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Amazing views. Prepare to get your feet wet. I wouldn't attempt climbing out of hamblin arch unless there is a rope. Thankfully there was two.... but still with a rope, it wasn't easy. I couldn't fathom doing it without one.

this may sound weird but I need a tiny bit of sand from coyote gulch for a gift. would anyone be willing to ship some to me if I send a prepaid UPS label? this is the location I plan to be married at and the sand is part of a gift I want to make. I only need one grain for the gift so only a small amount is needed. I don't know where else to ask.

Great overnight backpack. Shorted the day by going cross country back to the trailhead

backpacking
1 month ago

As the reviewer before me stated, the difficulty is very subjective. It’s as hard as you make it! I carried in 2 gallons of water and still wished I had a little more, but not sure if it’s worth the extra weight! I conserved and took my last sip 100 feet from where I was parked! Remember hole in the rock road is 2 hours of dirt and no services, so make sure you have lots to drink waiting for you in your vehicle! Then hit Nemo’s in Escalante!

hiking
3 months ago

This entire trail is not shaded which in August, made it a very hot hike. Trail is not well defined. Follow the cairns and you should be okay.

backpacking
3 months ago

I have to remember that these reviews are all subjective. I almost decided not to go based on reviews. However, this hike is not hard. I did it in August, 99° weather, and just did it right.

I hiked in at 6 pm. It was still almost 100° but it was mostly in shade. Took me only 3 hours, and the last half hour was in the dark. I found it just fine.

The morning view is worth sleeping on the rocks. Just remember that water is very important. I have a very large bladder for my backpack, and also took my 32 oz hydroflask. It was barely enough.

backpacking
4 months ago

We choose to do the Red Well route to Coyote Gulch and we were very pleased we did. Just as you drop into the wash/Gulch, there is a slot canyon on your right hand side. We saved exploring this for on our way back out due to a making late start on a very warm day. This route was very scenic in our opinion and also gets you to water, trees and shade much quicker. Arches, overhangs, petroglyphs and overall gorgeous scenery throughout. Made us feel very tiny being surrounded by these beautiful towering walls. Especially at James Hamberlin Arch, very impressive. We saw a fair amount of wildlife including lots of deer, a badger, a variety of birds, and the lizards and toads were everywhere. We did also have some mice visit our campsite after dark. And when we were on our day hike, something (maybe squirrels or raccoons) got into our dry bag of food even though it was hung from a tree, but thankfully didn’t get everything. Plenty of campsites along the creek, especially once you pass the intersection of hurricane wash. If you stay in the creek bed the whole way, the distance will be slightly longer then indicated. In total we logged 28 miles and still didn’t quite make it to the Escalante River, first timers errors. It can be done without getting your feet wet if you do creek crossings in the right places and wear waterproof boots. The creek was a refreshing break for those tootsies though. The campsite we choose had a small waterfall (which may be an overstatement to call it a waterfall) that made filtering water easier and also just enough of a pool to get your lower half of your body submerged when sitting. Since it was during warmer weather, it was a nice way to cool off before bedtime.

It’s amazing, but note that it’s more like 16 Miles. The path isn’t marked well, and you have to find rock markers along some parts that aren’t always obvious. Start at the crack in the wall area if you can, because walking up a steep mountain of sand after a day of hiking is rough. It’s even more rough when you don’t have service or a downloaded trail map to tell you how much further you have to go or if you’re on the right path. Take a paper map - you’ll thank me. It’s a pack your waste in, and pack your waste out trail. I avoided going to bathroom all day with light well planned food and minimal water intake ( only enough to stay moderately hydrated ). If you don’t think you can go that long, you must get waste bags at visitor center or bring your own. The trail runs along and through the water so water hiking shoes would be a plus. If you’re scared of heights, getting to the arch may be difficult due to the steep slick rock path down by the arch to get out ( or in if you start at water tanks ) the rocks do have ropes as a courtesy to help you safely enter and exit.

To date, it's the most memorable backpacking trip my kids and I have done. Starting out going down the crack in the rock with our rope. Then the gradual hike along the river bottom. Awesome views, and not too difficult. The only sketchy part is going up out of the canyon, you gotta have some grit. There was another family that had to go around.

Absolutely stunning. Great variety from sand to slick rock, to scrambling out of the gulch, wading upriver, and views and views. This is a premiere distination hike.

Unique story with the brothers carving out and living in the caves. Fun little detour when hiking the more challenging hikes in the ares.

off road driving
6 months ago

Three caves carved out of rock where two men lived.

hiking
6 months ago

Stunning Rod Rocks, arches, small falls, all breathtaking

Beautiful hike. No issues driving up to the coyote gulch in a small suv without 4WD. Someone had fixed a rope at the exit by jacob hamlin arch. I watched people climb up without rope. I used it and made it out just fine.

this would be the most usual route - park at the Water Tanks if 2WD (37.389971, -111.034848) or Coyote Trailhead if 4WD, descend via the Crack-in-the-Rock (37.419111, -110.984897) and down the dunes to the river, passing Stevens Arch (37.433528, -110.979202) and Coyote Natural Bridge (37.416267, -111.027685), camping somewhere along the way and exiting near Jacob Hamblin Arch (37.419008, -111.043115)

at least 120 feet of rope is strongly recommended to exit near Jacob Hamblin Arch, it's fairly steep (see photos), not for the acrophobic - generally an able bodied person will be able to climb up and secure a rope for the less agile. it's also possible to tie a rope, descend near Jacob Hamblin Arch for a day trip, then remove the rope on the way back up. extra ropes are recommended for lowering packs at Crack-in-the-Rock or Jacob Hamblin Arch. DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN COYOTE EVEN WHEN LEASHED.

