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Great little trail... and nice, scenic drive to get there.

hiking
3 days ago

Easy hike with great scenery along the way. Dog and kid friendly. Nice to have a waterfall hike in Arizona

Very highly recommend this trail as an excursion from Page/Lake Powell or as a pitstop along US-89 between Page, Arizona, and Kanab, Utah. The Wahweap Hoodoos are some of the most beautiful, most otherworldly rock formations I’ve ever seen. I was inspired to check them out after visiting the nearby Toadstool Hoodoos last year and found myself wanting more, as they were cool, but a little underwhelming.

I stopped off at the BLM’s Big Water Visitor Center on the south side of US-89 to get a paper copy of the trail map. They have an iPad there with pictures that they can show you so you can get a feel for the trail and things to look out for before heading out.

It was fairly easy finding parking at the 2WD spot before the dirt road crosses Wahweap Creek—do NOT attempt in a sedan as there is mud and sand. From the 2WD parking lot to the fence was a ~15-20 minute walk. It’s no longer a “hanging” fence as it has been repaired and now there are multiple gates where you just have to lift up metal loops to release the gate and squeeze by. Just make sure to close the gate behind you as you are entering a Wilderness Study Area.

The hike is fairly easy to follow with minimal routefinding required; simply follow the footsteps and head upstream through Wahweap Creek. When I visited over Veterans Day weekend, there was little water flowing in the creek and small patches of mud here and there, but I can imagine during the summer monsoon this will be much heavier.

The hoodoos themselves are on a parcel of the cliffs on the south/western banks of the creek reached ~2 hours into the hike, so stick to that side of the creek. You really can’t miss them as one of the bright white hoodoos is visible halfway through the hike. Make sure to explore the initial hoodoos on the cliffside, the second grouping inside the alcove area, and then the third, most beautiful collection of hoodoos on the other side of the cliffs…just keep walking and you’ll find them.

I met maybe half a dozen other folks doing the hike that day. I started at 11am and was one of the last heading out to the hoodoos.

The hike to the hoodoos took me 2 hours, and I spent ~1 hour exploring them and having lunch I brought with me. The hike back to the car felt much much faster (perhaps it was slightly downhill?) but it was still 2 hours going back, for a total of 5 hours hiking time.

Bring lots of water (2-4 liters depending on the temperature) and a hat/sunscreen. In November I wore long underwear base layers beneath jeans that kept me comfortable, so plan accordingly.

Amazing views. Prepare to get your feet wet. I wouldn't attempt climbing out of hamblin arch unless there is a rope. Thankfully there was two.... but still with a rope, it wasn't easy. I couldn't fathom doing it without one.

What a watery wonderland!! :-D

this may sound weird but I need a tiny bit of sand from coyote gulch for a gift. would anyone be willing to ship some to me if I send a prepaid UPS label? this is the location I plan to be married at and the sand is part of a gift I want to make. I only need one grain for the gift so only a small amount is needed. I don't know where else to ask.

17 days ago

Most overrated slot canyon. Skip it and head to the spooky gulch

Nice lil trek. Super easy and the vastness of your view from horizon to horizon just really reminds you of how small we are on the planet. I liked the sound of only the wind in my ears.

hiking
27 days ago

I liked this trail. Even my mother hiked it with me. Great little loop and the blue hues of the mesa were fun to take pics of and edit the color later on my camera.

hiking
28 days ago

My pup and I love this trail. It's an easy hike with plenty of spots to stop and take a break by the stream. It took us about 2 hours to get to the waterfall and back to our car, but we stopped plenty of times so the pup could play in the water.

waterfall beautiful nice hike but beginning of trail not marked well. More cairns (cement caires like other trails) at start would make easier to do.

on Blue Mesa Trail

1 month ago

beaitiful colors in the rock. well worth it!!

Parked before the wash. Ten minute walk/.5 miles to the trailhead. Followed the trail which takes you along the right side of the wash. Hoodoos were on the left. Only saw 4 other people. Took a straight line home down the wash. Much shorter. Would recommend taking the path of least resistance! Great hike with beautiful views of the hoodoos. Our hike was 11 miles round-trip.

Great overnight backpack. Shorted the day by going cross country back to the trailhead

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great easy hike. We went in October, after A LOT of rain and the stream was running loudly. It was a truly sensory experience, the air was cool and crisp, it smelled so good and sweet, the stream was rushing noisily. The ground was soft from recent rains, so the ground was soft, but it really wasn't slippery muddy. It's a great trail for exploring because you can venture somewhat here and there away from the trail. There is a lovely memorial to the three year old who was killed along with many members of her family in 2017 when a storm hit, causing a flash flood that swept away several members of a family. When we finished the downstream trail, we turned around and walked upstream-both ways were pretty awesome.

Beautiful! We brought our kids on it and they did great. Our youngest was 2 and he had no problem at all.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this on 9/15 with my wife and almost 3 year old son and our large dog. Amazing family fun and easy to access even with a small child. Had him hold a hand at all times since the terrain is rocky and uneven. The stream was very calm when we went, but still plenty of opportunity to wade in the cool water. Not a long hike, but lots of up and down over the terrain so make sure to bring plenty of water if its hot. Great place to pack in lunch and just enjoy the moment. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area. The Tonto Forrest is a special place and we will certainly be back to this cool little trail.

1 month ago

2.6 miles to Canyon entrance, took little over an hour going in. Water was almost waist deep & cold. Canyon it got too narrow for me & I went back, one person in our group got through that spot to area of red strips.
We meet other hikers and followed them to back of Tunnel Canyon, lower water level and not as narrow, easy to get through, then followed river bed (mostly) back to car.

Decent hike, but very strenuous on the way back up. Looking down from the top of the falls was breathtaking. Also saw a few fish in the little swimming hole. Only rating it a 3/5 because most of the hike was fairly desolate. Was a great workout though!

Straight down for a mile, means straight up for a mile. Prepare for that. There is zero shade, so time of day should be considered. Trail is not marked well, so download this map before your trip. The falls are pretty. Go about another 100 feet past Upper Falls to the swimming hole with an awesome little waterfall.

after all the flooding it's pretty rough looking. slippery rocks and brown waters. busy and only small area to enjoy the 'water fall'

Went in early April with just ankle deep water in the creek. Temps were in the high 70's and pleasant. The walk was interesting and the hoodoos spectacular. Saw just a few people in the 10 miles we walked. Having the hoodoos to ourselves will make this walk a lifetime memory.

great spot. be careful of flooding

My kids favorite hiking / fishing spot!

hiking
2 months ago

Great family hike, took the 3 grandkids ages 4 to 8 and they all loved it

Great hike, a little raw but my kids loved it! The water at the end was cold but after the hike, you’re going in! Water was crystal clear and the go pro shots from jumping off the log were awesome! Wet rocks are slippery so watch out.

Awesome hike. Hard to tell if you are going the right way, but if you follow the river upstream then you will get to the end. I was disappointed that the water was brown the whole way through because I was wearing my swim shorts and hoping for a swim in a pool. I'd still recommend this hike though! It was beautiful and a lot of fun.

scenic driving
3 months ago

Great scenic drive along the park. Has great vista views and doesn't get crowded. Highly recommend the Blue Mesa Trail, Desert Inn for the vista as well as ice cream downstairs, and of course the Petrified Logs in the southern entrance. I didn't stop at all the locations, but these were the stops that I made and would recommend. A very underrated National Park in my opinion.

hiking
3 months ago

Great short hike. Some steepness in the beginning. Highly recommend considering how short the hike is and for the views.

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