Halls Creek and Narrows Route (Grand Gulch)
ElevationAscent: 2,455' 748 m
Descent: -2,456' -749 m
High: 5,283' 1,610 m
Low: 3,929' 1,198 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 52% (27°)
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“Best done as a multi-day adventure, the Narrows along Halls Creek are some of the best in Utah.”— Zander Göpfert
At the isolated southern end of the park is Halls Creek Narrows, a deeply carved canyon in the white Navajo sandstone. An enduring stream and cover from the towering canyon walls create a sanctuary in the middle of the surrounding desert.
The round-trip, lollipop hike is best done as a multi-day (3-4 day) trip. The route is not an official or maintained trail by the park. Conditions, including obstacles in the canyons, change frequently due to weather, flash floods, rockfall, and other hazards.
Routefinding, navigation, and map-reading skills are critical for this unsigned route. Do not rely solely on the unofficial route markers (rock cairns) as they are not managed by the National Park Service and therefore may not indicate the route in this description.
Use caution in narrow canyons, especially during flash flood season (typically July–September). Making your way through the narrows requires wading through water that might be deep enough to require swimming.
The rest of the route is mostly unmarked but is more obvious as you continue along the wash down the canyon (south) to the narrows. Look for an old wagon trail that followed this same path and can be seen in a number of places. This wagon path makes for an easier route through the wash.
At the narrows, Halls Creek leaves its logical path down the wide canyon that separates the Waterpocket Fold and Halls Mesa and cuts into the Navajo Sandstone on the west side of the canyon. The change is immediate and dramatic. Look for a large stand of cottonwoods that is near the entrance to the narrows.
For the next 3.8 miles, the creek winds through a deep, narrow canyon that will always require some wading in water. The depth of the pools can change depending on the precipitation and season. Flash floods regularly wash out the sediment, which leaves pools that may require wading or swimming.
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