backpack coyote gulch - April 30, 2015

Coyote Gulch is one of the gems of the Escalante area, and must be seen to be believed: beautiful red rock, arches, and a cool stream oasis in the desert. Fifteen miles spread over three days makes for a moderate workout, the longest day is the first, at 8.5 miles, and the shortest day is the last, starting right out with a half a mile grunt up a sand hill trail to the exit 'crack'. Plan to keep the group small and manageable, there is some sand road, so 4WD drivers will be given preference over 2WD, but we only need 3 4WDs. Drive down on Thursday, I plan to leave at noon to get there and set up before dark, but a followup group could come down after work and find our camp at the Red Well trailhead. Friday we will hike in to the Jacob Hamblin Arch, where there is water and a toilet. Saturday we will continue on down canyon, past the Coyote Natural Bridge, visiting the nearby indian ruins and artwork, and hopefully it will be warm enough for a swim at the exotic Black Lagoon, before hiking on down canyon to camp near the exit trail junction. Those with the energy and will can hike the mile on down to the confluence with the Escalante River, last year three of us hiked up into the opening of Stevens Arch. Sunday morning we will get an early start to get the uphill section in before it gets hot, which will give us time to stop for a couple of hours on the way back out the Hole in the Rock Rd to stop and run through Peekaboo and Spooky, two short and delightful little slot canyons that we drive right by, on our way to being home Sunday night. This trip has been postponed from its originally scheduled dates, and rescheduled for the next weekend due to the statewide storm moving in with the prospects of multiday rain and thundershowers. This place is not where you want to be in that condition, we will hope for the best the next weekend, which is the other alternative I have, realizing that some people have made special arrangements for the original weekend and may not be able to make that switch. This is a special trip, but neither the canyon, nor the road to get there and back, are compatible with multi day thunderstorms.

Organizer:Rick Thompson
Date:Thu Apr 30 2015 — Sun May 3 2015
Meeting Place:Registration required

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