Rainbow Bridge Backpack

  • March 21, 2013 · 5:00 PM

This is one of the great backpacking trips in the Southwest!

We'll backpack for three days in some of the most remote and beautiful country in the US. On the western slope of 12,000' Navajo Mountain in southeast Utah, we'll enjoy scenic slick rock canyons, beautiful riparian areas, breathtaking vistas, and towering canyon walls.

While Rainbow Bridge is a site to see, the hike to it is just as good if not better. The icing on the cake will be the return boat ride 50 miles through breath-taking Lake Powell.

The journey will include challenging backpacking with 10+ miles of trail day hiking spread over 3 days. The scenery will vary from grand vistas to narrow canyons. We’ll see cliff dwellings, Navajo hogans, and cross multiple creeks and canyons. Each camp will be creek side. On Sunday, we’ll get to Rainbow Bridge, the world’s largest natural arch before boarding a boat for a 2-hour return trip through awe inspiring Lake Powell.

Don’t let the mileage mislead you, this is a tough backpacking trip with lots of ups and downs. This trip is open to paid members who are fit and experienced backpackers. Jump on the wait list and I'll move up those that get to go, there is only room for 7 total as that is all the boat shuttle can handle.

Cost is $175/person which includes the permits ($25), shuttle to trial head ($42) and boat ride back on Lake Powell ($108). No refunds if you cancel for any reason. Details will be sent once you sign-up.

Itinerary/Trip Description:

Thurs (3/21/13) 5:00 pm-- Meet at Fort McDowell North parking area. Look for my Red King Cab Dodge Truck. We will drive to Lake Powell getting in around 11:00pm and car camp at the campground.

Friday -- Get up early, have a quick breakfast and meet with shuttle driver at the Marina by 7:00am. It is about a 2 hour drive from there to the trail head. Hopefully we will be hiking by 9:30.

Saturday  -- Hike all day.

Sunday -- Get up early and hike the last 5-6 miles out to Rainbow Bridge to meet up with the boat that will shuttle us back to the Marina. We will want to get to Rainbow Bridge early enough to take lots of pics. The boat ride back down Lake Powell is spectacular in itself and takes about 2 hours. The boat will drop us at the Marina to pick up our vehicles and drive back to Phoenix.

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  • Marcos S.

    Thank You Fred for organizing this trip! It was a pleasure meeting and spending time with this group.

    March 26, 2013

  • Matt

    Thanks Fred organizing and driving - this was a great trip!

    March 25, 2013

  • Sarae

    Phe-Nom-In-All! Such an awesome trip! Thank you, Fred, for doing all of the organizing! It was such a pleasure to spend time trekking with this group.

    March 25, 2013

  • Sunshine

    Fred - Awesome trip!! Thank you for taking care of all the details. I really do appreciate all that you did to make this trip happen. I am so glad I know you and that I am a part of ABC. Sunshine

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Phred

      Sunshine, it was great seeing you again as well. Looking forward to the next trip!

      March 25, 2013

  • Phred

    Still one of my favorite trips and this group made it even better. Thanks to everyone for such a great and fun weekend!

    1 · March 25, 2013

  • Hans

    Wanted to say THANKS Fred for setting up a fantastic trip! I had a wonderful time in a monumental setting with a super group of people. Looking forward to the next trip. And thanks Sunshine for the description of Moqui Balls. Cheers to all.

    March 25, 2013

  • Sunshine

    Moqui balls are concretions of iron with an outer shell of hematite (iron oxide) with a sandstone center.
    The sandstone center is often stained red or yellow from iron oxides. Occasionally there are additional rings of hematite in the center. Moqui marbles have been called by a lot of different names.
    Moqui marbles, ironstone concretions, navajo cherries, indian marbles or shaman stones.

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Sunshine

    Hey Fred the traffic is really bad on the 101 and I might be up to 20 minutes late. I don't have your phone numbers so leaving a message on the website here and hope that you got it.

    March 21, 2013

    • Sarae

      Hi sunshine, we got your message. See you at frys.

      March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Been wanting to do this for years.

    February 3, 2013

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