Explore the most popular wild flowers trails near Escalante with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It was just ok, you're really doing this for the petrified trees. I had already seen them in the Black hills so this was nothing special.

You need to do the optional loop to see a decent amount of the petrified wood which is indeed rather steep.

So interesting! The interpretive guide is helpful to really appreciate this unique hike. It is fairly easy, and worth the time. We were alone on the trail which was an added bonus. The state park is a pleasant spot to rest for lunch by the reservoir- the Frogs sounded great.

A short hike to a great little arch in a wash. Hike up the wash 100 yards to find the tunnel/subway fed by a dry waterfall. The wash is prone to flash flooding so watch the weather.

backpacking
2 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.

This was an excellent way to spend an entire day hiking in a beautiful place. The only downside for me was that I only had a day to enjoy this amazing place.

A nice hike if you have 2 hours, but not a must do. To really see the petrified wood, you need to do the optional trail loop, making the total hike 2.3 miles. $8 entrance fee per vehicle.

Extremely fun trail with great views of the lake and Escalante. The trail is fairly steep in places and is quite rocky as it ascends to the top of a plateau. The normal loop provides some views of petrified wood, but the best wood is on the .75 mile Rainbow loop extension, which drops off the plateau the climbs back up onto it. While slightly more strenuous than the climb to the plateau, the views of the wood and the landscape are totally worth it. The informational pamphlet is worth reading also, as it gives good info on the nature surrounding the trail. I saw about 20 deer on the top of the plateau. Highly recommend this trail with the Rainbow Loop Extension.

Awesome hike! Nice gradual but quick uphill to begin the hike. Levels out to a nice high-desert alpine ridge. Take the extra 3/4 rainbow loop for a much more intimate look with the petrified forest, but be ready to get the blood pumping a little bit on the way back up.

After the 3/4 loop it can get confusing to get back to the main trail since everything starts looking like trails through the pines, but you'll eventually see the way back to the parking lot once you're on top of the ridge looking out into the reservoir!

Worth the $8.

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.

Started at the water tank "sneaker route" trailhead. only make it coyote natural bridge. Will come back and make it to cliff arch someday! There is usually a rope to descend but we were there during the winter and scaled the wall into and out of the canyon as there was no rope. Would not recommend this scramble unless you are able bodied and pretty confident. Rewarding views and solitude make this hike worth it!

Rainbow Loop is a must! Regular nature hike path has some petrified wood but the added on 3/4 mile Rainbow Loop had much more to see and enjoy. It was well worth the add on! Without it, I’m unsure if I would have scored but a 2 or 3. When in doubt, hike it out!

hiking
9 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)

yeah, you could do this. better to go to coyote trailhead, drop in via the crack, camp, come out at Jacob Hamlin Arch (150' of rope recommended) - NO DOGS ALLOWED IN COYOTE (it's part of Glen Canyon)

Not a hard hike down but poorly marked in sections plus you have to navigate a barb wire fence early on. Also unlike some of the other hikes down to CG this one has no great views on the way down

fun hike but a long drive, take water, no cell phone service. Sunset Arch 37.37588, -111.04835, Sunrise Arch 37.37296, -111.04727, Rocket Arch 37.35571, -111.04148, Passageway Arch 37.35461, -111.04176, about 5.5 miles roundtrip going south from the parking lot, more or less in a line going south

Don't go here. Worst hike ever! ; )

Just did this trip last week. To me,there is no better trip than to the deserts of southern Utah. This trip was amazing in all aspects. There were some technical areas, Narrows, and amazing hikes through the bottom of the canyon. I can’t say enough about all the arches that we saw and the beautiful painted rocks and cliffside’s. Everywhere you turn is a beautiful vista. Utah has it all!!

backpacking
11 months ago

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.

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.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Be prepared before you go off-road-gas, snacks, and water! We didn't not have signal after leaving the pavement. You must drive over an hour to get here on a dirt road that can be very bumpy. Follow a maps app to get you to the designated parking areas. Once you park there are no noticeable trails. We used one of the prerecorded trails in the app to find the arch. You won't know it's there until you get close. The hike is easy, mostly flat and in the sand. Not recommended if you have limited ankle mobility. We really enjoyed the journey and the beauty of this natural structure!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Very nice short hike. Definitely the hike to do if u want to see petrified wood. You should always combine with the Sleeping Rainbow loop. Beautiful colors.

This is a lovely trail that features vertical stone walls in either side, an arch, and a pretty waterfall. I found it very nice indeed.

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Good educational trail and the petrified woods are amazing! Good for kids, nice view of the reservoir from the top.

very nice, recommend taking time and read the pamphlet they give you. great views all around the top.

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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Beautiful views of the lake, with lots of petrified wood along the trail. Short enough trail for the younger kids. Bring water, not a lot of shade and make sure you grab a trail guide on the way up to identify the markers.

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 ♡

entered and left at jacob hamlin arch - had to get a boost out and a lift up at the same time. good thing other people were there. if I was to do it again, I'd be sure to take 120 feet of decent climbing rope, something that wouldn't rip the skin off my hands if I slipped, tie it on the way down and use it to get out. the hamblin way in is STEEP

the rope was still there last week so i did coyote gulch in and out of the jacob hamblin route. ;) beautiful! would love to go back and camp there.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Short steep trail (not bad), which goes to covered wagon bridge. It's not spectacular and you can walk under and on top of it. What's was cool was: Keep walking around the trail from the bridge, say 50 to 75 yds (on level ground) and there is a very cool subway carved alcove that's perhaps 100" around (it's a half circle that makes it seem like a large cave--it's not dark or anything). Kids would love it. No one for miles around when we went there.

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