Sids Mountain Hideout
Located on top of a Mesa called Sids Mountain in Emery County, Central Utah.
I believe Joe and Sid Swazey pioneered a trail to the top of this Mesa, Built a cabin there to conduct (long rope) livestock trading business. I believe Butch Cassidy, Elzy Lay, Joe Walker may have stayed there after the Castle Gate Holdup.
I took these photos about 1988. The original cabin had a collection of running irons stacked on a log. The pioneering tools were hidden in tree at the trail cutting through the Mesa rim rock. A more modern cabin is located at the same place, For hunters I believe.
Segers Hole is a rarely visited area located in South West region of the San Rafael Swell. This is one of central Utah’s more secret areas for an off road adventure. First is finding the trail, then building up the courage to descend the dugway which appears to be washed out and sluffed off. Happily it was passable last fall, 2014. Warning, I do not recommend this trail to stock vehicles, and never descend in the hole with only one vehicle, it is very remote. ATVs and UTVs need to be very careful in the loose tippy places.
Now, what to see in Segers Hole? After descending into the Hole follow the trail left or right, I suggest doing both. Left will take you to a rim overlook. You can view the Muddy Creek Narrows directly below and see portions of the Hidden Splendor uranium mine area. A great view of the South end of the San Rafael Reef. The entire trip to Segers Hole is one amazing overlook after another.
I believe the trail was built for uranium exploration likely in the 1950s or early 1960s.
My first visit was in the early 1990s while exploring the area by myself in my trusty 1974 CJ5. (Not following my own advise) I descended into the Hole hoping I could get back out after passing the off camber loose area. I enjoyed the views at the rim then scratched my way back up the dug way (whew!). I returned a year later on a Honda
Forman ATV, yep – you guessed it, still alone (slow learner). Got back out OK. Returned several years later this time the BLM had closed the trail. The old carsonite sign and logs.
Three years ago I was exploring the area and passing the Hole trail noticed to my surprise the trail was no longer closed. I didn’t feel my stock Jeep XJ with all season tires was up to the dug way. A passing BLM employee said the trail was impassable and some guys had to walk out a while back. They had to have there truck rescued at great expense. The trail didn’t look any different than when I jeeped it years before and there were fresh atv tracks there.
A few jeeping friends and I decided to explore Segers Hole last year. These jeeps are modified with lifted suspension, lockers, and off road tires.We had no problems and enjoyed the trail and the view. Again do not go in a single vehicle it is extremely remote and unlikely anyone will come by for days. Cell phone coverage is thin at best.
Take I70 exit HWY 10, turn South onto gravel road, Turn left at Mussentuchit road, pass Willow Spring, turn left at Cedar Mountain sign, Stay left on other side of pass, continue
ascent on Moroni Slope until you come to the high rim overlook.
Trail into the HOLE: 38-34.889’N 111-01.365’W
October 2011 gave my buddies and I some good days to explore Robbers Roost Utah again. We had ATVs ready for the trails. We checked out Roost Canyon the first day, the spring seemed messed up compared to a few years ago (lots of cows). Took the old trail out of Roost Canyon going South past Dead Man hill, stopping at the flint pots that are hidden in the sand ridges. its always fun to check out the flint chips, and wonder about there origins. Next day we jeeped out to Panorama Point which is in Canyonlands National Park. My friend Daryl is living in Kentucky and even though he grew up in Utah he has not been to Canyonlands, and was duly impressed as am I even though I have been here many times. Next day we rode the ATVs to Sam’s Mesa. This is a large Mesa with several levels which could easily be defended against intruders (a posse). I haven’t located any outlaw artifacts on Sam’s Mesa, but it is Roost country for sure. The trail is a bit challenging in several spots. Don’t go out there with just one vehicle. Its as far from recovery assistance as you can get in the lower 48. The last place we explored was Bluejohn Spring. We hiked in from Bluejohn canyon, found the spring, took a few photos. I have been trying to locate ruins of the outlaw Bluejhon’s cabin, which was near this spring. No luck finding the evidence of the cabin. This is my third attempt. We had a great camp near Twin Corral Box Canyon.
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