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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.

Amazing hike! I would say moderate is rather inaccurate as a rating. There is no visible trail, most of it will be done via GPS and looking for landmarks. Lots of rock hopping and deep sand in a few places. If you want to go down into the dome I would definitely recommend bringing a rope, there are stairs cut into the side but they are far from enough to easily climb up on your own for most.

Great Hike, winds a lot! Terrain changes! Great views! LOTS of sand! If wet, plan on MUD! Dry plan on dust! Seems long but worth it when u get to the falls! Plan on staying at falls for awhile in summer-swim!

This is a beautiful hike.amd fun adventure to find all the Kairns to find the trail. The trail starts down a steep Rock face mountain, and then the trail varies from path to going over rock faces where you follow the Kairns. The falls were not running too strong in February, but still pretty. My only complaint about the hike is that it was so easy to get lost on the way back. I was never in any huge danger for I knew I had to climb one of the Rock faces to the east, but which one was safest. I ended up hiking up a nit too safe one and stepping on a rock that looked stable, but it started a mini Rock slide with me in it a little ways down the mountain. Freaked me out. It took me a while to get my breathing back to normal. It it what inspired me to get an external GPS for areas like Escalante that are so without service.and this trusty app. What a blessing that combo is. Here is my blog post if you want to see pictures.

Road there was a bit rough, but well worth it. We were the only ones there when we went. Spent a few hours along the trail, and got some amazing photos to remember our hike!

We went about an hour and a half before sunset, and we had the falls all to ourselves when we got there. Long, but easy hike there and back. It got dark on our way back, and the view of the stars was spectacular. Not a light to be seen but the moon and stars. Would love to go back someday and camp. Beautiful sites right along the creek.

on Zebra Canyon

9 days ago

Long walk to the start of the canyon. Very narrow.
A ways in we (2 of us), came to 1st obstacle which stopped the wife. I made it up past that, was stopped by the next obstacle.
Very good slot. I recommend doing both Zebra and Tunnel slots in the same walk.

Awesome!! A little bit more difficult than we were expecting but 100% worth it! We did this to break up a long day of driving from Santa Fe to Zion. Also it’s fun to say hoodoo.

12 days ago

Pros. Solitude and some really nice scenery around Death Hollow and Mamie Creek. Lots of available camping options.

Cons. Poor trail the closer you get to Escalante. Mile after mile of really bland scenery, sagebrush and junipers trees.

Overall I doubt I will do this trail again.

This is a must do! Experience hiking and rock climbing does help. Bring a rope/strap just in case and plenty of water. I don't recommend going alone. Best route is up Peek-a-boo and then down Spooky. If you have time take a stroll up Dry Fork to see the varied rocks and for the solitude.

13 days ago

Fun area for the kids to explore.

Hiked 02/21/18. I checked the weather conditions prior to starting by visiting the Escalante Interagency visitor center (I called the number multiple times but no one answered so keep that in mind if that happens to you). The ladies there informed me that there was a large ice cold water puddle right in front of the Peek a boo entrance. they stated that since there is water there, there is most likely water within the a lot canyon as well. My bf and I wanted to try anyways... so we took the chance and headed out on the drive. It's an hour drive to the entrance. We had. four wheel large car so we were able to get close to the starting point. LOAD ALL TRAILS MAP BED
FORE LOSING SIGNAL. This saved our butt from not getting lost. Anyways, we started with Peek-a-boo based on reviews on here. Sure enough there was a huge 12x13 water puddle that was shin deep in front of the 12ft steep rock we had to climb. My bf went first and we rough rope so he was able to lift me up with the rope. I have leg strength but zero upper body strength. He is 27yo male and i am 26yo female. So bring rope just in case!! I couldn't have climbed that without help. We took our shoes off to get through the water and yes it was cold but worth it! there were only two other small water puddles in the canyon after that. the rest of the hike was great. lots of fun, problem solving and pictures taken. Definitely do this hike- it's so fun!'

16 days ago

Short and sweet trail! We didn’t do the whole trail just to the first toad stool. If you walk fast takes about 30ish minutes there and back. Very interesting view. Almost seems like it should be on another planet.

Beautiful hike but you need to be very skilled at bolstering or bring repelling g equipment t to get into the gorge. It is a 100 foot drop and hard to find the trail head to the gorge. .

Fun, easy hike. Hardest part for me the sandy areas but still very easy. Pretty view at the end!

Great stop on our way to Zion. The Hoodoos were fun to see as were the rest of the rock formations. Cold and windy today but well worth the hike.

1 month 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!!

1 month ago

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

1 month 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.


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!

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months ago


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