“Reflection Canyon is a must-see that requires nearly 8.5 miles of navigating across singletrack and slickrock.”
— Steve Springer
Lake · Views · Commonly Backpacked
Free overnight permits can be obtained in the Escalante Visitor Center.
This is a challenging route with great views of Navajo Mountain on the way to Reflection Canyon
. Plan to arrive at Reflection Canyon
in time for sunset and then get up for sunrise. Both events result in stunning views that are worth the effort it takes to reach the canyon!
This trail starts at Reflection Canyon
and returns to the trailhead parking area. By taking a more direct route across the slickrock, we were able to cut some distance on the beginning section but lost it later when we went around a mesa that we could have gone over. The slickrock section is not marked at all, and the dirt section has a few cairns, but there can be multiple routes or no visible routes at all depending on when it has last rained. You need to carry all your water for your entire trip, as there is no consistent water source on the trail. The route is constantly up and down but with very little net elevation change.