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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans nearly 1.9 million acres of America’s public lands. From its spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the Monument’s size, resources, and remote character provide extraordinary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists in scientific research, education, and exploration.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail was much more than what we though it was going to be. There was flat red rock that we walked along for as far as we could.. Then crosses the wash and walked along the edge of the white cliffs! So amazing! It was windy but sunny sunny! It was a beautiful relaxing great walk. And absolutely quiet and peaceful!!

This was a very pretty trail. We were a bit confused if this was a loop. But we didn’t care after walking in and seeing so much- then walking back out we saw more things! There are some harder spots to get around , up and over but nothing really difficult. All the colors of rocks were amazing! We ran the soft sand and walked the rocks. It was 3 miles in and 3 out. Worth doing

hiking
6 days ago

We hiked to Maverick Bridge and Phipps Arch via Phipps Wash, starting from Escalante River Trailhead, 14-1/2 miles south of the UT12/Burr Trailhead Road junction. Come prepared with river crossing gear, as we crossed once and had two occasions for ankle-deep water between river and canyon wall. Turn right into the wash, then right again into the first side canyon for Maverick Bridge. Coming back out of the bridge excursion, continue on up the wash, and turn left into the next side canyon. From here you're mostly on your own. Cairns are sketchy and trail is confusing at best. We carried a Falcon Guide book with us. After getting lost once, and almost giving up, we picked up the trail and found the arch. The final ascent is steep and involves a friction pitch. It is do-able, and you will be rewarded. Enjoy.

Beautiful

Great! Be sure to cover the walking path in the map above, especially at the end toward the left!

The drive to the trail head may take a while and is best suited for an SUV, but I saw a few sedans at the parking area. Only saw a couple of people during my short hike on some of this trail. Gorgeous slot canyon and the water was fairly low on the day I went hiking. Worth checking out if you are in the area!

hiking
29 days ago

Toadstools are a funny experience, many features of sand and stone erosion, no shade, not overcrowded

Just FYI - I was there three days ago and creek is frozen solid with water running under ice coming from Bryce.

Also - I entered coordinates into 2 different phones and was a little surprised to see the directions send you at least 200 ft passed the parking area and trail head.

The TH is marked and parking area clear so not sure why coordinates are overshooting.

Do I need a 4WD or all wheel drive at all for Fortymile Ridge Road? I just want to get to the trailhead without getting stuck.

Great Kids hike with cool rock formations!

I liked this trail and would suggest if you want to see and really have time to see all the hoodoos, set aside 2-3 hours. Though we spent about 2 hours (20 minutes to walk in, 20 to walk out from the main hoodoo, then the rest of the time in the hoodoo forest), I'd like to have even more time here! If you just want to walk in and out without seeing and enjoying the scenery, 1 hour is probably more than enough. The day we went we did not see everyone go to the end of the trail... many went to the first large hoodoo, and turned around from there.

Excellent short trail which is well-trafficked during the day. Worth doing since it's barely a mile off the 89.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a cool hike, but beware that it's really dangerous if you don't know what you're doing and aren't prepared with survival supplies. The description of this trail as 'easy to moderate' is wholly inaccurate. First, 4WD is required to get to the trail head, as you will pass over deeply-rutted hills and very uneven slickrock in your vehicle. If you attempt this trail, you MUST have a GPS with you--it is very easy to get lost otherwise, and then exhaust yourself in the alternating sand/slick rock up-and-down. There are no cairns to mark the trail. Do not attempt to go into the ashtray without a rope anchored outside the pit, with someone holding it. Otherwise you could be stuck there for days under direct sun before someone finds you, as this is not a well-trafficked site. Spring and Fall would be best temperature-wise for this hike.

Great hike with very few people. Camped and I was the only one there for the night.

Fun!

This trail has an entry for Cottonwood North and South. We picked South as someone who went the day before (Dec. 30, 2017) told us South had water, and North was Dry. We entered at South and walked North until the Boulder Choke. Possibly we could have traversed it, but did not. Most of the rest of the trail was packed or slightly soft sand, sometimes with rocks and boulders. There were a few other tricky spots to get up and down, but nothing too bad. There is also a side canyon at one point. We went to the mouth of that but did not go in as the sand seemed to be pretty deep there. When we got back to the trail entry point, we exited a bit farther down than where we entered. One of the entries is a 4-5 foot drop, another is a slightly steep hill (we entered on this) and the other is through a wash with a slightly steep trail up to the road. Over all we liked this trail, and hope to go again.

It's interesting how all the roads are dirt roads, but the trail that leads you to the arch is paved like a sidewalk! Though it's only .2 miles, it's more fun to walk around the arch to see it from various angles, and the back. We came at sunset, so did not have enough time to explore all the angles. I like the photos posted here looking up into the arch to the sky... I did not take time to go up to that angle. It's amazing how the arch looks so different at different angles and in different lighting!

Takes about an hour to drive to the canyons from town. Watch for cows when driving and be safe! Once you start the hike, you head down to the wash sooner than you may think- so look for the cairnes to direct you. Peek-a-boo has a steep 12’ entrance but after that is beautiful and easy! You then go into a wash and about a 1/2 mile in sand to Spooky slot canyon. Spooky is REALLY fun! Some areas are only 10” wide so it can get tight. I’m 5’5” and average size, and I had to squeeze through in some areas. The end of Spooky (if you do the loop with Peek-a-boo first) is really technical. I would say is even advanced so make sure you are prepared for scaling some boulders and being solution oriented. You’ll love this hike and I would recommend to anyone!!

A little busy but great hike

Ice on the creek. Fun little drive up and slow going on the ice

Best part ... we had the whole trail to ourselves on 12-28-17

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