Fortymile Ridge to Coyote Gulch via Crack in the Wall Professional Review and Guide
"This scenic, sometimes exciting route is second only to Hurricane Wash as the most popular access into incomparable Coyote Gulch. The trail not only provides short and quick access into lower Coyote Gulch but also affords dramatic vistas across the vast domed slickrock landscape surrounding the lower Escalante Canyons and of the Escalante River drowned under the waters of Lake Powell.
The trail is shadeless throughout its length and passes over a tread of deep soft sand. On the rim of Coyote Gulch is the Crack in the Wall, a tight and exciting passage. Although most hikers use the trail on a round-trip backpacking hike into Coyote Gulch, ascending the steep and sandy trail, except during the cooler months or in the early morning hours, is not recommended. Not only is the exit on this trail a sandy, shadeless, uphill slog, but also the low elevations experience very hot temperatures from May through mid-September."