bloom.
Moving on up to the peak, we found the parking area full of vehicles. That was the first we’d seen other vehicles on the trail all day. Luckily there were only three of us. We were able to squeeze in among st them to park.
From there, we took the shorter way down to the highway, stopping at the miner’s cabin and checking out the scenery. Campers have been using the cabin, cleaning it up, and putting in battery operated solar lighting.
Once off the trail, Jay suggested we check out Long Valley. Jay used to camp there years ago when deer hunting. He said it was his favorite spot for years. I was low on gas, but took a chance I could make it back. It seemed to take forever getting into Long Valley, but we all thought it was well worth the effort. You camp right next to a running stream with plenty of shade. Definitely a beautiful spot!
Fortunately, we made it back to camp without running out of gas. Anita had prepared a Danish style goulash beforehand, and with just four of us, there was plenty to go around. We all joined up with Jay in his motorhome and had an enjoyable dinner and evening.
Due to popular demand the date has been changed to September 11th or 12th depending on the schedules of those going.
Dennis Sullivan has reservations at Arch View RV Park, about 20 miles north of Moab on Hwy 191, exit 182 From September 9 th through the 12th. The sites are $47.72 per night with a AAA, Good Sam, or military ID, otherwise $53.02 a night. All sites have full hook-ups and includes WIFI and cable. All sites are pull throughs.
When you call for reservations at 1-800-813-6622 tell them you want to be near the Sullivans.
After Moab Dennis is going to Otter Creek State Park. The on-line information is at WWW.UTAHSTATEPARKS.GOV.
He has reservations in site OC02 from September 13th through the 18th if you would like to join him for a little fishing and a little easy wheeling.
Questions? Please call or e-mail Dennis at 714-963-8593 or