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Escalante River: Little Death Hollow to Highway 12

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Navajo sandstone and petroglyphs really shine in a beautiful valley.


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6.7

Miles

10.8

KM

Point to Point

5,459' 1,664 m

High

5,211' 1,588 m

Low

431' 131 m

Up

183' 56 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek

Family Friendly Petroglyphs, easy hiking, and stunning beauty make this a great route for the whole family.

Description

The Escalante riverbed is sandy, wide, and shallow and the valley is enclosed by Navajo sandstone. I've edited my GPS track to more closely follow the actual trail but, in practice, you'll probably zigzag across the riverbed as things catch your eye. Don't be surprised if you develop a preference for the south side where the most interesting features are.

Look for the Escalante Natural Bridge along the way, as well as an Anasazi cliff dwelling slightly west of the bridge, which include petroglyphs, and a crescent shaped Escalante Natural Arch another 0.4 miles further west. This hike is ideal in the fall, e.g. early October, when yellow leaves are framed by enormous varnished sandstone walls.

Flora & Fauna

Tamarisk, willow, cottonwood trees, and sagebrush

Contacts

Shared By:

Matthew Kidd

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Steep canyon walls constrain your hiking along the Escalante River.
Mar 31, 2017 near Escalante, UT
Autumn brings bold color to the Escalante River.
Mar 31, 2017 near Escalante, UT
The Escalante Riverbed is nestled within these tall sandstone walls.
Mar 31, 2017 near Escalante, UT
A sliver of a natural arch begins to form along the Escalante River.
Mar 31, 2017 near Escalante, UT
Vibrant autumn leaves greet us as we approach Escalante Natural Bridge.
Mar 31, 2017 near Escalante, UT
Anasazi cliff dwellers had a fantastic view along the Escalante River.
Mar 31, 2017 near Escalante, UT

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