Canyoneering 3

Loop Hikes in Utah’s Escalante

Utah’s Escalante country: a vast jigsaw puzzle of desert canyons, draws, defiles, gorges, slots, and washes demarcating upland expanses of slickrock, benches, and ridges, above which stand towers, pinnacles, and peaks. Inhabited for centuries by the ancient Puebloans and now managed primarily by various federal agencies, it is a land of stark contrasts and unforgettable beauty.

This guide features 37 major hikes designed to satisfy any canyoneer from novice to expert, including 20 in the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. All hikes are designed as loops, eliminating the need to backtrack or car shuttle for those inclined to do the full routes. Dayhikers can choose routes from an hour to all day, backpackers will find multi-day hikes, and those who prefer charting their own course will also profit from the information here.

Aside from the detailed route descriptions, Canyoneering 3 describes 14 road sections plus side roads to ensure time will not be lost finding a trailhead in this often confusing country. Also included are sections on geology, history, equipment, and technical canyoneering. Thoroughly researched, this is now the most comprehensive guide to the wonderland of the Escalante.

Hikes include: Death Hollow; Sand Creek; Boulder Mail Trail; Big Flat Wash, the Escalante River, and the Bowington Road; Middle Boulder Creek; Upper Boulder Creek and Dry Hollow; Phipps Wash; Big Horn Canyon; The Escalante River and the Sand Slides; Red Breaks Canyon; Harris Wash; Egypt 3-The Slot; Lower Harris Wash; Fence Canyon, the Escalante River, and Twenty-five Mile Wash; Twenty-five Mile Wash, the Escalante River, and Scorpion Gulch; Spooky and Peek-a-Book Gulches-The Long Loop; Upper Brimstone Gulch-The Slot; Scorpion Gulch and the Scorpion Horse Trail; Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Gulches-The Standard Loop; Coyote Gulch; Stevens Canyon and the Waterpocket Fold; Stevens and Fold Canyons; The Pollywog Bench Area; Forty-mile Creek and Willow Gulch Everett Russ; Fifty-mile Creek; Sixty Point and Twilight Canyon; Llewellyn and Cottonwood Gulches; Davis Gulch; Clear Creek and the Cathedral in the Desert; Deer Creek; Steep Creek and Horse Canyon; The Gulch and Horse Canyon; Little Death Hollow and Wolverine Creek; Egg Canyon and Lamanite Arch; Silver Falls Creek and Choprock Canyon; Deer Point-An Ascent; Moody Creek Canyons

Steve Allen has explored the canyons of southern Utah for over twenty-five years. He has guided many trips for the Sierra Club and is an instructor for the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education.

Table of Contents:
Protecting the Environment
The Geology of the Escalante Region
The Strata
Man in the Escalante—The Prehistoric Period
Man in the Escalante—The Historic Period
The Art of Travel
Technical Canyoneering
How to Use This Guide

I. Box Death Hollow Wilderness
Hells Backbone Road Section
1. Death Hollow
2. Sand Creek
3. Boulder Mail Trail

II. The Highway 12 Area
Harry Aleson and George White—The First to Run the Escalante

Highway 12 Road Section
4. Big Flat Wash, the Escalante River, and the Bowington Road
5. Middle Boulder Creek
6. Upper Boulder Creek and Dry Hollow

Old Sheffield Road Section
7. Phipps Wash
8. Big Horn Canyon
9. The Escalante River and the Sand Slides

III. Hole-in-the-Rock—The Western Escalante
The Hole-in-the-Rock Expedition
Hole-in-the-Rock—The Story Continues

Harris Wash Road Section
10. Red Breaks Canyon
11. Harris Wash

Egypt Road Section
12. Egypt 3—The Slot
13. Lower Harris Wash
14. Fence Canyon, the Escalante River, and Twentyfive Mile Wash

Early Weed Bench Road Section
15. Twentyfive Mile Wash, the Escalante River, and Scorpion Gulch
16. Spooky and Peek-a-Boo Gulches—The Long Loop
17. Upper Brimstone Gulch—The Slot
18. Scorpion Gulch and the Scorpion Horse Trail

Dry Fork Coyote Road Section
19. Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Gulches—The Standard Loop

Red Well Trailhead Road Section

Hurricane Wash Trailhead Road Section
20. Coyote Gulch
21. Stevens Canyon and the Waterpocket Fold
22. Stevens and Fold Canyons
23. The Pollywog Bench Area
24. Fortymile Creek and Willow Gulch

Everett Ruess
25. Fiftymile Creek
26. Sixty Point and Twilight Canyon
27. Llewellyn and Cottonwood Gulches
28. Davis Gulch
29. Clear Creek and the Cathedral in the Desert

IV. The Burr Trail—The Eastern Escalante
Burr Trail Road Section
30. Deer Creek
31. Steep Creek and Hot Canyon
32. The Gulch and Horse Canyon

Wolverine Loop Road—The Western Entrance Road Section
33. Little Death Hollow and Wolverine Creek

Lampstand Road Section
34. Egg Canyon and Lamanite Arch

Wolverine Loop Road—The Eastern Entrance Road Section (The Moody Road)
35. Silver Falls Creek and Choprock Canyon
36. Deer Point—An Ascent
37. Moody Creek Canyons

The Overland Route—General Description
The Overland Route—Highway 12 to Silver Falls Creek
The Overland Route—Silver Falls Creek to Choprock Canyon
The Overland Route—Choprock Canyon to Twentyfive Mile Wash
The Overland Route—Twentyfive Mile Wash to Scorpion Gulch
The Overland Route—Scorpion Gulch to Fold Canyon
The Overland Route—Fold Canyon to the Fortymile Ridge Trailhead


Praise and Reviews:
“A good source of information on canyoneering in the Escalante region. Allen’s passion for protecting the environment and exploring the land is evident in his writing.”—Utah Archaeology

“Entertaining…invigorating.”—Deseret News

“Can save many hours of time and exasperating search.”— The Denver Westerners Roundup