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18 days ago

Great trail a little scrambling at the end but worth it. Some great scenery views from the arch.

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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Full day hiking over varied terrain, over red rocks, down washes, and climbing up some ladders and rock scrambling near the end of the hike.

The arch wasn't nearly as impressive as the hike leading up to it.

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

Backpacked in in the evening and camped a few miles up the trail. Then finished the hike in the morning. It’s a beautiful trail! I would love to do it again.

hiking
3 months ago

This entire trail is not shaded which in August, made it a very hot hike. Trail is not well defined. Follow the cairns and you should be okay.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a lovely hike. My four star review is due to the monotonous terrain prior to getting to the arch. It’s a ton of sand, and it’s likely you’ll be emptying out your shoes quite a bit. It’s pretty flat, but long. If you’re looking for a more strenuous hike with changing views, you may want to look for another trail.
The arch is definitely worth it at the end.

I've done this twice now and recommend starting from crack-in-the-rock and hiking thru to hurricane wash trailhead. This way there is no uphill elevation change. Take two cars and park one at each trailhead. You wouldn't miss much by coming out at Jacob Hamblin arch.

backpacking
6 months ago

21 mile loop through the slot canyon that is Little Death Hollow (10m), then to Escalante River (2.5m) for a refreshing overnighter splash for day 1. After lounging in the river and swimming, we headed back up through Wolverine Canyon (9m). If you have only one car, add 2.5 miles to walk the dirt road from Wolverine trailhead to the Little Death hollow trailhead.

We (my daughters: 9, 12, 17) cut our trip by one night because the springs on the map were all dried up! So we had to get to the cars before we ran out. So this trip ended up being a one nighter and we did more miles than expected due to the search for water.

Little Death Hollow is absolutely fun! The slot Canyon (3 feet wide width apart on either side) goes on for several miles. I was worried that we’d only see that kind of terrain for several hundred feet, but it runs a couple of miles. Absolutely worth the trip alone.

After that we headed down to the river since that was the source of water. I’m glad we did since it was the “only” water source. And an absolutely rejuvenating river, since it’s not a trickle, but enough to wade in and swim the deeper pools. It’s was clearer than I thought it’d be, enough to spot fish darting from cover to cover. Wear pants for that part, the deer flies will bite you all the way down. I was wearing pants, it’s no bother. I happen to have the zip on and was grateful. The other adult in my party only had shorts, and he was slapping as swatting every 3-5 steps. It sure helped us pick up the pace!

The trip back up the Wolverine Canyon is breathtaking too. You trade the soft curves of slot style canyons for Swiss cheese pock marks along the Canyon walls. While not qualifying as a slot, the pass weaves in and out of 5 foot to 30 feet widths. So you still get the maze feel of the slots.

My contours map showed two springs up above the canyon. While there’s trails there, the energy spent on climbing elevation was rewarded with old, abandoned, dried up, horse watering springs. So no water to show for the hard work. Perhaps it was the wrong time of year.

The actual hiking is moderate, probably due to the minimal elevations change and mostly gradually down hill, but the single water source and distances to get back to your car makes it a ‘hard’ rating, and why I give it a 4 star rating. My daughters seriously loved it!

I don’t see how people can go into Little Death hollow and back, as I think it’d prove difficult to climb over some of the obstacles, like a boulder in the slot or a mud puddle blocked by debris. Going down is fine, just not up. Some go above the slot, but then to me, what’s the point! if you’re not in the slot.

It’s amazing, but note that it’s more like 16 Miles. The path isn’t marked well, and you have to find rock markers along some parts that aren’t always obvious. Start at the crack in the wall area if you can, because walking up a steep mountain of sand after a day of hiking is rough. It’s even more rough when you don’t have service or a downloaded trail map to tell you how much further you have to go or if you’re on the right path. Take a paper map - you’ll thank me. It’s a pack your waste in, and pack your waste out trail. I avoided going to bathroom all day with light well planned food and minimal water intake ( only enough to stay moderately hydrated ). If you don’t think you can go that long, you must get waste bags at visitor center or bring your own. The trail runs along and through the water so water hiking shoes would be a plus. If you’re scared of heights, getting to the arch may be difficult due to the steep slick rock path down by the arch to get out ( or in if you start at water tanks ) the rocks do have ropes as a courtesy to help you safely enter and exit.

To date, it's the most memorable backpacking trip my kids and I have done. Starting out going down the crack in the rock with our rope. Then the gradual hike along the river bottom. Awesome views, and not too difficult. The only sketchy part is going up out of the canyon, you gotta have some grit. There was another family that had to go around.

