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."