Lake Powell and so much more! Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history.
Damien H. on Spencer Trail
Pretty sure this is 3.7 miles there and back and maybe a little longer. The elevation gain is also just shy of 1700'. Its a steep 2 mile hike straight up an old mule path. It is a fun rewarding hike with some stunning views. It's a little hairy in some sections coming down so take your time. When I went the last 50-75 feet to the top was covered in sand. Leave good and early and so you have time up top to explore and relax. I would not hike this in the middle of summer. I hiked this in April 2016.
Amazing! Make sure you get to the top and check out the other side. Don't short change yourself, push to the top. I went at 6:45am and the sun was just breaching the top as i got there. Spent an hour eating lunch and still had shade about half of the way down.
I loved this trail because it was challenging. But I would definitely do it again. This was my second time attempt, the 1st attempt I started later in the day & made it 3/4 to the top but I turned around, lost sunlight. The second attempt, I started a couple hours earlier & made it to the top.
I would recommend hiking shoes with good traction, trail is treacherous be very cautious. Bring lots of water, snack for energy & a headlamp just in case it gets dark. Not a trail I would hike little kids with, also not highly recommended for dogs.
I would highly recommend this trail if your seeking a challenge. I will definitely hike it again next month.
Tough but doable trail. Had prepped myself hiking this trail by doing the Mesquite Trail at the White Tank Mountains (glad I did though Spencer trail grade is much steeper). I am not a fast hiker, so a nice slow steady pace got me to the top.
Trail doesn't become apparent until your actually hiking on it, otherwise from the base it looks like a bunch of rocks. Good hiking boots and hiking stick were wonders for me. Carried lots of water & snacks in backpack.
If you're going to attempt this hike during the summer I would highly recommend that you begin VERY early in the morning. Do NOT attempt to do this hike in the evening during the summer months as the heat from the rocks basking in the sun all day will overheat, if not kill, you. We hiked early in the morning and got back down before it got too hot.
Views are totally awesome and would highly recommend the hike, just be smart in your attempt.
Wear sturdy boots! The trail is rough and should not be approached casually. Some spots are hard to determine where the trail continues so look out for stacked rock trail markers. It can be steep, but stick with it. The views along the way and at the top are spectacular! Do yourself a BIG favor and bring along a camera. These are sights you will want to take home with you.
Awesome views of the Colorado River, Lees Ferry, and Vermilion Cliffs. I think anyone can do this as long as they take their time. Very steep trail but not too long. Even if you can't make it to the top, go as far as you can and the further you go the better views you will have.