This remote and unspoiled, 280,000-acre Monument is a geologic treasure, containing a variety of diverse landscapes from the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon. Elevations range from 3,100 to 7,100 feet.
Our first nonguided trail happens here in July. Get a lot of water and cover with extra skin. Finding the route is not an issue neither the hike itself, but be prepared for the heat if you are visiting around the same time.
Bring a GPS can be helpful, but you can find the route with guiding photos handy.
The wave is not in Kanab the BLM office for the lotto permit is if you don't apply online. Absolutely stunning! Bring plenty of water. Even in March I went through nearly 2 liters. Also, hiking in sand is hard. I'm used to mountain trails and I think maybe I'd take one with an incline over sand anyday lol but seriously it is completly worth it. Make it a 2 day trip and hit wire pass to buckskin gulch. It's also amazing
Codie H. on The Wave Trail
Hiked this from the Buckskin Trail Head to where the Wire Pass Trail joins. Exited at Wire Pass Trail head. The first part of the hike follow the river with frequent crossings so hiking sandals are a plus. After a while you start hiking in the river. Then the canyon narrows and become a slot canyon for many miles with only a couple of entrance/exits. Wire Pass is the first exit which is the one we took. Ankle deep water was so cold in February that I wished that I hadn't forgotten my neoprene booties. Want able to hitch a ride back to the car at Buckskin Gulch from some kind photographers.
Amazing hike . Scenery is amazing, even more so on a rainy day, when all colours come even more alive. Will have to do it again though - hiked it on Nov.4, 2015, took hundreds of pictures, but lost my camera memory card on the plane on way home. If anyone hiked the trail that day and would be so kind to share pictures with me, I would be so grateful.
Kristin V. on The Wave Trail
Amazing! Definitely explore behind the wave and go further into the canyon if you are comfortable with navigation. There are arches and windows on the other side of the wave that are beautiful. Get your permit in advance.
Be careful! We hiked the trail from the Wire Pass trailhead to just short of the Paria River confluence where we hiked out cross-country back to the trailhead via the edge of the Wave where we hit the return trail. The round-trip route was 22 miles per Google Earth and it took us 11 hours. The mud and water in the Gulch was chest deep in many places - we hiked it in late July just after some recent rains and there were no people in sight anywhere except at the trailhead. There are very few places to get out of the Gulch safely and long stretches where there is no escape from a flash flood, so be sure you check the weather before going in. The Gulch is amazing and beautiful and a must do for anyone who thinks they have done it all. The hike cross-country on the return is mostly sage-covered sand with some slick rock - not easy.