Paria-Hackberry and The Cockscomb WSAs Trails

Kanab, Utah 84741

Paria-Hackberry and The Cockscomb WSAs Trails

Paria-Hackberry and The Cockscomb WSAs Trails Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"These two wilderness study areas occupy a large expanse of terrain that is less often visited than most other sections of the Grand Staircase– Escalante National Monument (GSENM). Both The Cockscomb and Paria-Hackberry are southwest of the Kaiparowits Plateau, in the Grand Staircase. The “staircase” ascends from the Vermilion Cliffs to the White Cliffs to the Pink Cliffs. Nearby Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness receives such heavy use that reservations are necessary, but few people seem to cross to the north side of the highway to explore.

The Cockscomb actually looks like two cockscombs running parallel to each other for about 100 miles. Triangular piles and fins of rock stick up sharply like filed teeth with surprisingly uniform spaces between them. The giant fold in the earth’s crust that forms The Cockscomb is part of the East Kaibab Monocline that runs from the Arizona border to Canaan Peak near Henrieville. The north-south flexure separates the Kaiparowits Plateau to the east from the Grand Staircase to the west. This trail guide includes descriptions of Grosvenor Arch and Cottonwood Narrows, Bull Valley Gorge, and Lower hackberry canyon and am Pollack Arch."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Best Spring through Fall
4,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,271 feet
Top Elevation
Bureau of Land Management, Kanab Resource Area
Local Contacts
USGS Panguitch, Escalante, Smokey Mountain, Bull Valley Gorge, Slickrock Bench, Butler Valley, Horse Flat, Calico Peak, and others
Local Maps

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Dec 2018