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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
bugs
no shade
2 days ago

Very short hike that leads to the covered wagon bridge. Very aptly named! Then you can walk a little further into the cave, we saw cat tracks in the bobcat I believe. Fly's were pretty intense on this hike.

This trail was described as the “best” and “favorite of the trip” by members of our group (we had been in Golden, Breckenridge, and Moab already.) The hike itself was easy to moderate, depending on your experience and ability. Most of the terrain is flat and sandy, with a few sections where you have to hike up or over rocks. The time of day you go will also impact how strenuous it is, given the length and heat. We left at 5:15PM and found it to be perfect. We got back at 8:15, including a 20-30 minute stop at the waterfall and a few animal sightings (deer, trout, and squirrels), going at a moderate pace. The heat wasn’t overwhelming at this time of day and we got a lot of shade. The waterfall is gorgeous and unique, capping off an otherwise great hike.

hiking
no shade
scramble
2 days ago

Great morning hike. 4 friends and one dog, we started this trail at about 8:00 am and finished at 10:45. the hike is scenic into the slot canyon and once there the canyon itself is fun and challenging to scramble up and all the way in. The hike out is super sunny. We got lucky and had a nice breeze on the way out. You can walk either on the side or directly in the wash. Go when it is completely dry.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike! The slot canyon was awesome, and also a bit difficult. we were maneuvering our 1.5 year old and husky/golden through it, so it made it challenging. It was very narrow, we had to pass our pack through as well, and we were scraping the walls a lot, but we enjoyed it. The water was only about knee high a few weeks ago when we did it.

Awesome hike! we did this with our 1.5 year old in the carrier and our husky/golden! It was a really nice hike and the waterfall was so amazing. my husband and I both jumped in and it was freezing, it didn't help that it was overcast. Definitely a more crowded hike, but it's worth seeing!

This is hands down one of the most serene and unique trails we hiked in Utah. We arrived fairly late in the day and literally had the entire trail to ourselves from 5:30-7:30 pm. The temperature was comfortable and there was plenty of shade in the slot canyons. There was a small continuous stream running through the canyon but enough space on either side to avoid getting our shoes wet. The colors are beautiful and the layers in the rocks fascinating to study. The road is completely dirt after you turn off the highway and we did use our 4WD but I think most any average vehicle could negotiate this road. This is the place to go to avoid the crowds!!!

Amazing hike, not just for the falls at the end but for the scenery along the way. We didn't get out there until almost 10 AM, and it was way too hot. I feel like the evening might be better than the morning, because the trail hugs the western side of the canyon and so should get more shade in the evening than it does in the early morning. I saw lots of kids on this trail, so it's doable for a lot of people, but note that we did drink about 2 liters of water each.

hiking
5 days ago

Fun place for kids to play even without hiking the trail.

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
6 days ago

This trail isn’t for the faint of heart. Lots of elevation changes and the terrain is really dry and a lot of sand stretches making walking tough. Not much shade. Tons of bugs. The trail along Death Hollow was extremely overgrown with TONS of poison ivy. I was extremely careful but it’s almost impossible to avoid and I ended up catching it on my feet. Ugh. We started from Boulder in the evening and camped about 3 miles in. There is a nice camp spot by the river with shade if you keep walking in, you’ll come to it. Bring A LOT of water and a filter. More than you think. The trail is well marked with rock cairns almost the whole way but the last couple miles was not well marked and you can easily miss the trail so follow the map. We got lost a couple times trying to find the trail, had to backtrack and we were pretty exhausted. It’s just not a trail I’d ever do again. So much respect for those who traveled this trail to deliver the mail. Wow.

hiking
7 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike a little challenging for older people lots of ups and downs and it's easy to lose the trail if you don't pay attention. The falls are the icing on the cake absolutely beautiful.

hiking
no shade
scramble
8 days ago

This was quite the trail. You start out along the wash and then take the steep climb up the rocks (non-technical). You can follow the trail pretty easy for a while from that point. By the time you start to lose the trail you can see your destination clearly ahead. Of course our timing was bad and we ended up climbing to the top of yellow rock in mid-July at 1pm in 100+ degrees. Not the best idea, but we made it. The view from the top was incredible. Although hot (and I mean egg frying hot), there was a nice breeze up there; so we sat for a while, ate lunch and took pictures. Route finding was easier on the way back.

