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Alstrom Point Part 7 – Camping on Lake Powell

The weather can be quite extreme up here and because of the loose sand your typical tent stakes will not hold your tent down in any wind. My solution is to get some weight on the stakes by piling rocks on. The last thing you want is to find your tent sailing into the lake!

Camping on Alstrom Point
Good Morning Lake Powell

It’s quite a long ways down as you can see by this photograph looking down into Gunsight Bay. Although on our many trips we’ve discussed the logistics of climbing either up or down these cliffs it’s a challenge that does not need to be met.

Gunsight Bay Lake Powell Houseboats
Houseboats in Gunsight Bay, Lake Powell

Alstrom Point, Lake Powell – Part 6 The Forest Fire

One year the normally clear sky was punctuated with a mushroom cloud of atomic proportions. A very nearby wild fire plumed straight into the ceiling and mushroomed out. Coupled with the scenery of Lake Powell and incredible golden hour light the images are absolutely astounding.

Smoke over Lake Powell Forest Fire
Smoke over Lake Powell Forest Fire

We could smell the smoke, wafts of juniper or maybe mesquite, and it was a pleasant scent despite the danger and menace that a wild fire can be.

Zoomed in on Forest Fire Utah
Zoomed in on Forest Fire Utah

After camping the night on Alstrom Point I arose to find the fire still burning, as it would for many days.

Sunrise Zoomed in on Forest Fire Utah
Sunrise Zoomed in on Forest Fire Utah

Alstrom Point, Lake Powell – Part 5 The Kangaroo Rat

One of the few creatures you will find up on Alstrom Point is the Kangaroo Rat. Another is the Western Diamond-Backed Rattlesnake, so be careful.

The Kangaroo Rat is neither a Kangaroo nor a Rat, but it is definitely a hopping rodent. This particular one found our campsite at night and despite our best efforts to keep the area clean managed to find some tidbits. He was slightly timid, would move quickly, freeze, grab some morsel and hop away with lightning speed to an unseen burrow.

Alstrom Point Kangaroo Rat
Alstrom Point Kangaroo Rat at night

Kangaroo Rats are very well suited to the desert. They survive simply by breaking down the seeds they eat with their metabolism and do not need to drink water! They can also conserve water by lowering their metabolic rate when hot and dry.

I’m not sure which specific species this is but you can find more information on the Wikipedia Kangaroo Rat page. My guess would be a Merriam’s Kangaroo Rat.

Unfortunately later that evening we heard a slight rattle of a Western Diamondback and upon investigating a juvenile was located with the tail of this fuzzy snake-snack protruding out of his jaws. Sorry little guy.

Kangaroo Rat
Kangaroo Rat

Alstrom Point, Lake Powell – Part 3

Crossing Wahweap Wash
Crossing Wahweap Wash
You never know what the flow of the Wahweap Wash will be like until you get there but most times it will look like this.

If the water is moving rapidly or the soft prehistoric muck is wet this area can be impassible. I strongly encourage that if you attempt this adventure please do not take any unnecessary chances with getting stuck or injured. The local authorities do maintain this County Road a couple times a year but if the wash has been flowing it will cut into the route deeply.

If the pass is clear you will eventually be rewarded with a fantastic elevated view of Lake Powell.

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I will leave the rest of the navigation up to you. The Google Map may not include all of the jeep trails. I have a U.S. Geological Survey topographic map (USGS Topo) that I purchased at Glen Canyon Dam Visitor’s Center that I used to learn the area.