Looking for a great trail in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, views trails, camping trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ranging from 0.6 to 27.7 miles and from 4,271 to 5,623 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Lake Powell and so much more! Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history.

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bugs
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rocky
12 days ago

absolutely gorgeous. highly recommend starting at the too of crack in the wall and hiking down.

I did this during June. It was 115°. Never do that. But once I got out of the desert and heat it was awesome!! Beautiful streams which were a god-send after the desert. gorgeous rocks and the night sky was incredible!

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

I am from SLC and this is hands down my favorite hike in southern utah. I believe it has the best of what southern utah has to offer in this short 10.5 miles. There is water running in the gulch all year round but it is muddy. Bring a good filter (more than a life straw) and some method to clean it. There is also a handful of springs through the hike and you can avoid filtering the muddy creek water entirely depending upon the amount of daily hiking and water consumption. The way out is quite sketchy (but do-able), there is a climbing rope for support but that has not always been there. The hike to and from the gulch is HOT! Once you are in, it is incredible.

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no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
21 days ago

We’re not expert hikers but we do a few big hikes every year. The trail is nearly non-existent, good map and/or GPS is highly recommended. Download in town while you have service. We hiked around 12 miles out and back, had to hike about a mile in the river as the banks were steep and overgrown, no clear path out. Was only waist deep at the most, descent from trailhead was incredibly steep with sketchy drops and rises on the non-marked path (as best we could tell). Dozens of differing paths/ways to get down to the river, plan well. No other hikers the entire day, cathedral was amazing and has to be one of the most elusive destinations in the state, if not country. Just go prepared. It’s difficult at the least, deadly at the worst.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
1 month ago

Amazing view and not busy at all. Terrain was not difficult but it just gets really hot and you have to start really early and bring at least 8L of water (no water sources). Wear sunblock & a hat or extra protection with umbrellas. We went in May and we didn’t have to bring a tent as it was warm at night-save some weights to carry!

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rocky
1 month ago

Backpacked this May 2018 The dirt road was long and bumpy, took our Honda civic to the first trail head and then switched to our friends 4X4 truck to get to 40mileridge trail head. Started at crack-in-the-wall and came out at Jacob Hamblin Arch The hike to the gulch is full sun and sandy. The trail is not well defined but we used AllTrails to help keep us on track. You need at least 50ft of rope to lower your backs down the cliff side and then you can climb down through the crack. Coming down the trail you’ll see a big plateau on the right you can see part of the lower gulch but there isn’t a way down. Take the trail that leads to the left of the plateau. It will slowly work your way down into the gulch. We had a group of 6 and stayed 2 nights in the gulch. There is 1 out house when you get to the first falls coming from crack in the wall. About 4-5 miles from the trail head. We had a hand pump water filtration system and that seemed to work wonderful for us. It was very hot so remember lots and lots of water. We wore chacos through the gulch but ended up going barefoot since it was mostly river bottom. Lots of technical climbing to get up and around the multiple water falls. We climbed out by JHA but it is A LOT steeper than it looks. You feel top heavy with your packs trying to climb out. We took our packs off and used our rope to ladder pull them up and climb our selves out. Over all it was BEAUTIFUL! We do it again in a heart beat. However very hot and no cell reception in case of an emergency. Be smart. Hike careful. Be responsible.

hiking
no shade
off trail
scramble
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Definitely not a mid summer hike, but the isolation was surreal.

The first/last (in/out) four or so miles of Hurricane Wash are kind of a death slog through deep sand/small gravel so plan accordingly in the heat. There are some hungry/aggressive crows who live in the canyon. We dropped a pack with our lunch and some snacks in it for just a minute. We came back to every zipper opened and every bit of our food gone. Dogs aren’t allowed on this trail. And if you happen to run into my Utah license plate (F89 0SJ) that may have jiggled off my truck on the Hole In The Rock road, holla @MickelleySwelly on Instagram. That road is legitimately washboard-y.

on Coyote Gulch Loop

hiking
2 months ago

*For those that have completed the climb at Hamblin Arch... What are the anchoring options to set a rope (any boulders, trees, etc. in the area)? Is meat anchoring an option? Is a 100ft rope enough to get down the majority of the climb? If I am bringing beginners with no climbing or desert hiking experience (but they are athletic males), do you think they could handle climbing with a full pack?

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no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Bring bug spray!!!!! Those biting flies are evil! Would also recommend waterproof hiking boots as they'll protect you from running your feet raw in the dry sand after coming out of the water. Would also recommend trekking poles for the sand. Overall a beautiful hike!! Getting to Escalante river is another .4 miles after the trail ends and is basically scrambling over rocks near the river. Flat, low elevation, and a good amount of shade, even at high noon. Read this before you go: https://bearfoottheory.com/coyote-gulch-backpacking-guide/ Oh, and PSA: make sure you have a spare tire for the 34-mile dirt road ;)

hiking
2 months ago

Ok this trail is at the end of a 55 mile 4wd dirt road with washboard and slow going the whole time. The road took us over 3 hours to navigate. Although it seems like this trail is short it is a beast with big drops and bouldering all the way to the lake. Made it down with the scout troop and had a wonderfully refreshing swim in the lake. Hike out was a brutal climb scramble.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Cannot stress enough the need for GPS on this hike! Also, leave early in the morning before it gets too hot. We did not do either, and had to turn back 1/2 way to the cathedral. Extremely difficult to navigate and scorching hot trail. We are anxious to try it again, but will be much more prepared/responsible next time.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked down this in Jesus sandals. Not a good idea. It was a hard climb down and you are bouldering down the hole time. You have to be careful and wear good shoes for the hike and it will be easier. Floating in the lake was the best part. I don’t see how pioneers got their wagons and horses up this trail.

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