North Wash to Stair Canyon

Hite, Utah 84533

North Wash to Stair Canyon

North Wash to Stair Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Of the trio of major North Wash tributaries (including Marinus and Butler Canyons), Stair Canyon may be the most interesting to explore. This fine day hike surveys the lower 3.5 miles of this long canyon, and hikers have the option of scrambling out of the gorge for a memorable vista of the Henry Mountains or following the canyon into a shadowed cathedral-like amphitheater.

This hike is more demanding than hikes in other North Wash tributaries, with occasional long sandy stretches in the wash and minor scrambling over and around boulders. There is no trail; hikers follow a route along the avenue of the canyon’s wash. Begin the hike at the road’s end at Three Forks, where Butler, Stair, and North Washes converge. Drop into Butler Canyon’s wash a short distance east of the trailhead and follow the sandy corridor right toward the mouth of Stair Canyon. Avoid the tangle of willow and common reed at Stair Canyon’s mouth by entering the canyon on the left, via a bench beneath the north canyon wall."

North Wash to Stair Canyon Trip Reports

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A very pretty canyon with contrasting green, red and white colors. A little extra adventure is thrown in by bushwacking your way into the canyon. The climb up and out of the canyon to the rim at the end of the trail is worth the effort; very impressive dome rock vistas. The canyon floor is very soft and sandy and made the hike difficult and feel twice as long as it is. And no real narrows in this canyon.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
4 to 4.5 hours
Mid-Mar through mid-May; mid-Sept through mid-Nov
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