Lick Wash

White Falls, Utah

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Lick Wash is one of many largely unknown, uncelebrated canyons carved into the remote White Cliffs of the Grand Staircase in southern Utah. What Lick Wash lacks in renown is compensated for by its incomparable beauty. Indeed, it is perhaps the most scenic, and seldom-visited, canyon covered in this book. Exciting narrow passages in the upper reaches of the canyon give way to a wider canyon below, embraced by the bold White Cliffs of Navajo sandstone, rising 600 to 800 feet to the mesa rims above and studded with tall pines. The wash is dry, and travel down its sandy and gravelly bed is easy, passable to any hiker. Begin the hike from the end of the spur road by walking down the rock-strewn wash. Bluffs of Navajo sandstone, studded with ponderosa pines, rise ahead, and the wash seems to disappear between them. Soon you enter the sandstone-enveloped gorge, which quickly slots up, and you make your way ahead through the narrow slickrock corridor. Within minutes you reach a short fence that spans the gap between the canyon walls. Climb over or crawl through the fence, passing the only obstacle in the canyon.

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"Lick Wash is one of many largely unknown, uncelebrated canyons carved into the remote White Cliffs of the Grand Staircase in southern Utah. What Lick Wash lacks in renown is compensated for by its incomparable beauty. Indeed, it is perhaps the most scenic, and seldom-visited, canyon covered in this book. Exciting narrow passages in the upper reaches of the canyon give way to a wider canyon below, embraced by the bold White Cliffs of Navajo sandstone, rising 600 to 800 feet to the mesa rims above and studded with tall pines. The wash is dry, and travel down its sandy and gravelly bed is easy, passable to any hiker.

Begin the hike from the end of the spur road by walking down the rock-strewn wash. Bluffs of Navajo sandstone, studded with ponderosa pines, rise ahead, and the wash seems to disappear between them. Soon you enter the sandstone-enveloped gorge, which quickly slots up, and you make your way ahead through the narrow slickrock corridor. Within minutes you reach a short fence that spans the gap between the canyon walls. Climb over or crawl through the fence, passing the only obstacle in the canyon."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: White Falls
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 4
Season: Spring and Fall
Local Contacts: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Local Maps: USGS Deer Spring Point
Driving Directions: Directions to Lick Wash

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May 2018