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Cathedral Wash

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2.9 Miles 4.7 Kilometers


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270' 82 m

Ascent

-270' -82 m

Descent

3,435' 1,047 m

High

3,165' 965 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

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Short and sweet slot canyon that ends on the banks of the Colorado River. Serious fun!

Almonzo Wilder

Overview

Cathedral Wash is a short and scenic slot canyon with easy access and big rewards. This moderate adventure has no major technical challenges, though there is some scrambling and care should be taken to choose safe routes over ledges and dropoffs. And, of course, any hike in this desert wilderness needs to be taken seriously with respect to heat and weather.
Features: River/Creek — Views

Need to Know

This canyon has potential for flash flooding - avoid if there are thunderstorms in the area.

Description

The trailhead for Cathedral Wash is 1.3 miles north of Navajo Bridge on the road to Lee's Ferry. From the parking pullout head east into lower Cathedral Wash, which at this point is a shallow sandy arroyo. As you walk downstream the canyon walls quickly rise above and the scenery improves dramatically. Further on, the wash develops into a true slot canyon, with high sheer walls, fantastic geology, and not much sunlight penetrating to the canyon bottom.

While most of the walking is easy, there are a few ledges that require some scrambling and care should be taken to scout the best route. Eventually Cathedral Wash opens up at the Colorado River within Marble Canyon. Because the Glen Canyon Dam is not far upstream, the river runs clear and blue here.

Enjoy the scenery, which may include groups of rafters just beginning their trips through the Grand Canyon from the Lee's Ferry put-in spot a few miles above. When you're done soaking in the canyon scenery head back up the way you came.

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Aug 14, 2017
Hope Moore
Awesome but should have brought snacks
May 15, 2017
Scott Crammond
2.9mi
Mar 30, 2017
Alex G
Awesome beautiful hike. Sometimes treacherous but well worth the anxiety. Hearing the great Colorado well before seeing it was impressive. 6mi
Mar 29, 2017
g33ksquared

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Done today.. I lost my family about at 2,5ml, after the big fall.. that was not so difficult but after that there were so many other little falls that it was no more enjoyable for kids of 7y and 9y.. so I left my wife with them (and food and water too) and run to the wash.. spectacular! Jun 10, 2017

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