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Easily drive this in a 2x Toyota Tundra with 31s no issue at all. Awesome views awesome crag near the top too

I started at Elephant hill and stayed overnight at Devils Pocket. This was my favorite campsite ever. So secluded and peaceful. If you’re looking to feel remote and alone, this is the spot. You have a beautiful scene all to yourself. I sat on a rock right in front of camp and watched the sunset. This was the quietest and most peaceful place. I highly recommend staying here and if you can, leave and head towards Chester park and the joint trail. I stayed at CP4 the next night and it was also amazing.

No established trail, no mark on any way. Can’t find all the interesting places they mention about. But I do have fun.

So, there's no established 'trail.' At the parking area, pass through the gate and head toward the right into the south wash. I'd recommend just doing the south wash as an out & back, exploring the hills to the right along the way. Although you can bank around counterclockwise and come back out the wash to the north, that wash and the hills around it are pretty featureless and boring. South wash is great for an afternoon exploring hoodoos hills eggs and interesting landscapes though. I took about 100 photos.

We hiked the entire entire trail to all three bridges. We were the only two hikers out there the entire day. It was an amazing experience for us. Challenging trail, lots of ups and downs, quite a bit of elevation change and you will need to do this hike on a cool day and bring lots of water and snacks, a good sandwich. Be prepared for it to take longer than you expect. Great views the entire time, especially when you go up on the canyon. We had a little bit of trouble seeing/finding the cairns on the trail and therefore, we got lost towards the end of the hike and that extended our hike to a total of 11 miles. We passed by a beautiful native american ruin down in the canyon.

This was the Sipapu to Kachina trail. A lot of reviews here seem to include the extended trail to the third bridge.

Did this Memorial Day weekend 2017 and had a good time. We parked at the Kachina bridge, hiked the top to the Kachina Bridge and worked our way down, and through the canyon. We made the mistake of not hitting the trail until about 11:00 am. It was already getting very hot in May in the canyon bottom. There was no water when we hiked, so plan on bringing a lot of water (3-4 liters). The trail in the canyon is essentially the wash, and the sand really zaps energy from your stride. It's a beautiful hike though, and if you're prepared, you should have a good time!

We did the entire loop under all three bridges. Great bridges - definitely recommend it but we don’t need to do it again. Took us 10.5 mi in under 5 hrs. Maybe about a mile of that was doubling back, trying to find the trail between Owachomo and Kachina bridges. Frustrating.

We parked at Sipapu and headed clockwise on the trail beginning with the Mesa - in case the winds picked up in the afternoon (they didn’t) - and so we wouldn’t have a 2.5 mile slog back to the car after climbing out of the canyon - and because we wanted to climb out of the canyon at Sipapu and descend into the canyon at Owachomo. There’s much more elevation difference at Sipapu than Owachomo and we’d prefer to climb than pound our quads on a long descent.

We lost our way a number of times between Owachomo and Kachina bridges. As others have noted, the trail is poorly marked - but we knew going in that the trail was unmaintained. Perhaps the trail is easier to read counterclockwise.

At one point around 3+ miles, we followed footprints and stayed too high on the east (right) side of the canyon. After a couple tenths of a mile, the “trail” would have required a little too much downhill scrambling for us to believe it really was the trail. And we hadn’t seen a cairn in awhile so we retraced our steps to find one, and figured that the trail had headed down to the streambed at that point. We were glad we backtracked to find the cairn.

Also, someone had stacked two beautiful cairns in the middle of the streambed at some point in there, leading us to believe the trail went there! Turns out the trail was elsewhere but since we weren’t confident about it, we left the cairns as we found them.

Part of our trouble may also be that a ranger warned us not to miss a left turn at the Knick-point pour-off (but she didn’t know what the pouroff was - FYI, it’s.a waterfall (when water is present) and is obvious when we passed it and looked back at it from the north side.). So we spent a lot of time not wanting to miss the turn, but when you’re going counterclockwise, that part of the trail turns out to be easy to find. Stay on the east side of the canyon and you’ll see the parking lot overlook rail high above you to the right. Way beneath the rail is a sign where the Kachina trail from the parking lot meets the loop trail in the canyon. Follow the sign

this is one of the most interesting hikes i have been on...not to mention the beauty

excellent interesting trail with a rewarding overlook

Very interesting easy hike. Not well marked. Some interesting hoodoos and painted mounds. Do not go after rains. Even 1 week after rains the path still had muddy areas that act like quicksand. Many wild animal prints from badgers to cats to deer. Didn’t see any but be aware they’re around. Not heavily visited. Poor signal in area. Bring water.

Amazing hike to Lake Katherine camped at elv. 11,776 ft.: seven other brave enthusiast braved the heavy rain/snow and lodged in the mystic beauty on slopes of Santa Fe Baldy...

