Canyoneering Route Description

Big East Fork of Sevenmile Creek - 3A II
Ticaboo Mesa, Utah.

Quick Facts

10-11-15, 6 people, 1 Day (Travel time in route 5.25 hours) Pictures Icon

Time Required - 4 to 6 hours
Distance - 5.2 miles Total, 1.6 miles Technical
Rappels - 4 Rappels, Longest Rappel 70 feet.
Elevation Range - 4850 - 4080 Feet
Shuttle Required - No Vehicle - High Clearance, 4WD if bad road conditions Permit Required - No

Gear Used for Canyon

Rappelling and anchor gear, Ropes and or pull cords for rappels up to 70 feet and 50 feet of 1 inch webbing for sling placement.

General Comments

Most of the Big East Fork of Sevenmile Creek is a mix of very short narrow sections and longer sections of was walking. The lower canyon just before the exit has pretty cool slot less than 500 feet long.

Lower portion of the canyon can hold sections of water that may be over waist deep but all can be avoided with effort.

The exit route goes up a ravine / rubble ramp just down canyon of a side canyon we called the Selfish Fork. The Selfish Fork is the large drainage that runs parallel to the Big East Fork and just to the north of Big East Fork. While doing the Big East Fork with Tracy Kwan, John Diener, Matt Williams, Mike Schasch and Heather McIlvenna we jokingly called this the Selfish Fork because while everyone was taking a break I decided to go around and try to drop into the lower portion of the canyon. No one else wanted to go and decided to relax while I was gone. I made it up and into the lower part of the Selfish Fork and found the bottom 150 feet to be all downclimable and kinda fun and deep feeling. They all called me selfish cause I went up by myself.

Driving Directions

To get to the Trailhead

Note:
There are a lot of roads in the Ticaboo Mesa area.  It is difficult to make driving directions simple so a good look at a map is recommended before driving out there the first time.

The parking spot for Good Day Jim is about 9.8 miles from the high way on dirt roads.

The junction of highways 95 and 276 is about 26 miles south on highway 95 from Hanksville Utah. 

From the junction of highways 95 and 276, drive south on highway 276 for 25.6 miles to the turn off for a dirt road on the left (east) side of the road (extTicaboo1).  This exit is between mile markers 25 and 26.  Turn left (east) onto the dirt road and drive east.

About 1.5 miles down the dirt road is a junction (TicabooDP-01) to a side road on the right going south.  Continue past the junction driving east on the dirt road.

About 2 miles farther will be another road junction (TicabooDP-02) for a faint side road on the right going south.  Continue past the junction driving east on the dirt road.

About 0.3 miles farther is a road junction (TicabooDP-03) to a side road on the left.  Continue past the side road. 

Just after this side road is a fork in the road.  The forks rejoin after a few hundred feet so you can use which ever you like.  Going right on the drive in seems to be the smoothest road.

 The major drainage the road crosses just after the fork is part of the upper portion of Smith Fork.

About 1.7 miles farther will be a junction (TicabooDP-04) to a side road on the right running south.  This road junction is close to Wild Horse Spring.  Continue past this junction and drive north east.

About 0.3 miles farther is a junction (TicabooDP-05) for a side road on the left going north.  Continue past this junction driving north east.

About 0.5 miles farther is a junction (TicabooDP-06) for a side road on the left going north.  Continue past the junction driving north east.

About 0.9 miles farther is a junction (TicabooDP-07) for a side road on the right going southwest.  Turn right and follow this side road toward Seven Mile Creek area.

About 700 feet farther is a fork in the road (extWarmSpring).  At this fork stay left to continue toward the East Branch of Seven Mile Creek.

About 0.4 miles farther is another fork in the road (ext7MileCkEB).  Veer right (more south) to continue toward the East Branch of 7 Mile Creek.

About 1.0 mile farther is a junction (7MileCkEBDP-01) where a side road joins in from the left.  Continue straight (south) past the side road.

About 0.5 miles farther is a jog in the road (7MileCkEBDP-02) near an old stock pond.  Turning left leads to a berm with a survey marker by a stock pond.  Veer right to continue south.

As you drive south from the stock pond, the road crosses over some shallow washes.  Park off to the side of the road by the wash that is 0.52 miles past the stock pond (pk7MileEast-1).  There is no obvious spot to park, just park off to the side of the road to allow traffic to pass while you are gone.  Alternately you can park at the other parking spot about 600 feet north of here where another minor drainage crosses the road and is another minor fork of Big East Fork.

