Monday, January 22, 2018

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

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Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
The Rochester Panel and Molen Reef Petroglyphs are near Emery, Utah, and consists of one very large panel of hundreds of images likely carved by the Fremont Native Americans. The vast majority of the petroglyphs have a strong Barrier Canyon influnce, including animals, female/male figures, and one large rainbow-like image. Molen Reef Petroglyphs are much smaller, but still expose what the native people were contemplating. You can easily combine both in one afternoon, as the hike to the Rochester Panel is only 1/2 mile, and you can drive right up to the Molen Reef area. Kids, dogs, and casual hikers will enjoy these areas, but please respect the rules and DO NOT touch any of the petroglyphs.


Here's a driving map to the Rochester Panel if coming from Emery, UT.

Here's a driving map to the Molen Reef Petroglyphs if coming from Ferron, UT. The parking area is between mile 6 & 7, off HWY Co Rd 803.

(For Rochester Panel)
Distance: 0.8 miles RT
Elevation gain: flat, 30 ft
Time: 1 hour
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/Permits? None
Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
 The parking lot is huge, and the TH starts on the East side of the lot.
Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
 Follow the trail as it curves down to the right.
Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
 You'll hike to the bottom of the canyon, then hike back up a few feet.
Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
Hike along a wide ridge area.
Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
 Then BAM! The most amazing petroglyphs I have seen in Utah. It's my new favorite! Sadly, that white chunck of rock that is missing is thought to be because people chipped out the sections they wanted to keep for themselves.

*** It is illegal to remove rock art, and touching is NOT allowed! Help preserve petroglyphs - even the oils from our hands can darken them and destroy the carved images. ***

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
Even the views are amazing!

Rochester Panel trail map



Molen Reef Petroglyphs
GPS location: 38.940249, -111.110868

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs

Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs
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Hiking to the Rochester Panel & Molen Reef Petroglyphs