hiking
10 months ago

kinda the long way to do this - better to drop in at the trailhead via the crack, camp, come out at Jacob Hamlin (150' of rope recommended) - NO DOGS ALLOWED IN COYOTE (it's part of Glen Canyon)

hiking
10 months ago

this route would add on a lot of extra mileage w/o great scenery - better to drop in at the crack at the Coyote Trailhead, camp, come out at Jacob Hamlin (150' rope recommended) - NO DOGS ALLOWED IN COYOTE (it's part of Glen Canyon)

backpacking
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Awesome trail, very fun. Stayed two nights. Entered through crack in the wall, had to lower the packs. A very beautiful trail when the leaves are just turning.
The bathroom by the first waterfall was quite appreciated, though very unexpected.

backpacking
Sunday, October 08, 2017

Very cool hike with arches and huge overhangs. A large selection of camp sites both nights found spots with beach sand and wind protection. Plenty of water just bring waterproof boots.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Worth every minute I the hike. We entered through crack in the law and attempted to exit via the sneaker trail that did not have good enough climbing shoes. We returned the same way we entered and it was worth the 2nd view!

backpacking
Friday, September 01, 2017

I did a 2 day trip that got 11 miles into the canyon, sleeping by Jacob Hamlin Arch overnight. Coyote Gulch is a beautiful, gorgeous hike with no one other than a large party camping at the Arch. However, the Red Well approach was 3 stars. The trail is really sandy and pretty overgrown for more than the first 3 miles. If I were to do it again, I would do the Hurricane Wash approach to spend more time in the gulch and less time in the reedy sandy approach.

As a word of warning, when the trail doesn't always match up on the opposite side during a stream crossing. It's worth doubling back a little bit on the other side to check to make sure you're catching the right trail. The trail is usually removed away from the creek, so if you cross the creek and start following a trail right along the creek, chances are you've caught a deer trail that will end in brush or lead you to a dead end. The human trail is much more sandy than deer trails, which generally just have pushed over reeds.

I've seen some notes on hammocking--some campsites 0.5 mile+ past Jacob Hamlin had some great hammocking trees, but most sites either are overgrown underbrush or don't have the right kind of trees.

I have not ventured much into this trail, but it appears to be difficult and remote, so I gave 5 stars because of that and because the trailhead is very well marked by a road sign right before mile marker 74 on scenic byway 12.
Not even 30 steps into the trail I was met with a rather tall overhang of the mountain. The only way to climb up there was to conquer a boulder the height of my chest. Considering I was alone and with a fractured toe, I opted out right there. But hope to come back one day and conquer this trail. If you are in a great physical shape and looking for solitude with no hikers on the way, this is the one!

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

Super easy hike - the worst part is hiking in the sand during the first 2 miles. This can be done in 2 days but definitely take 3-4 if you want to enjoy the views/play in the water. Went during an extremely busy labor day weekend but still felt like we had the canyon to ourselves for most of the trip.

Please please please practice strict LNT on this hike!! Lots of trash by the Arch, really gross. Other than that this was gorgeous and definitely a repeat.

backpacking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Be prepared.. LoL. First 2 miles (but felt like 5 miles)of soft sandy horse trail.. WEAR wool socks... Sand/Dirt will seep in every crevice.. in the creek trail part some rocks are slippery.. I would of died without my walking pole.. wish I had 2... We hike past big arch Jacob and camped.. next day hiked to end which we found no way out and headed back for lunch in shady first waterfall... Very nice spot to camp if you can snag it.. Views were beautiful and trails were fun.. hike out was treacherous and watch for baby rattlers.. We went beginning of June and stayed 3 days 2 nights.. kid/ family friendly place ♡

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Amazing hike going East to West. Had a blast!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

If your going all the way to the river, plan on 4 days. It can probably be done in 3 but we took it slow to take in the scenery. Got to the arch the first day and decided to hike back out on day two instead of continuing because we had a plane to catch.

You'll be crossing ankle deep water many times so wear appropriate foot wear.

Read several reviews warning there wasn't many places to hang hammocks so we opted for the tents. But there were plenty of available sites where you could hang.

Would definitely do this again if I lived closer.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Such a fun hike! Bring water shoes. You will be crossing the river lots!

backpacking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

Beautiful and fun. Very easy and hiking in and out of the water cools you off. It was nice because you could stop wherever and pitch camp for the night, wake up and continue along the trail.

hiking
Saturday, December 19, 2015

My track was above the canyons of Fifty Mile Creek and Willow Gulch. Not in the actual canyon. Based on zero footprints and documentation on the internet there will be a lot of peace and solitude on this trek. The rivers below are probably not accessible but I didn't search for a way. The track I took and recorded goes to a Lake Powell / Escalante River overlook for some incredible photography opportunities. I have rated this 5 because of the payoff at the destination. The hike itself is difficult and somewhat scenic as you zig-zag through the sandstone hills (looked like petrified dunes to me). Backpacking at it's best. The very end of the trail is where I camped. There was water available in various depressions in the sandstone throughout the hike so a filter will come in handy. Not sure at what times of year they contain water though. Enjoy.

hiking
Thursday, August 06, 2015

Awesome backpacking trip through the UT desert. So many different things to see, plants, lots of lizards and many scenic views along the way. Some of the trail is through deep sand but is worth the trip. Many water crossings along the way, eventually your feet will get wet. About 10 miles to the Jacob Hamblin Arch. Camping right across the stream from the Arch is a great campsite.

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