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Christine M reviewed Crosby Canyon
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OHV/Off-road driving

this was the drive into croasby canyon from the main Rd to the sign, about 7.5 miles. plan for at least 45 minutes because you'll want to stop and take lots of photos. we took a jeep and had a blast.

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Lauren Deroche reviewed Rainbow Bridge (From Boat Docks)
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HikingGreat!

We went 4/6 and had the place to ourselves! The water level is low everywhere. When we began the hike it was at first tricky to cross over the dried out creek area, but once we noticed the common tracked area we made it across safely. It was gorgeous and stunning. Worth the boat ride for sure. We took a Paton boat from antelope point marina. We used a little more than 1/2 tank of gas. The marina workers had different opinions about whether or not we could make it on one tank of gas. Since the gas station on lake Powell is closed. We made it! My husband is also a very experienced boat driver.

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Water level seems to be changing which changes the route leaving the dock. Approach the bridge along the west side of the wash initially. Watch for cairn guides where to cross to the east side. There is a well graded path that rises 25' above the stream bed for the best view.

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Stephanie Kao reviewed Rainbow Bridge (From Boat Docks)
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HikingFloodedMuddyOff trailWashed out

we got here by boat and there was no trail. it seems there was a landslide or rocks that fell and covered it. we ended up walking along the right side of the riverbed, but it was super muddy. we ended up needing to cross the river and our feet sunk ankles deep. I even fell and dropped my dslr into the mud. so I'm pretty f*** salty. the mud sucked my shoes and socks in. I was able to save my shoe, but my sock is probably still there. it got less muddy the more we walked, but we had to walk on rocks majority of the way. it was kind of like a knock off narrows hike. anyways it was quite a sweet view once we got to the actual rainbow bridge... but I think we ended up in the ravine instead of the intended view point.

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Aya Tsuruta reviewed Reflection Canyon
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BackpackingGreat!No shade

End of March 2021 - perfect temperature (70° | 40°) beautiful views. • 1 night (7 hrs moving total moving time) • I consumed 4L of water, my partner had 6L • I made it fine in Tevas but am used to hiking in them • For the most part easily navigable and folks have left some cairns, but would recommend downloading a map on AllTrails or Avenza for slick rock area towards the second half as it’s pretty easy to get off trail • The trailhead (not labeled) is right off of Hole in the Rock Road which makes it easier to access than some of the other trails around the area. We took a RAV4 but sedans seemed to be doing just fine out there too. • Note that there is pretty much no coverage so you’ll want to choose when you decide to do this one wisely. Presumably heat would have made it a lot worse, but without it this trail was pretty easy going for experienced hikers

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jingjie Shen reviewed Reflection Canyon
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HikingGreat!

With all trail offline map everything become easy. Follow the dot line, that’s the most efficient way to go.

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Ben D reviewed Reflection Canyon
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CampingSnow

It rained on Hole in the Rock road 3/26 but we still saw a tesla and a toyota carolla at the trailhead if you’re curious how far some people push their luck. By later in the day 3/27, the road was in much better shape having dried out a bit. They have had a later winter this year, obviously this review will only be current for a few days. I recommend taking plenty of water, it is technically possible to get down to the river about a mile and a half away from RC, but it is not all that obvious and i highly recommend not counting on finding water out there. The moon and stars and sunrise were incredible off the water, such a special place. The night we were there we shared it with 3 other tents. Gps is important unless you like extra credit mileage :)

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David Wescott reviewed Reflection Canyon
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BackpackingGreat!MuddyNo shadeOff trailRocky

General - Amazing! Highly recommended. Really out in the middle of nowhere. The canyon views are definitely something to see. It was a full moon when I went and the moonlit canyons were awesome! - About 3 - 5 hours of hiking each way (so 6 - 10 hours out and back). Of course this will depend on your ability and conditions. - I carried 8 liters of water for 2 days and that was more than enough. I probably used 2 liters hiking in, 2 - 3 liters at camp (drinking and re-hydrating meals). Another 2 liters hiking out. - With the amount of water you have to carry, be sure to have an appropriate backpack and shoes to handle the weight. 2lbs per liter adds up quickly. - Very little shade anywhere. Be sure to cover up or religiously apply sunscreen. It gets very hot even if the ambient temps don't reflect it. It was 60s (F) when I hiked out and it felt much hotter. This is the desert. - Temps were in the high 30s to low 40s (F) at night and mid to high 60s during the day. Very pleasant. - When I was there, there was some wind when up high (peaks of rocks), but just a little lower down and the wind ranged from none at all to breezy. - You are very exposed the whole time; even at camp. - Was able to pick up a weather station (channel 1) while at camp. Driving Hole in the Rock Road - In nice weather, Hole in the Rock Road can be driven by a 2WD sedan all the way to the trailhead. Even in rain/snow back on March 26th I was able to get to the trailhead in a 2WD sedan. - Washboard (like mini frost heaves close together) almost the entire time. - In wet conditions, the red clay is extremely slippery and builds up on your tires and wheel wells. There are some steep climbs and this might prevent your car from getting to the top. - Last 10 miles to the trailhead becomes quite rocky. Again nothing that a 2WD sedan can't drive around or get over, but it's pretty slow going. - If you are looking at the Nat Geo map (#710 - Canyons of the Escalante), the trailhead is right where the road changes to dashed lines from solid lines. - The parking spot is just after the road turns to rock. - Was able to occasionally get a cell signal while driving. At the parking spot, there was a weak 3G signal. The first 2/3 of the Trail - The first 2/3rd of the trail is pretty flat. It follows along the base of the cliffs (to your right). There is a decently established path to follow; though maps/GPS are nice to double check. - Lots of sections with that red clay. If it's wet, it is quite slippery and cakes up on your shoes. Hiking poles helped a lot for stability. The last 1/3 of the Trail - The last 1/3 of the trail is traversing over big rocks. There is no more path to follow. It's more difficult than the first 2/3, but I would not consider this a hard trail. There is more elevation change in this section. - Basically you drop down to the rocks (they are on your left) and keep descending until you reach the water (canyon and river). - This section is extremely difficult to stay on track. There are cairns to help, but it's very easy to get turned around and become lost. This is the section where you should use maps/GPS to get to Reflection Canyon. Reflection Canyon / Colorado River - Absolutely gorgeous! Views are breathtaking and only the occasional airplane/jet disrupted the almost eerie silence. - There are very few places to camp at Reflection Canyon, but there are several places to camp in the area with spectacular views. - There are very few places where you can stake your tent in the ground. You'll need to use rocks/sand bags/etc to "stake" your tent. Freestanding tent is highly recommended. - Family of goats (9 of them) joined me when I was there. Saw a few birds. Saw several little lizards. Almost zero bugs. Just a few flies once in a great while. - There is tons of water, but you can't get to it because it's a sheer cliff between you and the water which makes the water inaccessible. Maybe there's a path to the river, but I didn't see one. If it has been raining, there are many pools (large and small) to filter water. Not guaranteed though. Electric Car - I was able to get to this trailhead with an electric car by staying at a hotel (Canyon Country Lodge) in Escalante, UT and charging overnight. It's about 62 miles from Escalante to the trailhead. On my way out, I ended up traveling back to Escalante to charge up before getting back on I-70.

