Escalante Natural Bridge Trail

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Elevation Gain426ft
Trailhead Elevation5,209ft
Elevation Min/Max5190/5296ft
Elevation Start/End5209/5209ft

Escalante Natural Bridge Trail

Escalante Natural Bridge Trail is a hiking trail in Garfield County, Utah. It is within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Phipps-Death Hollow Outstanding Natural Area. It is two miles long and begins at 5,209 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 426 feet. The Escapanti River Trailhead (elevation 5,328 feet) attraction is near the trailhead. There is also parking. The Cliff House attraction can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Escalante Natural Bridge attraction.

Escalante Natural Bridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The upper Escalante River canyon, between the town of Escalante and the UT 12 bridge, is not only one of the most beautiful parts of the 85-mile-long canyon, it is also the easiest to reach, with friendly terrain unencumbered by dense brush thickets and boulder fields.

One need not be a dedicated backpacker to enjoy hiking along the Escalante River, and this fine short hike to Escalante Natural Bridge is a trip accessible to any hiker willing to ford the shallow river."

"The last major river to be discovered in the contiguous United States, the 85-mile long Escalante River is beloved by those who enjoy hiking this area for its cool, riparian beauty in the midst of the canyon-country scramble of sandstone walls, canyons, buttes, spires, arches, and general dryness."

"This is the perfect short introduction to the Escalante River area, and despite its brevity it offers up an amazing array of the area’s beauty: a riparian river canyon, soaring sandstone canyon walls, ancient petroglyphs to spot, a natural bridge, and the very pleasant gurgle of water slipping through its course along the entire length of the trail."

"This rewarding day hike combines a walk along the Escalante River, including at least one ford, with an ascent of dry Phipps Wash and a visit to two distinctive natural spans, Phipps Arch and Maverick Bridge.

To reach Phipps Arch requires good route-finding skills and ascending steep slickrock. Maverick Bridge can be reached by any hiker willing to ford the murky shin-deep waters of the Escalante River."

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Looks like a great hike, unfortunately for us rains fed the river and it was unpassable. If you happen to be headed here during or just a day or two after a rain storm, don't bother trying to hike it... you will get very muddy and won't get more than 100 feet past the trailhead.
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Trail Information

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Nearby City
Phipps-Death Hollow Outstanding Natural Area
Additional Use
Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument
Local Contacts
USGS Escalante, Calf Creek
Local Maps

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Oct 2018