Paria-Hackberry and The Cockscomb WSAs Trails

Kanab, Utah

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These two wilderness study areas occupy a large expanse of terrain that is less often visited than most other sections of the Grand Staircase– Escalante National Monument (GSENM). Both The Cockscomb and Paria-Hackberry are southwest of the Kaiparowits Plateau, in the Grand Staircase. The “staircase” ascends from the Vermilion Cliffs to the White Cliffs to the Pink Cliffs. Nearby Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness receives such heavy use that reservations are necessary, but few people seem to cross to the north side of the highway to explore. The Cockscomb actually looks like two cockscombs running parallel to each other for about 100 miles. Triangular piles and fins of rock stick up sharply like filed teeth with surprisingly uniform spaces between them. The giant fold in the earth’s crust that forms The Cockscomb is part of the East Kaibab Monocline that runs from the Arizona border to Canaan Peak near Henrieville. The north-south flexure separates the Kaiparowits Plateau to the east from the Grand Staircase to the west. This trail guide includes descriptions of Grosvenor Arch and Cottonwood Narrows, Bull Valley Gorge, and Lower hackberry canyon and am Pollack Arch.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

These two wilderness study areas occupy a large expanse of terrain that is less often visited than most other sections of the Grand Staircase– Escalante National Monument (GSENM). Both The Cockscomb and Paria-Hackberry are southwest of the Kaiparowits Plateau, in the Grand Staircase. The “staircase” ascends from the Vermilion Cliffs to the White Cliffs to the Pink Cliffs. Nearby Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness receives such heavy use that reservations are necessary, but few people seem to cross to the north side of the highway to explore.

The Cockscomb actually looks like two cockscombs running parallel to each other for about 100 miles. Triangular piles and fins of rock stick up sharply like filed teeth with surprisingly uniform spaces between them. The giant fold in the earth’s crust that forms The Cockscomb is part of the East Kaibab Monocline that runs from the Arizona border to Canaan Peak near Henrieville. The north-south flexure separates the Kaiparowits Plateau to the east from the Grand Staircase to the west. This trail guide includes descriptions of Grosvenor Arch and Cottonwood Narrows, Bull Valley Gorge, and Lower hackberry canyon and am Pollack Arch.

©  Lynna & Leland Howard/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kanab
Distance: 12.5
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,700 feet
Top Elevation: 7,271 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Kanab Resource Area
Local Maps: USGS Panguitch, Escalante, Smokey Mountain, Bull Valley Gorge, Slickrock Bench, Butler Valley, Horse Flat, Calico Peak, and others
Driving Directions: Directions to Paria-Hackberry and The Cockscomb WSAs Trails

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