Red Breaks and Cosmic Ashtray Loop

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Red Breaks and Cosmic Ashtray Loop is a 11 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Escalante, Utah that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
11.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,620 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

views

hiking
2 months ago

Cosmic Ashtray is a five, Red breaks combined with Cosmic is a four. Take the recommended route, though is seems doable heading straight west vs. heading north, you will find a lot of small canyons to scale. So follow the route north and back down. You will save time overall.

hiking
2 months ago

Tried a different route between the Cosmic Ashtray to Red Breaks. The better route obviously is the suggested route for this trail. Had to climb out of the slot part way through and find an alternate route east of the slot so we missed much of the canyon.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is actually closer to 19 miles. It is down a gravel road, so be ready for 30-45 minutes of rough terrain. We saw some guys make it in a Honda Civic, but you’d be better off with a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

The red breaks canyoning trail is stunning, but very (stress, VERY) challenging. We were lucky to be hiking with a tall, experienced, agile, and strong bunch, so we could help each other over large boulders and pass backpacks when spots got too tight. Luckily, we were all skinny enough to fit through some tiny cracks - definitely be wary of this trail if you’re on the larger side and/or claustrophobic. Some of the canyoning is rather technical if you’re not used to climbing. We all came out with many scrapes and bruises, but in a good way....

The trail to the cosmic astray is unmarked, and not really a trail as far as we could tell. Downloading the map is critical to make sure that you know where you are.

Too long, didn’t read: only go on this trail if you’re 1) ready to get lost 2) have the map downloaded 3) are strong and skinny 4) have lots of snacks and water 5) have more than 3 people in your group, preferably more. 6) allow up to 8-10 hours to do this hike comfortably.

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked a total of 16.1 miles according to this app, but my other apps clocked in at 21+ miles. I am assuming it is because of all the climbing and this app loses connection at times and just connects the lines. Either way, be aware of the mileage and time it takes. Slot Canyons are not easy so be prepared. Multiple people should go and be in shape. The slot canyons are very tight and there is a lot of climbing and maneuvering involved. Once you are out of Red Breaks, you really need GPS, it’s a must have to find the cosmic ashtray.

Be in shape!
Bring a large amount of water!
Have as many people with you as possible!
GPS is a must!
Best hike I have ever done by a long shot.

3 months ago

no clear trail and brings you to the backside of the ashtray. if you like route finding in the middle of the desert and lots of slick rock hiking this is for you. advanced skill required and a download of the map

hiking
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hiking
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