Lick Wash

Cannonville, Utah

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Lick Wash is one of many largely unknown, uncelebrated canyons carved into the remote White Cliffs of the Grand Staircase in southern Utah. What Lick Wash lacks in notoriety is compensated for by its incomparable beauty. Begin the hike from the end of the spur road by walking down the rock-strewn wash. Bluffs of Navajo Sandstone, studded with ponderosa pines, rise ahead, and the wash seems to disappear between them. Soon you enter the sandstone-enveloped gorge, which quickly slots up, and you make your way ahead through the narrow slickrock corridor. Within minutes you reach a short fence that spans the gap between the canyon walls. Climb over or crawl through the fence, passing the only obstacle in the canyon. The canyon walls grow higher as you proceed, with smooth convex slopes of slickrock sweeping upward for hundreds of feet to the square-edged mesas above. Curved lines of cross-bedding on the slickrock shoulders reach to the base of fluted cliffs, decorated with dark black streaks and a brown patina of desert varnish. Ponderosa pines grow tall and straight at the base of the great cliffs and fringe the rims of the mesas above.
Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region

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Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region

by Ron Adkison (Falcon Guides)

Lick Wash is one of many largely unknown, uncelebrated canyons carved into the remote White Cliffs of the Grand Staircase in southern Utah. What Lick Wash lacks in notoriety is compensated for by its incomparable beauty.

Begin the hike from the end of the spur road by walking down the rock-strewn wash. Bluffs of Navajo Sandstone, studded with ponderosa pines, rise ahead, and the wash seems to disappear between them. Soon you enter the sandstone-enveloped gorge, which quickly slots up, and you make your way ahead through the narrow slickrock corridor. Within minutes you reach a short fence that spans the gap between the canyon walls. Climb over or crawl through the fence, passing the only obstacle in the canyon. The canyon walls grow higher as you proceed, with smooth convex slopes of slickrock sweeping upward for hundreds of feet to the square-edged mesas above. Curved lines of cross-bedding on the slickrock shoulders reach to the base of fluted cliffs, decorated with dark black streaks and a brown patina of desert varnish. Ponderosa pines grow tall and straight at the base of the great cliffs and fringe the rims of the mesas above.

©  Ron Adkison/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cannonville
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Apr through mid-June; Sept through Oct
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: Deer Spring Point USGS quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Lick Wash

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