My boyfriend and I did this hike over 2 days from Hurricane Wash. We started out about midday which made the first 2-3 miles pretty tough with the sun and heat. The change in terrain on this hike made it a very unique experience. It begins with typical dry, rocky terrain but as you descend into the gulch there are some parts of the trail that make you wonder if you’re still in southern Utah! There are several stream crossings that continue to get deeper the further you go in the trail. I had waterproof hiking shoes and was just fine up until the last quarter mile when I just waded through the stream barefoot. Plenty of areas to set up camp along the way. Beautiful canyon off trail to the left about 9 miles in with a cave and pond at the bottom of the rock walls that had “zebra stripe” coloration. The weather was significantly warmer than we were expecting once we were in Coyote Gulch. The hike down to Escalante River was a great chance for a quick rinse! If I do this hike again, I would definitely do it in 3 days instead of 2. This was my first overnight hike so I found it very challenging but well worth it!

hiking
6 months ago

Wonderful day hike. Make sure you take enough water. The last 0.25 miles is a steep scramble, but well worth it.

Absolutely stunning. Great variety from sand to slick rock, to scrambling out of the gulch, wading upriver, and views and views. This is a premiere distination hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Stunning Rod Rocks, arches, small falls, all breathtaking

Beautiful hike. No issues driving up to the coyote gulch in a small suv without 4WD. Someone had fixed a rope at the exit by jacob hamlin arch. I watched people climb up without rope. I used it and made it out just fine.

backpacking
8 months ago

Such a beautiful hike with lots of great camping spots throughout! Water shoes are a must since you’re crossing over the river every few minutes to stay with the trail. A few tricky climbs along the way, but definitely doable if you’re confident scrambling.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing day hike with a stunning view at the end.

backpacking
8 months ago

This is an absolute must hike for Southern Utah. Every moment of it was enjoyable, the foot traffic was a little high when I went and there are only so many spots you can set up camp in the slot canyons.

hiking
8 months ago

One of the coolest hikes I’ve ever done. Views are spectacular and the end is worth the miles and navigating up, over and around rocks!!! If you keep your eyes out for the stacked rock trail markers it’s not hard to stay on course. This is most definitely a hard hike though.

This is a great hike. Stay at the back country sites and hike about! Many great archeological sites.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, not many people, lots of sand!

hiking
10 months ago

Went back in October. Easy terrain. Long hike. Scrambling for a very short time near the end. Keep an eye out for the trail, but mostly follows the dry riverbed. Worth every step. Amazing view of the arch at the end. Only saw a small handful of people, which was awesome. Nearly silent, with only the sounds of nature. Top notch.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked this back for my birthday in the heat of late July 2017. Parked in elephant canyons and took EC to Druid. With the heat- it was an all day excursion (12.5 miles). Very brutal. BUT SO WORTH IT. Even with preparation and hydration, I still got pretty dehydrated. Not a lot of cover on the trail either. Bring a tarp if possible, if you do it in the heat.

The most amazing experience I have backcountry hiking to date. This will change your life.
Not very trafficked. Very desolate. And the views and colors will stun you. Get a permit and camp in EC the night before, if you want an even better experience.

*This is my Mecca Hike!*

Ps. I have more pictures and info on this and my other BackCountry hiking explorations on my IG- Colewurlddd

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked mid December. No rain, temps from the mid 20s to low 50s and dry. Frozen streams easily crossed. Due to shorter daylight hours, impending snow storm and time exploring exquisite Junctions Ruins, we hiked only as far as the junction. Beautiful canyon. We’ll return to hike and explore further.

this would be the most usual route - park at the Water Tanks if 2WD (37.389971, -111.034848) or Coyote Trailhead if 4WD, descend via the Crack-in-the-Rock (37.419111, -110.984897) and down the dunes to the river, passing Stevens Arch (37.433528, -110.979202) and Coyote Natural Bridge (37.416267, -111.027685), camping somewhere along the way and exiting near Jacob Hamblin Arch (37.419008, -111.043115)

at least 120 feet of rope is strongly recommended to exit near Jacob Hamblin Arch, it's fairly steep (see photos), not for the acrophobic - generally an able bodied person will be able to climb up and secure a rope for the less agile. it's also possible to tie a rope, descend near Jacob Hamblin Arch for a day trip, then remove the rope on the way back up. extra ropes are recommended for lowering packs at Crack-in-the-Rock or Jacob Hamblin Arch. DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN COYOTE EVEN WHEN LEASHED.

hiking
11 months ago

kinda the long way to do this - better to drop in at the trailhead via the crack, camp, come out at Jacob Hamlin (150' of rope recommended) - NO DOGS ALLOWED IN COYOTE (it's part of Glen Canyon)

the boring way into Coyote - long, not scenic. best approach is to drive out to the trailhead, go down through the crack to the river, camp, come out at Jacob Hamlin Arch (150' rope STRONGLY recommended, first 1/3rd out very steep)

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