Headquarters Canyon Route

EASY 2 reviews
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Headquarters Canyon Route is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Eggnog, Utah that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
406 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

no dogs

Headquarters Canyon features sheer, vertical walls and slopes of Navajo sandstone streaked with color. Departing from the Burr Trail Road, a signed, sandy track cuts west across a sagebrush flat and crosses the dry drainage of Halls Creek. Within 0.5 mile (0.4 km), the route crosses a couple of dry washes, edges, around orange Entrada sandstone outcrops, and descends to a wide, stony gulch. Follow this drainage west into the Waterpocket Fold. Less than one mile (1.6 km) from the start, the deep gorge constricts to a narrow slot usually free of significant obstacles. Beyond the slot, the canyon is flush with vegetation. The hike ends at a sandstone ramp in the ledge-forming Kayenta formation. A 6-foot (1.8 m) dryfall atop the slide is passable to agile climbers, but progress beyond is quickly halted by a much higher dryfall.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing little hike. It feels like three hikes in one. You get to hike out across the flats, then through the narrow slot canyon, and then in the wider canyon filled with trees and water pools. Mileage recorded on phone was .3 longer than the trail guide indicated but I didn't mind. In the spring this hike is perfect, and the last 2/3 would be nice in the summer. But the first 1/3 across the flats would be scorching hot.

This hike was easy, relatively flat, and just gorgeous. The narrow slot canyon was awesome! Look for lizards! This is my new favorite small hike in the park.