Upper Boulder Creek
ElevationAscent: 1,071' 326 m
Descent: -1,055' -321 m
High: 6,220' 1,896 m
Low: 5,552' 1,692 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“Potholes, sandstone, and the Hogsback characterize this hike through the desert.”— Matthew Kidd
There isn't necessarily a trail, but with a little scouting you should do fine. The exit point was not obvious when we hiked the route, but in returning on the western side of the loop, we followed a wash for a good portion of the way, until a small but obvious cut led us back to the top of the wash. Keep an eye out for this, and it will help you to make your way back to the car.
Our evidently out-of-date guidebook mentioned heading up after nearing an old telegraph line which we later discovered had been chopped down leaving only one-to-two foot posts. The route shown here has been edited slightly to represent a good exit rather than the exact route we took. Once on the Hogsback, multiple routes are possible as long as you are generally headed south. Eventually, you should be able to see your car before beginning the final descent.
Land Manager: BLM Utah - Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument