Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante and the Glen Canyon Region  by Ron Adkison

Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region Guide Book

by Ron Adkison (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante and the Glen Canyon Region  by Ron Adkison
This guidebook focuses on the Glen Canyon region, an area that includes all the major canyon tributaries to the Colorado River (Lake Powell) in southern Utah and many lesser canyons.The Glen Canyon region is vast, with over 3 million acres of canyons, mesas, and plateaus. There are unlimited hiking opportunities in hundreds of remote canyons, and this guide focuses on many of the region’s highlights. Difficult canyon routes that can be negotiated only by skilled veterans with advanced rock-climbing skills were not included. The hikes covered in this guide should satisfy veterans and novices alike, and there are easy hikes that will appeal to parents with children and to hikers budgeting their time and energy. Since the Glen Canyon region is a raw and often unforgiving desert canyon country landscape, hiking here requires some pre-trip planning. It also includes several hikes from Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument.

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Trails from the "Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region" Guide Book
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This very scenic hike traces Dark Canyon from its Elk Ridge headwaters to historic Scorup Cabin, a well-preserved summer cowboy camp that dates back to 1930. The trip blends montane forests and rich g ...
Blanding, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.6
A popular backcountry route that offers one of the finest slickrock rambles on the Colorado Plateau. Traces of old phone line and segments of the original mail route are still visible and hint at the ...
Boulder, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.8
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Bullet Canyon is a popular access route into the heart of upper Grand Gulch, second only to the Kane Gulch route. This mostly trailless route follows Bullet Canyon, a major Grand Gulch tributary, for ...
Mexican Hat, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 14.4
This ambitious trip surveys the central portion of Grand Gulch, perhaps the most difficult part of the gulch to traverse. It is an arduous journey: The trail is often vague and overgrown, and much of ...
Mexican Hat, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 29.5
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Grand Gulch, a rich riparian oasis and outdoor museum of the ancient Anasazi culture, is one of Utah’s classic canyons. Yet its remote setting is largely reserved for the backpacker willing to spend s ...
Blanding, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.0
Cottonwood Creek, an often-dry stream course, has, over the ages, carved a long, deep, and winding canyon through the steeply tilted rock beds of The Cockscomb, ranging from the shadowed confines of n ...
Cannonville, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.0
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Wedged between Dark Canyon Plateau and Wild Cow Point north of Dark Canyon is a very remote high-desert valley of exceptional beauty. Fable Valley, as its name suggests, is a special place, yet few hi ...
Blanding, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.6
This memorable trip is recommended only for experienced slickrock wanderers, for once you leave the road, you enter a landscape of Navajo Sandstone domes where a good feel for the lay of the land is n ...
Escalante, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 13.4
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The Devils Garden Outstanding Natural Area is an excellent place off Hole-in-the-Rock Road for an afternoon picnic followed by an hour or so of rewarding exploration. The garden is small, covering onl ...
Escalante, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
The upper Escalante River canyon, between the town of Escalante and the UT 12 bridge, is not only one of the most beautiful parts of the 85-mile-long canyon, it is also the easiest to reach, with frie ...
Escalante, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
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This rewarding day hike combines a walk along the Escalante River, including at least one ford, with an ascent of dry Phipps Wash and a visit to two distinctive natural spans, Phipps Arch and Maverick ...
Escalante, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.6
Fiftymile Creek is a remote slickrock canyon of exceptional beauty. Seldom visited, the canyon offers solitude and classic scenery. Narrow passages, 500-foot canyon walls, excellent campsites, a peren ...
Escalante, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.4
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This scenic, sometimes exciting route is second only to Hurricane Wash as the most popular access into incomparable Coyote Gulch. The trail not only provides short and quick access into lower Coyote G ...
Escalante, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
Few hikers visit Sunset Arch, a delicate, graceful span on the south slopes of Fortymile Ridge, which is surprising considering the arch is accessible via a short and easy route. Most hikers who come ...
Escalante, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.0
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Constructed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the 1970s, the Government Trail is the second shortest and easiest access into Grand Gulch. The way follows a long-closed road over the shrubdotte ...
Blanding, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.4
The Escalante Canyons are famous for their serpentine slickrock gorges, which feature deep alcoves, undercut cliffs, desert-varnished walls, and riparian oases, and Harris Wash is no exception. Th ...
Escalante, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 21.4
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Hog Canyon is the principal drainage on the west side of North Wash along UT 95. The small spring-fed stream, draining the eastern flanks of Trachyte Point, courses through a very scenic canyon embrac ...
Hite, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.0
If you have only one day for a hike in the upper Dark Canyon area, the Horse Pasture Trail should be at the top of your list. This trail is the most scenic and popular of all the upper Dark Canyon tra ...
Blanding, UT - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.0
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Coyote Gulch is the most well-known, and well-used, canyon in the Escalante region—and for good reasons. Between the lower Escalante River and the Straight Cliffs, Coyote Gulch has carved a deep, serp ...
Escalante, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 26.6
This premium 3-to 4-day trip surveys what is arguably the most attractive segment of 52-mile-long Grand Gulch, one of the top backcountry destinations in the Glen Canyon region. Grand Gulch carves a s ...
Mexican Hat, UT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 22.8
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