Upper Chimney Canyon

Green River, Utah

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Upper Chimney Canyon offers a different view of the western swell area. The entire plateau area is called the Musentuchit Badlands. Canyoneering author Steve Allen attributes this to early cowboys who said of the area that one “must’ent touch it.” The canyon usually has no water. Several side canyons merit exploration, and you may sight some wildlife in the area. Along the way you encounter a couple of short narrows. The canyon varies from 100 to 200 feet deep, but in the deeper sections the plateau walls, set back from the canyon, tower hundreds of feet above the canyon bottom. Interesting pinnacle formations spice up the trip. As you near the end of the hike, you pass through the narrowest section of the canyon. Your hike ends at a 30-foot dryfall into a deep pool.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

Upper Chimney Canyon offers a different view of the western swell area. The entire plateau area is called the Musentuchit Badlands. Canyoneering author Steve Allen attributes this to early cowboys who said of the area that one “must’ent touch it.” The canyon usually has no water. Several side canyons merit exploration, and you may sight some wildlife in the area.

Along the way you encounter a couple of short narrows. The canyon varies from 100 to 200 feet deep, but in the deeper sections the plateau walls, set back from the canyon, tower hundreds of feet above the canyon bottom. Interesting pinnacle formations spice up the trip. As you near the end of the hike, you pass through the narrowest section of the canyon. Your hike ends at a 30-foot dryfall into a deep pool.

©  Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Green River
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 420 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Season: September to May
Local Contacts: BLM Price Field Office
Local Maps: USGS The Frying Pan, San Rafael Desert
Driving Directions: Directions to Upper Chimney Canyon

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