*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?

Nice trail though the bugs swarmed if stopped for too long. We went around 5pm and dropped a bike off at the south TH. Then we hiked down the canyon and I picked up the truck via the bike then picked up the family. There is a lot of loose sand and cool rocks.

What an awesome experience. We’re new hikers and we made it! Our 9yr old did great. Toughest part is the sand.

Unique thing to see, looks like a different planet. Trail was a little hard to follow as there is zero indicators, or path really. But easy and quick hike!

We started this hike around 2 pm and it was sunny all the way in, but the way back was mostly shaded from the mountains. The falls were amazing. My 67 year old father made it without any problems and he’s NOT a hiker. He of course was tired. The sand trail parts are the worst I had to empty my shoes twice. This hike is about 6 miles round trip. It was hot!! Take lots of water!! Great hike to do once.

Family favorite from our trip! Only saw four other hikers on a July Saturday afternoon and the slots were amazing. Road coming in was fine for a 2-wheel drive RAV 4. No ruts, but there are some steep sandy hills. Was able to stay mostly dry.

Go early, and if you need easy hikes, prepare yourself for steps up and over rocks, beach like sand, and some slick rock. Remarkable falls however—well worth the trip at least once.

hiking
scramble
13 days ago

Loved this loop! Getting in and out was the hardest part, especially for the time of year we visited (early July). Take lots of water and sun protection. We hiked this with two kids (ages 5 and 9) and everyone felt a great sense of accomplishment (ok, relief on the part of the kids) at the end. But it was all worth it for the slots! We actually doubled back through spooky because we didn’t want to walk the plateau and I’m glad we did ... it was great to experience spooky in reverse. We were a little underwhelmed with peek a boo, but spooky is a hard act to follow. We picked up a family on the drive back from the trailhead because the walk they faced down to the lower parking areas looked brutal....definitely worth getting a 4WD vehicle to get yourself to the top of that trailhead if you can. (Also: getting up the first hoist to enter spooky was a little tricky for us with kids - a nice stranger helped us out, thankfully. Flexibility/strength and adventurousness are key on that spot.)

hiking
13 days ago

Took the kids (ages 5 and 9) near sunset ... it was such a fun experience and a great way to end the day. Cooler temperatures and beautiful light.... but we really wish we had brought bug spray - we would have stayed longer if we had. We missed the trail, if there is one, but we all had fun wandering and looking at the hoodoos and climbing around. One of our favorite parts of this trip, for sure!

I've been to Lower Calf Creek Falls several times but this is the first time to the Upper Falls. Someone worked hard to move all the rocks off the slickrock. Hats off the all the work. Steep trail down at first then a small climb to the falls and a couple of nice slickrock tubs for swimming.

hiking
over grown
14 days ago

We had the trail pretty much to ourselves. Ran into one person on our way out. The trail gets a bit overgrown in parts. The river crossings are very much welcomed in this summer heat. We hit the trail fairly early at 7:30am and it still got hot in a few parts, make sure you start early. The last section up the rock face to the arch was a bit of a scramble and not well marked, but you can find your way up with a bit of common sense. We had two small dogs with us and made it up and down fine.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

Fairly quick hike down. Please be sure to register at trailhead with time started and completed as a thank you to the rangers for scouting and marking the trail. Should be rated as moderate as without the markers finding the way down would be hazardous. Smartphones will not have signal here so be sure to download this trail beforehand. Really nice oasis and waterfall awaits you at the end.

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