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chopchopturtleboy favorited a route, Escalante River - 76.7 mi 
Favorited on May 23, 2017

Escalante River

76.7 mi 
chopchopturtleboy favorited a track, Coyote Gulch to Escalante River - 21.3 mi 
Favorited on May 10, 2017

Coyote Gulch to Escalante River

21.3 mi 

This was a long day hike on the middle day of a 3-day backpacking trip. The scenery in this gulch, or canyon, is amazing. There are several horseshoe bends in the stream where it has eroded its way back into the sandstone, leaving overhanging cliffs 200 feet tall arching out over the trail.

Jacob Hamblin arch is about 2 miles downstream from the confluence of Hurricane Wash and Coyote Gulch. It is massive, and very close to the stream and the trail, so you can get nice close-up views of it. However, you can't see it from very far away so it is difficult to get a complete photograph of it.

Coyote Bridge is another 2 miles downstream. Here, the stream flows through a natural bridge. It is a beautiful little spot, and you walk right through it following the stream down the canyon.

Further down the canyon you will see Cliff Arch, high up on the north side of the canyon.

Just before Cliff Arch there is a waterfall that requires some boulder scrambling to get past. Below Cliff Arch is a more difficult waterfall. There are several false trails that led me astray here, leading to dead ends. The real trail scrambles up and across a loose talus slope on the south side of the falls, and puts you on a ledge above the stream. Follow closely along the edge of the ledge and look for a steep slick-rock slope where you can get back down to the stream. There seems to be only one spot where this is possible.

Near the confluence with the Escalante River, I followed the trail up a huge sand slope on the south side of the canyon, getting up onto a shelf where I had a nice view of Stevens Arch. Then I retraced my steps (more or less) back to camp.

This route requires numerous stream crossings, but the stream is small, and I was able to wear my hiking boots most of the way without getting any water inside. A couple of miles from the bottom, some of the crossings looked difficult, so I switched to sandals and did some minor wading.

Note that the position and especially the altitude data have some large errors at time, due to the difficulty of getting a good GPS signal in the canyon.