Hiking Project Logo

A loop hike along the Coyote Gulch, Crack-in-the-Wall and the Jacob Hamblin Arch trails.

Your Rating: Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add To-Do · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key






4,782' 1,458 m


3,787' 1,154 m


1,479' 451 m


1,482' 452 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (16°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife


A long day hike or a great overnight loop, this hike explores the scenic and rugged terrain of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Need to Know

Bring a water filter and water tablets if you plan on refilling water in the Gulch, as there have been high levels of E.coli reported. You must also bring a wagbag as all waste must be carried out. If backpacking, be sure to bring at least 20 feet of rope to lower your pack through the Crack in the Wall.


This trail starts at the Coyote Gulch Trailhead and can be done as an overnight loop trail or a long day. You must get backcountry permits at the Escalante Visitor Center if you plan on camping overnight. Per the land management: "All human body waste solids shall be contained and carried out using a portable toilet or a specifically engineered bag waste containment system in Coyote Gulch." Bring wag-bags regardless of whether you'll be doing an overnight or a dayhike in Coyote Gulch. The health of this delicate riparian ecosystem depends on you!

It takes about an hour and a half to drive to the parking spot, which is on a hill next to a large water tank. It is not advised that you go further than this unless you have a high-clearance 4WD vehicle. After parking the car, you head back to the road and continue down and you'll eventually see a sign for the trailhead.

Although the parks department does not maintain this trail, there are some directional cairns that we followed successfully, but be sure to bring a map and compass. Most of the premier camping is closer to Jacob Hamblin Arch, but you can find decent camping throughout the loop.

Note that you must bring about 20 feet of rope to lower your packs, as at one point you have to descend through a thin "crack-in-the-wall" which is not possible with large backpacks. From the crack in the wall, you can continue north towards the confluence of the Escalante River and the Coyote Gulch or follow a path to the left and follow the Coyote Gulch back west, towards Jacob Hamblin Arch.

I went in mid-April and the water was VERY cold and about ankle deep. There were definitely spots where hiking through water was unavoidable so I'd recommend you bring a pair of hiking boot and a pair of water shoes. At the end near JH Arch, there are ropes fixed to the rock that you can use to hike out of the canyon. Once out of the canyon, you head due south on the Jacob Hamblin Arch Trail to return to the water tank.

Trailhead: 37.389971, -111.034848
Crack-in-the-Rock: 37.41911, -110.984897
Down the Dunes to the River
Stevens Arch: 37.433528, -110.979202
Coyote Natural Bridge: 37.416267, -111.027685
Jacob Hamblin Exit: 37.419008, -111.043115

Flora & Fauna

Deer, free-range cows, birds, lizards.


Shared By:

Caitlin Zupancic

Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 9 votes


  5.0 from 9 votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Recommended Route Rankings


in Utah


43 Views Last Month
16,866 Since Apr 6, 2018
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult



Jacob Hamblin Arch will blow your mind!
Feb 1, 2017 near Escalante, UT
Jacob Hamblin Arch
Apr 5, 2023 near Escalante, UT
View from atop the nearby Crack in the Wall.
Jun 11, 2017 near Escalante, UT
Heading into the canyon.
Feb 13, 2020 near Escalante, UT
Fall is a gorgeous time to enjoy Coyote Gulch.
Feb 1, 2017 near Escalante, UT
Remains of a former arch along Coyote Gulch.
Dec 24, 2016 near Escalante, UT


Current Trail Conditions

Add Your Check-In


Jul 1, 2023
Richard Rohr
May 23, 2023
Atsuko Ohtake
Apr 30, 2022
Alex Temus
May 19, 2021
Atsuko Ohtake
May 12, 2020
Brice Sanchez
Apr 7, 2020
Becca Sutton
8h 03m
Apr 6, 2020
Becca Sutton
Mar 23, 2020
Shawn Penick
Hiked to ledge of canyon under darkness and camped till first light. Entered canyon @ Jacob Hamblin Arch Trail. Exit @ Crack-in-the-Rock. 24mi

Join the Community

Create your FREE account today!
Already have an account? Login to close this notice.

Get Started