To leave the Exit Vehicle / Escape Pod

No exit vehicle is needed.  This is done as a loop route.

Maps - - - - GPS coordinate information listed at the bottom of this route description.

For information about my waypoint naming convention and map symbols, refer to the Glossary page.

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Map of the canyon and exit.

Details

The Approach:
From either of the parking spots (pk7MileEast-1) or (pk7MileEast-2) walk southwest down the minor drainage you parked at for about 0.42 miles to the confluence of the two minor drainages.

About 0.42 miles from the road the two drainages converge (7mileBEF_01) continue southwest down from this confluence for about 300 feet to a drop in the wash (7mileBEF_02) about 15 feet. Easily bypassed on the LDC side.

About 0.22 miles farther is the top of the Big East Fork (y7mileBEF-Tp). 

The Canyoneering / Technical Section:
From the top of the Big East Fork of Sevenmile Creek (y7mileBEF-Tp) you can rappel about 45 feet into a deep but short slot anchoring about 10 feet back from a rock. A short distance after the rappel is a downclimb of about 10 feet then a walk of about 50 feet to where the slot opens up to big wide open wash again.

Alternatively this short slot and rappel can be bypassed by walking around on the RDC side about 600 feet then scramble your way back down to the canyon floor.  The bottom of the rubble pile to the canyon floor is an easy scramble down to the canyon (7mileBEF_03).

Almost 300 feet down canyon is a downclimb (7mileBEF_04) of about 12 feet that can optionally be bypassed on the RDC side. There are a couple more short downclimbs before reaching rap 2 about 200 feet down canyon.

Rap 2 (d7mileBEF_R2) is anchored from a rock protruding from the ground and drops about 30 feet under a boulder to a narrow slot.

A little over 200 feet farther is a drop (7mileBEF_05) that is easily bypassed on the RDC side. Canyon also widens out here.

About 700 feet farther is a downclimb (7mileBEF_06) of about 6 feet at the start of another very short narrow section then more wide open wash walking.

About 900 feet farther is a narrow slot about 80 feet long with a few easy downclimbs then the canyon opens to more easy wash walking. This short slot can be bypassed if it is full of mud by climbing up around on the RDC side but a decent climber will need to scramble up and toss a rope down for some.  From the bottom of the slot (7mileBEF_07) walk about 600 feet to rap 3.

Rap 3 (d7mileBEF_R3) is anchored from a small tree / large bush about 10 feet back and drops about 60 feet into a deepish slot. After rap 3 walk the semi-narrow slot about 150 feet to where the canyon widens again to wide wash to walk.  Continue in wide wash about 400 feet to rap 4.

Rap 4 (d7mileBEF_R4) can be anchored from a rock horn up on the RDC side and drops about 50 feet then its a short walk to where the canyon widens out again to more open wash walking. Optionally this rap can be bypassed walking the ledge on the RDC side about 160 feet then scrambling down a ramp that drops down in the up canyon direction back to the canyon floor.

After rap 4 is a mix of easy walking and sections of light galumphing with a couple short easy downclimbs. About 0.2 miles down canyon a deeper slot begins to form.

Shortly into the slot (7mileBEF_08) is a sloped downclimb of about 15 feet then walking down in a deep feeling slot a little more than shoulder width wide in the narrow spots with one more sloped downclimb. The deep slot continues for about 475 feet then opens up to wash walking again (7mileBEF_09).

About 175 feet down canyon will be Side canyon joins in from RDC (we called it the Selfish Fork) and there is a ravine / rubble ramp just down canyon of it. To exit the canyon scramble north up the ravine / rubble ramp.

If you want to see the remainder of the Big East Fork continue down canyon over one 10 foot drop over a boulder then a mix of walking and light galumphing for about 900 feet to the confluence with Seven Mile Creek. After going to the confluence come back up canyon to here to exit. Caution if you go to the confluence it is easy to walk past it and never notice and find your self walking down main Seven Mile Creek.

Note:
The last 150 feet of the Selfish Fork just above here is downclimbable down to here. For a fun side trip you can go part way up the exit route then drop into the Selfish Fork where it is a wide open wash then down climb through this section back down into the Big East Fork. This side trip adds a little extra fun to the Big East Fork if desired.

To Exit:
Scramble up the side ravine / rubble ramp. After about 200 feet the grade becomes more gentle and will be less rubble filled. About 200 feet farther you will be able to turn right and scramble up out of the cross joint you are in up onto rolling slick rock.

