Hiking The Escalante River Trail: Harris Wash to Lake Powell

The MOST popular hiking trail in Utah.

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Running through Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, the hike along the Escalante River Trail from Harris Wash to Lake Powell is an intro to dramatic red rock country. It passes through an area of slot canyons, arches, and hanging waterfalls. This 66-mile hike starts at Harris Wash and heads ten miles into the Escalante Gorge. The last five miles before you hit Lake Powell are the Narrows, full of house-size boulders. Once through, head 13 miles up Coyote Gulch to the Hurricane Wash trailhead on Hole-in-the-Rock Road.

To reach the trailhead from Escalante, go 5 miles east on SR 12 and then take Hole-in-the-Rock Road south for 11 miles, until you see signs for the BLM road to Harris Wash. First pick up a free wilderness permit from the interagency office a mile west of Escalante on SR 12.

Overall, Escalante River Trail: Harris Wash to Lake Powell is the 1st most popular hiking trail of all 38 hikes in Utah.


Local Contact(s):  GCNRA (801) 826-5499.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Utah" from Bill Schneider

Best Season:  Mar - Oct

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Luxury Loding:  Boulder Mountain Ranch (801) 335-7480.

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/glca/

GPS:  37.6335, -111.342

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  7/6/2016

ID:  7015


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