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hiking
11 days ago

This hike is really great. I was the only person on the trail today. I found the reviews here to be helpful so I will refrain from writing too much. My only add is why you should go left when you get to the loop. Going in this direction will give you the view of Jeep Arch for much longer and you’ll get the view of the La Sal mountains after you hike over the “saddle”. The saddle does look more intimidating coming from the left, but know that it’s a lot thicker than it appears hiking up to it. Enjoy!

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike. Did it not long after sunrise, had a quick lunch at the bottom and took our time going back.

29 days ago

Incredibly memorable. I did this in the clockwise direction starting with a super steep descent. The trail was really varies and interesting the whole time and the views are amazing.

I did the upheaval dome then continued on with the sycline loop. Note the warning sign in the photos at the beginning of the trail. That was a fair warning for what’s ahead. The trail wasn’t that hard to follow except for a couple spots, but the rock scramble in the back of the loop was pretty difficult. I added a photo of that area although it’s hard to get an idea of the difficulty here. Definitely not for anyone afraid of heights or lack of mobility and strength to climb. It seemed like it took me about 20 minutes to get through that area. There was only a couple holes with water and wouldn’t want to drink it. One was a good place to soak and cool off.

Relatively easy hike. Great preservation.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved it!

I did this trail counter clockwise starting at 7am. It was fairly easy to navigate. The steep incline the last 1.5 miles was a great workout. The scrambling (since I did counter clockwise) was all downhill. As I’m very comfortable it was not difficult or scary but a. It jarring on the knees for those with injuries.

The signage for the trail is pretty threatening, while I get it, I think they could back off a tiny bit.

All in all, I’d do this hike again but only early as it got hot by 10:30 when I finished .

hiking
2 months ago

what a hike! dogs, big horn sheep, zero
humans. perfect.
Go early, bring LOTS of water and hide in the tiny bits of shade when you can. They are few and very far in between
This hike is awesome. You climb up a rock “saddle” in the middle; but the view up close to the tower is awesome. (you’ll know if you go)
Bring lots of extra water and paw protection for the dogs!!

Beautiful view hiking down. Loose and slippery rocks made for a slower decent but well worth it

hiking
3 months ago

We did the Big Spring Canyon to Squaw Canyon loop, which I'd describe as perfectly pleasant but not mind-blowing. The highlight for us was climbing out of Big Spring Canyon at roughly the halfway point – definitely a fantastic place to stop for lunch. Some shade (especially in Big Spring) but not a ton. Only saw one other person on a Thursday morning in August. Decent bathrooms at the trailhead.

This trail is not for the faint of heart or anyone with even a slight claustrophobia. There are sections of this slot canyon that are extremely narrow. I highly recommend getting some beta on this trail. It was extremely fun, and not at all what I expected (it was my first real slot canyon....we did Peek-A-Boo and Spooky the previous day). The walk back is through the desert so make sure you bring enough water and snacks to keep you fueled.

hiking
3 months ago

Very rewarding hike but try to avoid going on the switchbacks when going counter clock wise during the middle of the day during summer. Sun saps the energy out of you.

hiking
4 months ago

My wife and I hiked this path without reading other reviews or doing any research. The [my] decision was solely based off the official NPS map and its descriptions. Sure it was in the difficult section but it was harder than I imagined. Some context, we live in zero elevation coastal town, work in offices, and exercise a lot less than we should. Our hike started around 9:30am in early June. Went clockwise and had a blast the first 3.4 miles. Had a short lunch at the canyon wash marker sign. Our last picture taken (fun, free-spirited, enjoyment mode) was at the white steps before the trail sign that split to the canyon spur. This is when the ascent began. The trail was iffy in some spots but eventually finding the cairns we were able to press forward. I am now familiar with the terms switchbacks and scrambling. So many times I thought we were going to climb out of this canyon only to see a never-ending uphill in front of us. To the person who put the "trail" sign there, thank you. The few times we were able to find shade under an outcropping we took it. I thought the breach was going to be a narrow flat canyon on the map. Nope. At about 3 o'clock on the trail clock face the scrambling ended and it just became a gradual upward climb, then down, then up and down. We brought 6 liters of water but ran out. Probably poor rationing and inexperience is the main cause of this. It was easily 95 degrees for most of the hike. While we were properly equipped, this trail was physically and mentally challenging for us. Luckily I was able to keep a positive outward appearance to my spouse. I told her a couple of times, please yell at me when we get to the car - not in the middle of this hike. Many times I swear I heard cars thinking the end was near to only later find out it was the wind rustling through the distant trees. In the beginning of the hike the screaming bugs (youll know what i mean if you hiked this trail) caught me off guard and had me swatting at them. By the end I could not care less and was focused only on continuing to put one foot in front of the other. Finally seeing a real car was such a welcome site. We made it out and I nearly drown my self in water in the car. We finished at around 5:30pm and the total hike was in the 8 hour mark.

