North Wash to Marinus Canyon

Hanksville, Utah 84734

North Wash to Marinus Canyon

North Wash to Marinus Canyon Professional Guide

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"Marinus Canyon is a classic, dry desert gorge, embraced by fluted 600-foot walls of Wingate sandstone. The low elevations of the canyon make it a fine choice for an early spring or late autumn outing, when higher canyons, such as those on Cedar Mesa, are too snowy or cold. There are no trails here; you simply follow the dry wash up-canyon.

Although the route is generally easy to follow, the wash is sandy and for much of the way you’ll be rock-hopping and weaving among boulders. At the end of the canyon’s right fork is a shady overhang supporting hanging gardens, offering a fine destination for a half- day hike."

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"South of Hanksville and west of the Dirty Devil River, between the sandy mesas of Trachyte and Cedar Points, UT 95 follows the course of North Wash en route to Lake Powell and Hite. UT 95 is one of the premier scenic drives in the Colorado Plateau region. It passes through nine distinctive layers of progressively older sedimentary formations, featuring colorful clay beds and massive sandstone formations carved into sheer and fluted cliffs, where great amphitheaters have been scooped out of the canyon walls. Three major tributary canyons— Marinus, Butler, and Stair—join North Wash alongside UT 95. All of them offer grand scenery comparable to North Wash, yet few hikers bother to explore these cliff-bound gorges."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Mid- Mar through mid- May; mid- Sept through mid- Nov
Additional Use
USGS Hite North
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