Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region
by Ron Adkison (Falcon Guides)
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A great half-day hike through white-cliff slots. This easy wash route offers a nice balance of 4-6 foot wide slot sections and open canyon. The day we hiked, there was about 2 inches of water for most of the hike as there had been heavy rains over the previous few days.
This was a nice surprise. Read about it in the Falcon guidebook, and the ranger at the Grand Staircase-Escalante visitor center also recommended it. The drive is a bit long over rough dirt road, but this hike is worth it. Good parking and easy access to Willis Creek, the narrows begin almost immediately. Not a super-narrow slot canyon that forces you to walk sideways, Willis Creek nevertheless has long stretches of narrows, approx. 6-10 ft wide. The day we hiked, there was water flowing and we had to jump over numerous times, but it wasn't more than 8 in. deep. The open sections are great, and the sections of narrows were just beautiful, with rippled and flowing walls. Much better than the narrows of Cottonwood Canyon which we also hiked the same day. Check out my photos to get a feel for the narrows.
it was okay, kind of boring, first slot canyon I have ever gone to, you go through a slot and then it opens up for awhile and go through a slot again, its good for a family if you are worried about rain because you are not in the slot long so its safe, the drive to get there is a long ways on a dirt road, we thought we were lost
If you're looking for an easy hike with some pretty spectacular narrows, this is the one. There is a small parking area with a register along the dirt road and the narrows begin just on the other side of the road. They are very shallow at first, but quickly begin to slot up. There is usually some water flowing, but unless there have been recent rains, it probably won't be more than a few inches. After a short hike through the first narrows, you come to an open area where you follow the trail for a short ways and then you enter another set of narrows. You follow these for a while and then again come to another opening for a short distance before again entering more slots. Unfortunately, we did not go to the end because of an approaching storm, but what we did see was great and we plan to return sometime. Be sure and look for the small arch high up to your left when you come to the second (I think) clearing; we almost missed it.
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