The Powell Plateau is a large mesa semi-detached from the North Rim by a neck of land, Muav Saddle.
Over much of its 8.5 square mile surface it’s relatively flat and covered with a fine forest of Ponderosa Pines and Lupine. At an elevation of 7400 feet, it’s a wonderful place to explore! The Anasazi people lived on its top during the 11th and 12th centuries. Much later on, in 1870, John Wesley Powell visited the plateau that now bears his name.
My goal was to reach Dutton point, a location which protrudes out from the plateau into the canyon. Due to a variety of challenges, I did not make it, but I did find wonderful viewpoints and an epic campsite!