The Wave Trail

Kanab, Utah

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For all of the publicity it has received, one might reasonably expect the Wave to be an enormous geological sculpture that stands alone, like Ayers Rock, in the middle of the desert. Actually it is a relatively small hollowedout cove on the side of a sandstone hill, not much more than a half acre in size. Nevertheless, the Wave is extremely photogenic, and it is well worth the short hike required to see it. Its aesthetic appeal lies in the fact that the layers of sandstone in the Coyote Buttes area present a huge variation in hardness and color, and at the Wave the stratified stone has been weathered by the wind and rain into an amazing display of curving, multicolored bands and ridges that no artist could ever hope to duplicate.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

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Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

For all of the publicity it has received, one might reasonably expect the Wave to be an enormous geological sculpture that stands alone, like Ayers Rock, in the middle of the desert. Actually it is a relatively small hollowedout cove on the side of a sandstone hill, not much more than a half acre in size.

Nevertheless, the Wave is extremely photogenic, and it is well worth the short hike required to see it. Its aesthetic appeal lies in the fact that the layers of sandstone in the Coyote Buttes area present a huge variation in hardness and color, and at the Wave the stratified stone has been weathered by the wind and rain into an amazing display of curving, multicolored bands and ridges that no artist could ever hope to duplicate.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kanab
Distance: 5.2
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 4,860 feet
Top Elevation: 5,190 feet
Local Contacts: Utah Trails; BLM, Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs, Kanab Field Office
Local Maps: Pine Hollow Canyon (USGS), Coyote Buttes (Arizona) (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to The Wave Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/8/2010
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This is a trail like no other. The beginning of the trail is non-descript but once you hit the slick rock the formations get mind boggling. This all culminates in the Wave. Wow! The Wave itself is other worldly. Kind of like sandstone on LSD. The photos of the Wave do not exaggerate its beauty. The photos can't do it justice. This is a must see. Unfortunately, only 20 lucky people per day are allowed to make this hike. However, the day I did this hike I saw what I believe to be "illegal" hikers without a permit. They were starting late in the day when it's less likely that the BLM will be checking for permits.



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