The Exit:
From side canyon, Selfish Fork (j7mileBEF-Ext) scramble up the side ravine / rubble ramp. After about 200 feet the grade becomes more gentle and will be less rubble filled. About 200 feet farther you will be able to turn right and scramble up out of the cross joint you are in up onto rolling slick rock.

When the cross joint is shallow enough (7mileBEF_10) to allow you to scramble to the right (northeast) up onto rolling slickrock.

About 140 feet farther is the top of a ridge (7mileBEF_11) you can walk down to get into the wide open wash of the Selfish Fork below. To continue on the exit route continue northeast along rolling slickrock roughly following what feels like the crest of the ridge.

About 650 feet farther the route tops out briefly (7mileBEF_12). Continue northeast down the other side and over to a prominent steep hill about 450 feet away.

When you get to the hill (7mileBEF_13) go part way up the steep hill to here then veer left (north) to work your way out around the steep upper portion. Walk about 200 feet to the left the circle around 200 feet again to get to the other side of the hill where you will see one more hill that you can walk straight up.

On the other side is a survey marker (7Mile-BM-01), continue northeast up the hill.

At the top out of a hill (7mileBEF_14) you now have a good view of the cliff side of the mesa about 700 feet away. Walk over to the cliff band and travel just to the right of it.

When you get to the base of the cliff band (7mileBEF_15) below the mesa top. Walk along the base of the cliff band to the right (southeast) for about 270 feet to the base of a rubble pile to scramble up to the mesa top.

From the bottom of a rubble pile (7mileBEF_16) scramble up to get up on the mesa top.

From the top of the rubble pile (7mileBEF_17) continue northeast back toward the road.

About 0.34 miles farther cross over the shallow drainage (7mileBEF_18) then continue northeast and up the dirt hill to the next level.
This shallow drainage is the top end of the Selfish Fork.

after getting up the small dirt hill (7mileBEF_19) continue northeast toward the road. As you continue you may notice a drainage forming on your right (southish) which is the top of Big East Fork. You can drop back into the drainage if desired and follow it up but travel may be easier staying high and walking the rolling desert to the car (pk7MileEast-1) about 0.75 miles to the northeast.