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Emalee Poellot reviewed Reflection Canyon
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Ellen Dohen reviewed Reflection Canyon
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CampingNo shadeOff trail

This hike was awesome!! 1. 4x4/AWD recommended, but we did see a sedan at the trailhead! Possible, but not advised. 2. You NEED navigation help. Going with nothing is not possible, but at the bare minimum, downloaded all trails will be enough. 3. Follow the dotted line to the left (in) and the right (out), shortest and easiest route with the least ascent and descent. 4. Idk why all trails has left the recorded hike up, but it is not accurate, in the slightest. And it’s the hardest route. I do not recommend following what this person did. Awful navigation choices. Terrible. 5. Worth it. Stunning. Exhausting. Frustrating. Amazing. 10/10 would recommend. 6. Eight liters was exactly enough for one person and one dog

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Han Nguyen reviewed Reflection Canyon
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Finished 1 night backpacking with my 2 girlfriends on 3/19-20. We’re 30s, 40s, and 50s yrs old experienced backpackers and still had a hard time to find the trail. The Hole in The Rock road is a painful 50 mile drive 5-30 mph. It took us more than 3 hrs to get to the trailhead with my Subaru Outback. The first 7 mile hike is boring through desert like terrain with many up and down hills. The last 2 miles is tricky going through rocky surfaces with very little trail marks or paths. There’re some areas we had to scramble up and down big rocks that I was terrified of falling down. This hike is not for a person scared of heights. We’re lucky to have very nice and calm weather the first day then the wind started to pick up at 6am the next day. It’s so violent wind gust that can push you off the cliffs and we had a hard time to pack up our tent. We got out of there after admiring the best view at sunrise and took us 4.5 hrs to get back to our car. If you planned to go, you need to download alltrail map and plan ahead. We brought 6-7 litter each for 2 days and it’s just enough. I’m glad I checked of my bucket list hike.

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Shashank Saket reviewed Reflection Canyon
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Hiking

Day hiked this today. Worthy views. Perfect weather conditions to do the hike with just 2.5L water. 4WD good to have but not necessary.

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Matt DiGregorio reviewed Crosby Canyon
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CampingGreat!No shade

This trail is all driveable! I camped here a few nights and it was beautiful. Low wind, coyotes howling in the night, fun little trail leading to lake powell. This place is a blast.

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Kyle Rampone reviewed Reflection Canyon
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BackpackingNo shade

Completed on 3/13/21 as an overnight trip. It’s quite a long drive down Hole in the Rock and the last 10 or so miles are the worst. I had coffee and a breakfast sandwich and a chocolate croissant from a tiny shop in Escalante so I wasn’t bothered. Once you start hiking, the trail is there and pretty easy to follow with a few side trails that eventually meet up again. Once you get to the rocks, the last couple of miles, it’s time to use the offline map to navigate to Reflection Canyon. I went when the big mountain was covered in snow which was a welcome sight, but otherwise the views along the way are really not that exciting. There are a few spots at the endpoint that are flat where you can set up camp, but it’s windy and you’ll need to weigh your tent down with your pack and rocks. If I did it again, I’d do it as a day to avoid this. My tent nearly blew over the cliff and I hardly slept because the wind was ridiculous. View of a lifetime though! IG - @kylerampone

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John Wozencraft reviewed Crosby Canyon
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Hiking

Got to Sandy for Honda. Water level way down compared to map.

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Tim gilmore reviewed Reflection Canyon
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BackpackingNo shade

beautiful. downloaded map is a must. there are many paths to get there and the last couple miles on the rock are marked by cairns for the most part. I brought an umbrella which was amazing at keeping me cool while hiking and at camp as well. 6 liters for 2 people wasn't enough I got lucky and found water off trail, it looked gross but took it for insurance and eventually drank it. this was a great overnight trip.

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Tim gilmore reviewed Reflection Canyon
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