Middle Route to Buckskin Gulch

Church Wells, Utah

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The Middle Route offers a short, no-nonsense approach to the lower reaches of Buckskin Gulch. For backpackers hiking through Paria Canyon to Lees Ferry, or out to White House Trailhead, this route shaves about one hiking day off the trip. As with any other slot canyon hike, don’t consider this trip if rain is even a remote possibility. Once you reach Buckskin Gulch, there is no safe high ground for many miles. Experienced canyoneers will find the route simple and straightforward down to the rim of Buckskin Gulch. From there the route plunges down a sandy slickrock crack, where one misstep could be your last. A healthy respect for steep drop-offs and - experience descending very steep slickrock with a backpack are necessary to negotiate the descent route safely.
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)

The Middle Route offers a short, no-nonsense approach to the lower reaches of Buckskin Gulch. For backpackers hiking through Paria Canyon to Lees Ferry, or out to White House Trailhead, this route shaves about one hiking day off the trip. As with any other slot canyon hike, don’t consider this trip if rain is even a remote possibility. Once you reach Buckskin Gulch, there is no safe high ground for many miles.
Experienced canyoneers will find the route simple and straightforward down to the rim of Buckskin Gulch.

From there the route plunges down a sandy slickrock crack, where one misstep could be your last. A healthy respect for steep drop-offs and - experience descending very steep slickrock with a backpack are necessary to negotiate the descent route safely.

©  Ron Adkison/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Church Wells
Distance: 2.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Apr through June; Sept
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: West Clark Bench and Bridger
Driving Directions: Directions to Middle Route to Buckskin Gulch

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