I hiked up to the Escalante Cross again today, for more information check out this link.
I always enjoy that hike and just wanted to share the pictures this time.
I found the following online:
Recent accounts have reported sightings of a ”shadowy wolf-like figure” near the foothills of Mt. Loafer. Sightings have been reported in the same general area as the Escalante Cross. The 37 foot cross towers over the small town of Spanish Fork on Dominguez hill. The cross is said to be a landmark planted in honor of the Dominguez and Esclante expedition. However, this is not the original cross planted by Silvestre Vlez de Escalante and Francisco Atanasio Domnguez in 1776. It is said that a similar cross, like the one we see today, was originally planted by the two Franciscan Friars. Journal entries found, written by these Christian explorers, tell us the cross was planted to warn off an ”evil entity” which was said to have haunted the travelers in their sleep. Tormented by howling, and sightings of this ”creature”, the explorers left abruptly, without explanation. The cross we see today was planted in 1981, in place of the original. Little do most Spanish Fork residents know, the terrifying history behind the so-called ”Escalante Cross.”