The Nipple Expedition
After another online check of alternative routes, we decided to point the H3 in Mollie's general direction and just go.
I could post a laundry list of directions, forks in the road, coral landmarks, and a dike and such, but just driving in Mollie's general direction as the road wanders will get you there.
But not any vehicle will do the job. A high clearance, four-wheel drive is needed to navigate to Mollie's base.
This is the most technical part of the road, about a 23 degree incline over high steps and crossing axles, is on the last two miles of the drive.
Not far from the end of the road that terrain turns from limestone to a layer of the Moenkopi Formation, climbing from the Paleozoic to the Mesozoic layers, all at the edge of the Colorado Plateau.
Closer to the summit the trail turns technical with basalt boulders, remnants of the volcanic activity that formed Mollie's Nipple during the Quaternary period, over a million and a half years ago. This, like most every other vertical hike in this area, is time travel at its finest.
We reached the top and celebrated with incredible views of the St. George Basin and the wonderful color of the Plateau.
Finder's keepers, loser's weepers.