Little Hole Canyon

Green River, Utah

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Follow the hiker trail down the wash bottom, and occasionally up on the bench, toward the Colorado River. Another canyon enters from the left about halfway to the river. Just before you reach the river, you’ll see dark granite protruding from the canyon bottom. The Colorado River has eroded away the top sandstone layer to expose the lower level granite. This is one of the few areas where the granite substrate is exposed. The next point is along the Colorado at Granite Falls in the Grand Canyon, hundreds of miles to the southwest. Reaching the river, look downstream at the huge canyon walls on the west side. You can hear the sound of a small rapid echoing off the walls. You can also see a large grassy bench on the south side of the river and high cliff walls beyond. The area south of the river is little traveled by humans. It is only reachable from the east on roads beginning in Colorado, or by river runners. This is one of the most remote areas in the Colorado River Basin and part of the Westwater Wilderness Study Area. You gain some elevation on the return trip, but the short distance makes this a pleasant and relaxing hike in beautiful and unique surroundings.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

Follow the hiker trail down the wash bottom, and occasionally up on the bench, toward the Colorado River. Another canyon enters from the left about halfway to the river. Just before you reach the river, you’ll see dark granite protruding from the canyon bottom. The Colorado River has eroded away the top sandstone layer to expose the lower level granite. This is one of the few areas where the granite substrate is exposed. The next point is along the Colorado at Granite Falls in the Grand Canyon, hundreds of miles to the southwest. Reaching the river, look downstream at the huge canyon walls on the west side.

You can hear the sound of a small rapid echoing off the walls. You can also see a large grassy bench on the south side of the river and high cliff walls beyond. The area south of the river is little traveled by humans. It is only reachable from the east on roads beginning in Colorado, or by river runners. This is one of the most remote areas in the Colorado River Basin and part of the Westwater Wilderness Study Area. You gain some elevation on the return trip, but the short distance makes this a pleasant and relaxing hike in beautiful and unique surroundings.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Green River
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 310 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Season: February to April, September to November
Local Contacts: BLM Moab Field Office
Local Maps: USGS Agate
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Hole Canyon

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