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.
Very nice but sandy hike, probably where the moderate rating comes from. The falls are beautiful and would be great for swimming in the summer. In the spring, the weather is nice. Make sure to get a trail map as there are some facts that correspond on the map and stops on the hike. Wonderful hike!
Hike was great in March! Weather was warm but not too hot. There are a lot of shady spots along the way, and I saw people of all skill levels on this trail - including little kids and people in there 70's. And the payoff at the end of the trail is awesome!
Pros - nice and mostly gentle terrain, Great end spot, shady spots, good amount of ecosystems covered, not too much elevation change so good for hikers of all skill levels. Well used trail - lots of people - pro or con!
Cons - lots of sand on parts of the trail, got lost at a couple spots coming back - trail isn't well marked in those spots (we quickly found out way back), trail can be crowded at times.
Tips - bring water and sunscreen and a bathing suit in the summer time.
For people with bad knees (like me) walking sticks are helpful in spots.
nice canyon trail in the middle of nowhere.
We went on a fairly dry day in the middle of march. we dared to take the road in a sedan, the road is bumpy but the road is fairly ok until you get to the last mile where it can be more slidy cause of clay.
you walk in the wash 1mile or so until you get to the actual canyon. fairly soon in to the canyon you will find a boulder with a drop behind it. people say it's not bad going down it but we decided to bypass it by going the VERY long buckskin gulch trail instead. however we discovered that just before the wirepass canyon started there is a way around by going to your right up the rim (should be some cairns left to show the way) and then down again taking you directly in to the canyon (bypassing the boulder) bring plenty if water!
Drove down the road to the trailhead in a sedan in dry conditions. It was by far the most stressful driving experience of my life. Maybe I just suck at driving with mud tracks, but I wouldn't advise going down this road on anything smaller than an SUV.
Despite the dread of driving 8 miles back to the highway this was an absolutely amazing hike. The only other slot canyon I've visited was antelope and this blows it out of the water. The canyon walls weren't as majestic but the desolation of the place makes it feel like a real adventure. We only encountered 2 groups in our 3 hours there - which was both frightening and cool.