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Cathedral Wash

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2.9 Miles 4.7 Kilometers

270' 82 m


-270' -82 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (5°)

3,435' 1,047 m


3,165' 965 m


Shared By Almonzo Wilder


Minor Issues 66 days ago
Some Mud - A fine hike until a little over halfway, when a deep-ish puddle prevented us from going further. Someone more willing to wade, or to edge past on the narrow overhang, would be able to proceed. History

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

Almonzo Wilder

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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.

Need to Know

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


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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Jan 10, 2019
Alaina Zulli
Nov 11, 2018
Jamie Kowalczyk
Oct 19, 2018
Brett W
Jul 25, 2018
Norbert Gerss
Jul 22, 2018
Annie Kang
May 27, 2018
Matt Hage
2mi — 1h 00m
Mar 20, 2018
Mary Wilde
If the drops look too daunting, keep looking; there is always another way!
Mar 20, 2018
Jamie Kowalczyk
Incredibly fun- some tricky areas with climbing involved, shouldn’t do alone again. Getting to the Colorado River is the best reward

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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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