GPS Waypoint Information

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BEF 7 Mile (1) Drive in to Trailhead
  1. extTicaboo1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.69720   W -110.67138        Elev: 4,520 Feet
    Exit off of highway 276 onto BLM road 13400 to get to the Ticaboo Mesa area. Turn east and leave the highway on a dirt road. Near Mile post 25.
  2. TicabooDP-01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.68607   W -110.65188        Elev: NaN Feet
    Continue straight for the main area of Ticaboo Mesa. Or Turn right (south) here for an alternate route over toward the Smith Fork Canyons.
  3. TicabooDP-02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.67981   W -110.62886        Elev: NaN Feet
    Road junction with faint road running to the south. Continue straight (east). Road to the south is about 1.25 miles long and goes down toward Cane Spring Well.
  4. TicabooDP-03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.68038   W -110.62628        Elev: 4,565 Feet
    Exit to a spot to camp if the roads ahead are too rough.
  5. TicabooDP-04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.67963   W -110.60429        Elev: NaN Feet
    Junction for a road going south. Continue straiaght (north east) to continue toward Ticaboo Measa. This road junction is near Wild Horse Springs.
  6. TicabooDP-05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.68389   W -110.60153        Elev: NaN Feet
    Junction for a side road on the left going north. Continue north east toward Ticaboo Mesa. The road going north is BLM Road 13440 aobut 0.4 miles long and goes over toward Colt Spring.
  7. TicabooDP-06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.68667   W -110.59547        Elev: NaN Feet
    Junction for a side road going north. The Road north is BLM Road 13540 and goes out toward Upper South Fork Ticaboo.
  8. TicabooDP-07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.69529   W -110.58385        Elev: NaN Feet
    Turn off for a side road on the right. Turn right onto the side road and drive southwest.
  9. extWarmSpring          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.69362   W -110.58484        Elev: NaN Feet
    Stay right to go toward the main drainage of Seven Mile Creek and Warm Springs Canyon. Or Stay left to go toward the East Branch of Seven Mile Creek and Ticaboo Mesa.
  10. ext7MileCkEB          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.69147   W -110.58014        Elev: NaN Feet
    Turn right (more south) to continue toward the East Branch of Seven Mile Creek. Or veer left to continue toward Ticaboo Mesa.
  11. 7MileCkEBDP-01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.68044   W -110.56997        Elev: NaN Feet
    Continuestraight (south) past a side road joining from the left. This road is not shown on all maps.
  12. 7MileCkEBDP-02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.67443   W -110.56735        Elev: NaN Feet
    Jog in the road near a stock pond. Veer right and continue south. Turning left leads to a berm with a survey marker on it.
  13. pk7MileEast-1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66847   W -110.56220        Elev: 4,850 Feet
    1st of 2 spots you can park for doing the Big East Fork or Little East Fork of Seven Mile Creek. This spot is 0.52 miles after passing the stock pond and is where a minor drainage crosses the road. There is no defined parking spot and you will need to pull off the side of the road where you feel comfortable doing so. The drainage here is one of the minor forks of Big East Fork and you can walk southwest down it to go to Big East Fork. Alternately you can park at the other parking spot about 600 feet north of here where another minor drainage crosses the road and is another minor fork of Big East Fork. To do the Big East Fork park at either of the two spots and walk southwest down the minor drainage you parked at for about 0.42 miles to the confluence of the two minor drainages. To do the Little East Fork it is preferable to park here to start the route.
  14. pk7MileEast-2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66718   W -110.56105        Elev: 4,850 Feet
    2nd of 2 spots you can park for doing the Big East Fork or Little East Fork of Seven Mile Creek. This spot is 0.62 miles after passing the stock pond and is about 140 feet before reaching a minor drainage crossing the road. There is no defined parking spot and you will need to pull off the side of the road where you feel comfortable doing so. The draiange here is one of the minor forks of Big East Fork and you can walk southwest down it to go to Big East Fork. Alternately you can park at the other parking spot about 600 feet north of here where another minor draiange crosses the road and is another minor fork of Big East Fork. To do the Big East Fork park at either of the two spots and walk down the minor drainage you parked at for about 0.42 miles to the confluence of the two minor drainages. To do the Little East Fork it is preferable to park at the other spot or park here and walk the road back to the other spot.
BEF 7 Mile (2) Approach and Canyon
  1. pk7MileEast-2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66718   W -110.56105        Elev: 4,850 Feet
    2nd of 2 spots you can park for doing the Big East Fork or Little East Fork of Seven Mile Creek. This spot is 0.62 miles after passing the stock pond and is about 140 feet before reaching a minor drainage crossing the road. There is no defined parking spot and you will need to pull off the side of the road where you feel comfortable doing so. The draiange here is one of the minor forks of Big East Fork and you can walk southwest down it to go to Big East Fork. Alternately you can park at the other parking spot about 600 feet north of here where another minor draiange crosses the road and is another minor fork of Big East Fork. To do the Big East Fork park at either of the two spots and walk down the minor drainage you parked at for about 0.42 miles to the confluence of the two minor drainages. To do the Little East Fork it is preferable to park at the other spot or park here and walk the road back to the other spot.
  2. pk7MileEast-1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66847   W -110.56220        Elev: 4,850 Feet
