The hike started out fairly mundane, the trail, while heading down, was pretty obvious and not that bad.
But then I began to loose the trail markers – the piles of rocks built by other hikers to mark the way forward – as the slick rock became more dominant.
Then I suddenly found myself at the cliff’s edge. It was spectacular. The overcast sky finally looked like it might clear up a bit. But I was trying to find my path to False Kiva. All that I saw was a small hill of scree – loose rock – and the 500 plus foot drop on my left down the canyon below.
I was a little scared, I knew I wanted to go up and not down! But the loose rock was proving very difficult to traverse and kept sliding down the slope towards the edge of the cliff. I was not happy nor did I think I was in a good place.
But when I was about to give up and try my way back I thought I discerned a pathway among the scree, and scrambled on my feet and hands to the pathway. Thankfully the scree was largely smoothed away from the path and I knew I was going to make my destination and forward I moved.
Up the hill. And into the cavern which housed False Kiva. And the clouds, which had covered the sky, temporarily broke up and presented me with some blue sky!
The results this outing is this panorama of the view looking out into the canyons beyond False Kiva.
About False Kiva
It is unknown if False Kiva was built by indigenous peoples or by white settlers in the 1800’s. It is called False Kiva in that kivas are generally in the ground, rather than above ground.
False Kiva is located in Canyonlands National Park, in the Island in the Sky district, but will not show up on any park maps.
Most likely as it is at least a moderate hike, especially at the end when you are scrambling up a steep incline on scree and there is nothing between you and the cliff top just a few dozen feet below you.
But the views are definitely rewarding and worth the scramble!
This photograph is a composite of four photographs.
The photographs were taken in portrait orientation, then I let Lightroom stitch them together into this photograph.
I did some light processing in Lightroom, then final processing in Photoshop and used Nik’s fabulous plugin ColorEfx Pro.
For those who might not know, Nik was bought by Google, who let the Nik Collection (my favorite plugin collection) die on the vine. Then in October of 2017 they sold the collection to DxO who promises to upgrade the plugin and publish it.
Anyways, this was taken with a Canon 6D using my Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 42mm. I shot this at f/16 at 1/30 sec at ISO 100.