The Paiute Wilderness is a small area that ecompasses most of the Virgin Mountains and borders both the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument and the Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness Area. Somewhere high up in the Virgin Mountains is a remnant Pleistocene Forest but other than that there’s not much for me to write about it because there simply isn’t much written about it.
One winter day after a good snowfall I decided to head up a canyon I’ve noticed many times from the interstate. It’s an approach of two miles up an alluvial fan to get to the entrance, but once i was inside I was able to continue at least another two miles up the canyon and possibly all the way to the top of the mountain. Enjoy the pictures.
In the upper canyon watershed I had decided to take the westernmost route, which looked boring at first and possibly not good. But it was too foggy to see anywhere and I welcomed the temporary flatness. After a while though it started climbing and opening up again. It looked like if I wanted I could leave the canyon and go for the upper slopes of the mountain.