    1st of 2 spots you can park for doing the Big East Fork or Little East Fork of Seven Mile Creek. This spot is 0.52 miles after passing the stock pond and is where a minor drainage crosses the road. There is no defined parking spot and you will need to pull off the side of the road where you feel comfortable doing so. The drainage here is one of the minor forks of Big East Fork and you can walk southwest down it to go to Big East Fork. Alternately you can park at the other parking spot about 600 feet north of here where another minor drainage crosses the road and is another minor fork of Big East Fork. To do the Big East Fork park at either of the two spots and walk southwest down the minor drainage you parked at for about 0.42 miles to the confluence of the two minor drainages. To do the Little East Fork it is preferable to park here to start the route.
  3. 7mileBEF_01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66509   W -110.56830        Elev: NaN Feet
    From the road you can follow one of two minor drainages southwest. Both minor drainages meet here. Continue southwest down from this confluence.
  4. 7mileBEF_02          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66454   W -110.56910        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop in the wash about 15 feet. Easily bypassed on the LDC side.
  5. y7mileBEF-Tp          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66224   W -110.57106        Elev: 4,660 Feet
    Top of the Big East Fork of Seven Mile Creek. You can rappel about 45 feet into a deep but short slot anchoring about 10 feet back from a rock. A short distance after the rappel is a downclimb of about 10 feet then a walk of about 50 feet to where the slot opens up to big wide open wash again. Alternatively this short slot and rappel can be bypassed by walkign around on the RDC side about 600 feet then scramble your way back down to the canyon floor.
  6. 7mileBEF_03          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66083   W -110.57207        Elev: NaN Feet
    To the right (northwest) of here is a rubble pile leading down from the RDC side rim that can be used to scramble down if bypassing the upper short slot and rappel.
  7. 7mileBEF_04          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66046   W -110.57277        Elev: NaN Feet
    Downclimb of about 12 feet that can optionally be bypassed on the RDC side. There are a couple more short downclimbs before reaching rap 2 about 200 feet down canyon.
  8. d7mileBEF_R2          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66005   W -110.57319        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 2 - Big East Fork Seven Mile Creek. Anchored from a rock protruding from the ground and drops about 30 feet under a boulder to a narrow slot.
  9. 7mileBEF_05          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65965   W -110.57377        Elev: NaN Feet
    Drop that is easily bypassed on the RDC side. Canyon also widens out here.
  10. 7mileBEF_06          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65841   W -110.57564        Elev: NaN Feet
    Downclimb of about 6 feet at the start of another very short narrow section then more wide open wash walking.
  11. 7mileBEF_07          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65679   W -110.57814        Elev: NaN Feet
    Lower end of a narrow slot about 80 feet long with a few easy downclimbs then the canyon opens to more easy wash walking. This short slot can be bypassed if it is full of mud by climbing up around on the RDC side but a decent climber will need to scramble up and toss a rope down for some.
  12. d7mileBEF_R3          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65601   W -110.57959        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 3 - Big East Fork Seven Mile Creek. Anchored from a small tree / large bush about 10 feet back and drops about 60 feet into a deepish slot. After rap 3 walk the semi-narrow slot about 150 feet to where the canyon widens again to wide wash to walk.
  13. d7mileBEF_R4          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65536   W -110.58101        Elev: NaN Feet
    Rap 4 - Big East Fork Seven Mile Creek. Can be anchored from a rock horn up on the RDC side and drops about 50 feet then its a short walk to where the canyon widens out again to more open wash walking. Optionally this rap can be bypassed walking the ledge on the RDC side about 160 feet then scrambling down a ramp that drops down in the up canyon direction back to the canyon floor. After rap 4 is a mix of easy walking and sections of light galumphing with a couple short easy downclimbs. About 0.2 miles down canyon a deeper slot begins to form.
  14. 7mileBEF_08          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65366   W -110.58400        Elev: NaN Feet
    Start of a deeper slot. Shortly into the slot is a sloped downclimb of about 15 feet then walking down in a deep feeling slot a little more than shoulder width wide in the narrow spots with one more sloped downclimb. The deep slot continues for about 475 feet then opens up to wash walking again.
  15. 7mileBEF_09          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65320   W -110.58550        Elev: NaN Feet
    Deep slot opens up again to open wash walking.
  16. j7mileBEF-Ext          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65366   W -110.58573        Elev: 4,160 Feet
    Side canyon joins in from RDC (we called it the Selfish Fork) and there is a ravine / rubble ramp just down canyon of it. To exit the canyon scramble north up the ravine / rubble ramp. If you want to see the remainder of the Big East Fork continue down canyon over one 10 foot drop over a boulder then a mix of walking and light galumphing for about 900 feet to the confluence with Seven Mile Creek. After going to the confluence come back up canyon to here to exit. Caution if you go to the confluence it is easy to walk past it and never notice and find your self walking down main Seven Mile Creek. To Exit: Scramble up the side ravine / rubble ramp. After about 200 feet the grade becomes more gentle and will be less rubble filled. About 200 feet farther you will be able to turn right and scramble up out of the cross joint you are in up onto rolling slick rock. Note: The last 150 feet of the Selfish Fork just above here is downclimbable down to here. For a fun side trip you can go part way up the exit route then drop into the Selfish Fork where it is a wide open wash then down climb through this section back down into the Big East Fork. This side trip adds a little extra fun to the Big East Fork if desired.
