Fiftymile Bench

Escalante, Utah 84726

Fiftymile Bench

Fiftymile Bench Professional Review and Guide

"As you drive out the Hole-in-the-Rock Road through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, two topographic contrasts are readily apparent. To the east, the Escalante Desert is a despairing wasteland of desert scrub and cacti, drift sand, and sun-baked slickrock. Discernible positive relief only periodically interrupts the general levelness. If you attempt traveling toward the center of this tableland, however, your progress will be impeded by hundred- or thousand-foot drops from an unforeseen canyon’s edge.

To the west, the Escalante Desert is bound by a line of two superimposed cliffs extending as far as the eye can see. The upper tier is a ruler-straight escarpment, hence named the Straight Cliffs of the Kaiparowits Plateau. The lower platform, Fiftymile Bench, is a succession of cusps jutting out from a common bench. Fifty miles to the south, the Escalante Desert and the two terraces converge. From atop Fiftymile Bench, you’ll gain a true perspective of the monument’s Escalante Canyons Province."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Spring (March into June) and Fall (September into November)
4,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,500 feet
Top Elevation
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, 435-865-5100
Local Contacts
USGS: Big Hollow Wash, Blackburn Canyon, and Sooner Bench
Local Maps

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Jul 2018