6 months ago

Incredible lake. Hiked first to Santa Fe Baldy and then on to Lake Katherine with my husband and dog yesterday. 16.6 total miles roundtrip in 8.5 hours. Lake Katherine is much larger than nearby Nambe and Spirit Lakes. The water is so clear! Only one other group there while were there. Trail is fairly easy to follow. No place to camp nearby (and don't camp within 200 feet of the lake!), but lots of nice rocks to eat lunch. Plenty of parking at the Ski Basin parking lot across the road from the trailhead. For those with dogs, there were several stream crossings that were running well for our dog to drink from. Highly recommend!

Beautiful high mountain lake. Tae a mask, as the National Forest signs do not identify destinations (lie Baldy or Lake Katherine. The signs only list the trail numbers. My Apple Watch showed a total distance of 15.25 miles, although I took a couple short detours. The first 0.75 miles is reasonably steep, then it levels out for about 4 miles. You hike up to the saddle below Baldy, go over the saddle and down several switchbacks to the final stretch into Lake Katherine. Watch for the rock piles, as the trail sometimes becomes indistinct. The lake is beautiful and in a gorgeous setting. I did this as a day hike in approximately eight hours.

Tough, but awesome trail. Can't wait to go again!

off road driving
6 months ago

Took this one top to bottom to get some evening fresh air. The road seems repaired - but I'm in a TJ with a lift and 32's so maybe I didn't notice the issue. But there was a tractor at the bottom of the road so likely it's been fixed up. Beautiful nighttime drive!

off road driving
8 months ago

We attempted bottom to top on Long Canyon Road on 18 June 2017 in our rental 4WD (not very high clearance). We made it just past the rock overhang below Pucker Pass, but the road had been washed out quite a bit under the rock and into the pass and had to turn around. There was about a 1.5' to 2' drop-off in Pucker Pass going up the washed out section. Verify that the road has been fixed before trying. Video of our trip is here:

My wife and I just backpacked for a couple day at lake Katherine for the first time. We really enjoyed ourselves but this was also the hardest trail we have ever backpacked. Make sure you give yourself lots of extra time, it took us about 7-8 hours. My wife also took a small fall on the loose rocks. That being said the views were amazing and we will definitely be back!!!

Decent hike in, nothing too crazy. Went during the week and only a couple other people camping there. Heard it can get busy on the weekends! Loads of marmots though!

excellent hike, great scenery although quite strenuous...take mosquito repellent...

Went there 3/13-15 and didn't need any snow shoes or traction aides. There was only one part of the skyline trail right after the fork to go up to Baldy which required some minor route finding to navigate around the snow. Within the next week or so that section should melt out.

Tried to make it to the lake last weekend​, but was not able to due to the snow. I honestly wasn't expecting that much snow this late into the year. The hike was still awesome with lots of streams for water and there is plenty of meadows to set up camp at a lower elevation, but don't expect to make it to Lake Katherine without snow shoes this time of year.

I did the 8.6 mile full loop trail of all 3 bridges. My GPS confirmed 8.6 miles but Park ranger told me it was 10.6 miles- perhaps to scare me. Gorgeous hike through the canyon. I wore shorts but got scratched up a bit - long pants for me next time. Trail was a bit spotty in the canyon so pAy attention to cairns.

10 months ago

Do not take this trail early in the year. I recently attempted the hike into the lake, and there was far too much snow. The trail seems really nice and fairly easy, but it's near impassable in the snow. I'd recommend waiting until June or later.

off road driving
10 months ago

On April 30, 2017, going up was as torn up as I've ever seen it from the hanging rock tunnel up thru pucker pass. Only high clearance 4x4 and possibly locker at this time. Very deep rutting and rocks for an off camber ride. Bad weather and EJS has taken a toll on this usually tame road.

Great hike. We took out 3 girls here last summer and it was awesome. We actually hiked all the way to Owachoa Bridge which was a few miles longer. Only complaint was it is not tagged at all. Very hard to navigate. The trail crisis-crosses across the stream. If I was not an avid hiker I could see how someone may be upset with the lack of directional help. Views are beautiful.

Great drive, leads to several hikes.

no distinct trail, more difficult to follow, compass helpful, no phone service. BEAUTIFIL landscape

off road driving
11 months ago

A great warm up trail for EJS. A 4 on the Moab scale. Stock JKs can make it fine. Only once did I use a locker and that was just to get over a waterfall. Enjoy!!!

Is anything camping ??

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

We backpacked in and reserved the "Devil's Pocket" campground in "Devil's Kitchen". I can honestly say that this was one of my favorite backpacking trips I have ever made. The trail is listed as "Moderate", but if you're backpacking it can be kinda strenuous. If we didn't have backpacks I'm sure it would have been a lot more chill.

There is so much variety on this loop, it never gets boring. Every variety that Canyonlands has available comes through in the Devil's Pocket Loop.

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