1 review Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument #19 hike out of 53 in
1 hrs 40 min
This is a easy one way trail to Phipps Arch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
This trail goes by Maverick Bridge.
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Beautiful hike with 3 knee deep river crossings and some very challenging navigation at the end to actually get up the butte to reach the arch. The "trail" on GAIA is only a generic route, it will not direct you to the only way up the butte. My track shows how we searched and finally found the one way to ascend the butte.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Near start take short ladder to stay on trail. Wade in river 3 times between mile 0.9-1.5. In Phipps wash cross barbed wire fence on far right. Climb up final butte has only one spot through 6’ band of vertical rock, with a pile of rocks as a step up to reach hand holds. Arch not visible until you are 100’ away.