Explore the most popular birding trails in Glen Canyon National Rec Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

Kind of tricky to find where it starts off. We ended up in a heap of rocks to the right of the real trail at first. When we did find the real trail it was spectacular. Fairly steep, but other than not particularly challenging. The view from the top is brilliant.
We did it with a dog and it was no problem.

Stunning Rod Rocks, arches, small falls, all breathtaking

Easy hike for 68 year man and woman; but we have also hiked the Verdon Gorge in France. There was some scrambling over rocks. Take hiking poles. In many places there are two or three paths and some are easier than others. It was so quite you could hear your heart beat. We hiked late in the day and the sun was just over the western cliffs as we arrived back to the parking lot.

Looking straight up, I thought no way I can hike to the top. But I did and it’s awesome! Just take your time and rest periodically. Happy Hiking :)

Did the 40 mile throug hike from Wire pass to Lee's ferry in 2016. Best day hike is going in from the north down to the confluence and back out. about 14 miles total I believe. Beautiful, narrow canyon starts about 4 miles in or so. Great hike but you're in a muddy river for prob 25 straight miles once in there. Hiking water shoes a must! Stay away from the big boulders in the water! downstream and to the side of them is where the deep muck is! Drinking water is scare so pack a lot of it in. Most important is to watch the weather VERY closely. Nowhere to hide for many stretches in there if it floods. No cell communication down in there so someone will have to hike out for help.5 days was perfect. Day 5 hike out is a long, hot one out into the desert for sure. Beautiful hike though!!! Happy trails!

Really love this trail. It is steep in some areas of the trail and narrowness on the trail. Take your time are you go up it’s about 1.5 to 2 hours going up the cliff. 45 minutes to an hour walking down. As you get close to the top, be careful, the last section is steep and very sandy. Other than that, the trail is adventurous and beautiful scenic view of Colorado River/Marble Canyon to the west and to the east you get to see the City of Page from a distance from the top. Very beautiful. Highly recommend this hike to anyone.

Starting before sunrise on Feb 18, it took me 2 hours to get to within 200 m of the top. It's very exposed, but starting so early meant I was. in shade. until I got back near the bottom. The views near and far are extraordinary and because the footing is unstable (rocks, pebbles, sand, slick rock) and I was hiking solo, I stopped often to ogle. Don't rush this trail. Boat sounds carry, so getting out early, you have the quiet of water, birds, and wind before the internal combustion engines harsh the mellow of the river bend.

Hard but worth it for sunrise!

Started at the water tank "sneaker route" trailhead. only make it coyote natural bridge. Will come back and make it to cliff arch someday! There is usually a rope to descend but we were there during the winter and scaled the wall into and out of the canyon as there was no rope. Would not recommend this scramble unless you are able bodied and pretty confident. Rewarding views and solitude make this hike worth it!

hiking
4 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)

yeah, you could do this. better to go to coyote trailhead, drop in via the crack, camp, come out at Jacob Hamlin Arch (150' of rope recommended) - NO DOGS ALLOWED IN COYOTE (it's part of Glen Canyon)

Not a hard hike down but poorly marked in sections plus you have to navigate a barb wire fence early on. Also unlike some of the other hikes down to CG this one has no great views on the way down

great trail - STEEP - TAKE WATER

This trail was very rough and steep, and at points erosion had worn it down to about 6 inches wide. Some areas had been reinforced to prevent further erosion, but overall the trail could use maintenance. I’m an avid hiker, but the descent back down this trail really rattled my nerves. I don’t know that I’ll do this one a second time.

Tougher than I thought. I’m in good shape and a moderately experienced hiker and this one got me! Make it to summit in about 80 minutes. Awesome awesome summit view!! 12/10 would do again!

backpacking
6 months ago

Awesome trail, very fun. Stayed two nights. Entered through crack in the wall, had to lower the packs. A very beautiful trail when the leaves are just turning.
The bathroom by the first waterfall was quite appreciated, though very unexpected.

Great hike to an arch if you have dogs since they aren't allowed on trails in Arches State Park. Some difficult footing spots for dogs and two 'ladder' points where the dog will need to find their own path around since it's steep. Small dogs could be carried here. You can see the arch at a distance prior to these points though.

Don't go here. Worst hike ever! ; )

I planned on doing a day hike of maybe 10-15 miles with my daughter being that this had a rating of easy. I was fooled... quicksand is a real thing and it went up to my hip (my phone flew out as I tried to escape too... so make sure you keep that in a secure place and waterproof it). I would definitely like to go back better prepared for the situation. Please note that if you are entering from Lee’s Ferry ...that you should account for about a 1 mile hike between the parking lot til you get to the Paria Trail. I say take your time on this trail to enjoy the scenery and plan on spending the night so you don’t feel rushed!

good day play near water and sand.

good day.

Just did this trip last week. To me,there is no better trip than to the deserts of southern Utah. This trip was amazing in all aspects. There were some technical areas, Narrows, and amazing hikes through the bottom of the canyon. I can’t say enough about all the arches that we saw and the beautiful painted rocks and cliffside’s. Everywhere you turn is a beautiful vista. Utah has it all!!

Worth every minute I the hike. We entered through crack in the law and attempted to exit via the sneaker trail that did not have good enough climbing shoes. We returned the same way we entered and it was worth the 2nd view!

This is a lovely trail that features vertical stone walls in either side, an arch, and a pretty waterfall. I found it very nice indeed.

entered and left at jacob hamlin arch - had to get a boost out and a lift up at the same time. good thing other people were there. if I was to do it again, I'd be sure to take 120 feet of decent climbing rope, something that wouldn't rip the skin off my hands if I slipped, tie it on the way down and use it to get out. the hamblin way in is STEEP

the rope was still there last week so i did coyote gulch in and out of the jacob hamblin route. ;) beautiful! would love to go back and camp there.

One of my favorite Grand Staircase hikes. I recommend making it an overnight and sleeping in the massive alcove across the creek from the arch. There are some great slots to explore as you continue upstream. It is a great water hike in the spring, full of toads and wildflowers.

We started with the very steep part at the beginning to go down and we gave up. We were not prepared enough, they where a lot of people going up with no way to see where we were going, we should have started the other way around. We regret it, it looks beautiful from the top, we will go back!

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