Hiking The Escalante River Trail

The 9th most popular hiking trail in Utah.

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Starting in Escalante in the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, the Escalante River Trail runs 70+ miles from town east and southeast to Glen Canyon.

For a shorter hike, try Escalante to SR12, just south of Boulder. The signed trailhead is just east of Escalante. This moderate hike is in and out of ankle to knee deep water along the scenic upper Escalante River canyon. There are opportunities for side trips up Death Hollow and Sand Creek. The hike ends at the Highway 12 bridge trailhead. Flash floods are always a danger.

Overall, Escalante River Trail is the 9th most popular hiking trail of all 38 hikes in Utah. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Escalante River Trail including Lower Calf Creek Falls, Paria River Canyon and Wolverine Loop.

Escalante River Trail (UT/US)

Escalante River Trail (UT/US)

Escalante River Trail (UT/US)

Escalante River Trail (UT/US)


Local Contact(s):  BLM (435) 826-5499; Utah Tourism (800) UTAH-FUN; Escalante Outfitters (435) 826-4266

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Utah" from Bill Schneider

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Base Camp:  Prospector Inn, Escalante

Luxury Loding:  Boulder Mountain Lodge, Boulder (800) 556-3446

Breakfast Restaurant:  Trailhead Cafe, Escalante; Burr TrailPost, Boulder

Reference Source:  click here https://www.blm.gov/utah

GPS:  37.7761, -111.4188

Date Published:  1/6/2016

Date Updated:  6/27/2016

ID:  13998


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