  17. y7MileBEF-Bt          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65268   W -110.58832        Elev: 4,080 Feet
    Bottom of the Big East Fork of Seven Mile Canyon where it drops into the main fork. If traveling up from below the confluence the Big East Fork is to the right (east) and is visually the larger looking of the two. If traveling down the Big East Fork to here the up canyon direction in the main Seven Mile Creek is small and easily goes un-noticed. About 140 feet up the Main Seven Mile Canyon from here is a chute to start an exit up out of the system to the west.
BEF 7 Mile (3) Exit
  1. j7mileBEF-Ext          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65366   W -110.58573        Elev: 4,160 Feet
    Side canyon joins in from RDC (we called it the Selfish Fork) and there is a ravine / rubble ramp just down canyon of it. To exit the canyon scramble north up the ravine / rubble ramp. If you want to see the remainder of the Big East Fork continue down canyon over one 10 foot drop over a boulder then a mix of walking and light galumphing for about 900 feet to the confluence with Seven Mile Creek. After going to the confluence come back up canyon to here to exit. Caution if you go to the confluence it is easy to walk past it and never notice and find your self walking down main Seven Mile Creek. To Exit: Scramble up the side ravine / rubble ramp. After about 200 feet the grade becomes more gentle and will be less rubble filled. About 200 feet farther you will be able to turn right and scramble up out of the cross joint you are in up onto rolling slick rock. Note: The last 150 feet of the Selfish Fork just above here is downclimbable down to here. For a fun side trip you can go part way up the exit route then drop into the Selfish Fork where it is a wide open wash then down climb through this section back down into the Big East Fork. This side trip adds a little extra fun to the Big East Fork if desired.
  2. 7mileBEF_10          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65472   W -110.58645        Elev: NaN Feet
    Cross joint is shallow enough to allow you to scramble to the right (northeast) up onto rolling slickrock.
  3. 7mileBEF_11          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65487   W -110.58597        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top of a ridge you can walk down to get into the wide open wash of the Selfish Fork below. To continue on the exit route continue northeast along rolling slickrock roughly following what feels like the crest of the ridge.
  4. 7mileBEF_12          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65643   W -110.58495        Elev: NaN Feet
    The route tops out briefly here. Continue northeast down the other side and over to a prominent steep hill about 450 feet away.
  5. 7mileBEF_13          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65741   W -110.58399        Elev: NaN Feet
    Go part way up the steep hill to here then veer left (north) to work your way out around the steep upper portion. Walk about 200 feet to the left the circle around 200 feet again to get to the other side of the hill where you will see one more hill that you can walk straight up.
  6. 7Mile-BM-01          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65764   W -110.58339        Elev: 4,430 Feet
    Survey marker. On the Exit from Big East Fork continue northeast up the hill.
  7. 7mileBEF_14          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65831   W -110.58278        Elev: NaN Feet
    Top out of a hill where you now have a good view of the cliff side of the mesa about 700 feet away. Walk over to the cliff band and travel just to the right of it.
  8. 7mileBEF_15          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.65967   W -110.58104        Elev: NaN Feet
    Base of the cliff band below the mesa top. Walk along the base of the cliff band to the right (southeast) for about 270 feet to the base of a rubble pile to scramble up to the mesa top.
  9. 7mileBEF_16          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66001   W -110.58016        Elev: NaN Feet
    Bottom of a rubble pile to scramble up to get up on the mesa top.
  10. 7mileBEF_17          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66031   W -110.58014        Elev: 4,630 Feet
    Top of a rubble pile used to get up onto the mesa top. Continue northeast back toward the road.
  11. 7mileBEF_18          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66308   W -110.57514        Elev: NaN Feet
    Crossing over the shallow drainage. Continue northeast and up the dirt hill to the next level. This shallow drainage is the top end of the Selfish Fork.
  12. 7mileBEF_19          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66305   W -110.57372        Elev: NaN Feet
    After getting up this small dirt hill continue northeast toward the road. As you continue you may notice a drainage forming on your right (southish) which is the top of Big East Fork. You can drop back into the drainage if desired and follow it up but travel may be easier staying high and walking the rolling desert to the car about 0.75 miles to the northeast.
  13. pk7MileEast-1          Lat/Lon (WGS84):  N 37.66847   W -110.56220        Elev: 4,850 Feet
    1st of 2 spots you can park for doing the Big East Fork or Little East Fork of Seven Mile Creek. This spot is 0.52 miles after passing the stock pond and is where a minor drainage crosses the road. There is no defined parking spot and you will need to pull off the side of the road where you feel comfortable doing so. The drainage here is one of the minor forks of Big East Fork and you can walk southwest down it to go to Big East Fork. Alternately you can park at the other parking spot about 600 feet north of here where another minor drainage crosses the road and is another minor fork of Big East Fork. To do the Big East Fork park at either of the two spots and walk southwest down the minor drainage you parked at for about 0.42 miles to the confluence of the two minor drainages. To do the Little East Fork it is preferable to park here to start the route.