All negatives aside I am happy we did it and conquered it. To the inexperienced, please pass or prepare better. I would say there are many better views in the park than this trail. A high effort to lower reward hike. If I could do it over I would have hit the overlooks and all other scenic easy trails and left this loop for another visit. This is a beautiful park which has had a profound impact on me and I cant wait to return.

hiking
4 months ago

So strenuous but worth it! Go as early as you can. I start at 7:45 am finished 4 and 1/2 hours later in the hot, hot sun.

4 months ago

Hard, but a lot of fun

4 months ago

we didn't see a single other person. you have to walk through the culvert to get to trail. follow cairns. literally no one else there. very close to corona arch by car

on Jeep Arch

hiking
4 months ago

I loved this hike. Beautiful scenery! I did not see anyone else the whole time. I would recommend downloading the map as the cairns are difficult to spot in parts and some have been washed away. Absolutely stunning- can’t wait to do it again!

This was an excellent way to spend an entire day hiking in a beautiful place. The only downside for me was that I only had a day to enjoy this amazing place.

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.

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!

I noticed a lot of these photos are of Corona Arch in Moab - not Willow Gulch in Escalante...

hiking
6 months ago

This hike will test your endurance! Most of the elevation is in the first mile. Although a shorter hike (distance), make sure to bring enough water. It is fully exposed in the afternoon, and with the hot sun and the return ascent back up, we drank much more water than we usually would on a hike that short of a distance.

hiking
6 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail. But it is not for the faint of heart. The mileage shown here is inaccurate, probably due to the extremely tight switchbacks going down the canyon. The NPS map says 5.4 round trip.

The majority of the elevation gain/decrease is in the first 1.3 miles of the trip. I don’t love hiking down as my knees aren’t the best. But the view as you hike down is unbelievable. It actually took us longer to hike down than up due to the fact that we stopped for photos and were cautious about the terrain.

Once down, the wash was enjoyable and mellow. It took us an hour and 20 to get down. An hour going down the canyon and 20 in the wash. We got back out in an hour total. 20 in the wash and 37 minutes hiking up the canyon. I was surprised at how fast we made it up given how long it took to get down. But it was strenuous. And at the end we had the greatest sense of accomplishment.

Absolutely a beautiful drive from our visit to Bryce back to Kanab. The Grosvenor Arch is worth a stop. The road quite challenging at times but our suv made it through. Would have liked to stop at some hikes along the way but we were too tired after a long day at Bryce and just enjoyed scenery in late afternoon sun and with curious cows. Not many cars on the trail so able to go really slow.

Super fun hike - especially with the pups. We did it back in February around Valentines and it was pretty hot so beware of bringing your pups from now until end of summer and bring lots of water - it’s pretty exposed the whole way. Be sure to carefully follow the cairns otherwise you’ll be destroying a lot of soil.

hiking
7 months ago

This hike was a fun, private hike right down the road from the the heavily trafficked zoo-y Corona Arch trail. Head through the culvert to get to the marked trail head and the loop trail goes right through Jeep Arch. We did the loop clockwise.

hiking
7 months ago

Counterclockwise is the way to go for the more challenging, but more rewarding (view wise) hike!!!! Absolutely amazing hike, 8.3 miles

backpacking
7 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
7 months ago

Much of this trail is slogging through sand, but the amazing panoramas make it all worth it, and the mile of trail just south of the junction with squaw canyon is one of the best stretches in the Needles.

backpacking
7 months ago

Vary niceee!

hiking
7 months ago

This is an awesome trail down the side of a canyon (1400 feet in I believe less than a mile). The walk down the wash to the White Rim was a really nice break before the trek back up.
Moving time was around 2 hours, including taking pictures and looking around the rim. Poles recommended.

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