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."
--Ron Adkison, Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Julie K. Trevelyan , 100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
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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