Utah:Grand Staircase Escalante- National Monument

Join us for our annual week long spring break adventure trip. This year we are headed back to Utah to hike Zion and Bryce National Parks and Grand Staircase Escalante-National Monument. Most of the hikes will take place in Escalante-National Monument. The Grand Staircase area of Utah is known for its famous slot canyons. So, if this sounds like your cup of tea I hope you will join us for another great spring break trip with the Southern Sierra Hiking Meetup group! 

Pic from our last trip to Utah


                         Tentative Hiking Itinerary

Saturday: Leave Bakersfield at 7:30 a.m. on April 12th and stay in Hurricane for one night “only”. Hurricane Utah is located about 8 to 9 hours from Bakersfield. No one is required to caravan with us for those who may want to leave earlier or later. We will meet in Hurricane in the evening at a time and place to be announced later to discuss the next days hiking schedule. 

Sunday: Hike to Angel’s Landing “or” Cable Mountain before heading to Escalante. Angel’s Landing is a world famous hike of 5 miles with an elevation gain of 1500 ft. We may combine Angel’s Landing with another hike or sightseeing opportunity on our way to Escalante. For those interested in a more challenging hike Cable Mountain is a 16 mile hike with an elevation gain of around 3,000 feet. After our hike we will go to the town of Escalante where we will be staying for the nights of April 13th through April 15th.

Monday: Hike to Peek-A-Boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Gulches. These slot canyons and Gulches are three of the most famous slot canyons in Utah. The hike involves scrambling and exploring some very narrow canyons. If you are claustrophobic I wouldn’t suggest this hike. The total distance of the hike is around five miles or perhaps more if we decide to do a bit of exploring.

Tuesday: Hurricane Wash/Coyote Gulch/Crack in the Wall or Willow and Fortymile Gulches or Pine Creek Canyon/Box-Death Hollow Wilderness…We will be only be doing “one” of these three hikes and the specific hike will not be determined until we check out the latest trail conditions with the visitor center in Escalante. All of these hikes are less than ten miles with minimal elevation gain. More details will be announced the day before this hike.

Utah Canyon


Wednesday: Travel day to Kanab. On the way to Kanab we will stop and hike Willis Creek Canyon and if time do a short hike in Bryce Canyon National Park. Willis Creek Canyon is a five mile slot canyon hike. The hike in Bryce Canyon is also around five miles. We will be staying in Kanab for the nights of April 16th through April 18th.

Thursday: Wire Pass/Buckskin Gulch Hike: Buckskin Gulch is the longest and one of the most famous slot canyons in Utah. This hike will probably cover somewhere between 7 to 10 miles depending on water levels and how far we want to go that day.

Friday: Hike to Hackberry Canyon and Yellow Rock. Hackberry Canyon is a five mile hike which combines a narrow canyon with a spectacular Navajo sandstone dome formation called Yellow Rock. Yellow rock is a swirling mix of white, orange, red, yellow, rust and mauve.

Saturday: Leave Kanab and head back to Bakersfield. Kanab is about 9 hours from Bakersfield. On the way back we “may” stop to explore Snow Canyon State Park which is located about ten miles north of Saint George. 

Yellow Rock


Important notes:

1. Almost all the hikes will be in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument near the towns of Escalante and Kanab. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is best known and world famous for slot canyons.

2.  While you don’t need any technical skills or equipment to go on any of the hikes some of the hikes do involve scrambling on rocks and hiking through water, hopefully no deeper than to our knees.

3. If you are looking for someone to carpool with or share hotel/campground I encourage you to post your request in the comment section under the Utah Spring break meetup. All carpool and hotel/camping arrangements are made by individuals…not the organizers… We will be staying in the town of Hurricane on April 12th, Escalante April 13-15th and Kanab April 16th-18th.

4. No one is required to hike with us every day and we recognize that some of you may not want to hike every day.

 5. We do not meet for breakfast as a group but do gather together each  evening for dinner for those who want to join us.

 6. When you are carpooling with others each day make    sure you share in the cost of gas.

7. Finally, if you decide to not join us for this trip please change you’re RSVP…and…if you are on the waiting list I suggest you go ahead and make arrangements because a number of people generally cancel. If you have any other further questions please contact, Bill Baugher, Scott, or Tony.

Beautiful Slot Canyon

*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers, and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking Club from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.  YOU are responsible for YOU. 






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  • Glenn G.

    Photos taken by Chris are on the smugmug link:
    http://chrishatcher.smugmug.com/Travel/2014UtahTrip/40660117_Fnt8CX

    1 · May 15, 2014

    • Gina

      Glenn, please thank Chris for posting these awesome photos!

      1 · May 16, 2014

  • Jerry G.

    Great sites, hikes, company, and trip!

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Glenn G.

    Wonderful trip of a life time.

    2 · April 21, 2014

  • Tony S.

    Thanks Bill for organizing and designing another week long adventure. Utah has so much to offer those who like slots, colors and scrambling! Great group also!

    4 · April 20, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Your welcome Tony...It was another great trip with a great group of people.

      1 · April 20, 2014

  • Leslie M

    Great hiking trip and very welcoming group :)

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Jill W.

    Thanks Jerry K. for making camp reservations so easy for the rest of us. Thank you to Bill for putting this together. Still seeing red rocks in my dreams.

    2 · April 18, 2014

  • Gina

    Thanks to the organizers of this trip, it is simply amazing! And thank you to all for teaching me new techniques, helping me in tight spots and all-around good fun!

    2 · April 18, 2014

  • Gina

    My stuff is packed! Oh my gosh: a week of stuff will certainly fill up our SUV. I'm so excited for the upcoming week and to meet new people!!!

    2 · April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Note: Utah is 1 hr. ahead of California.

    2 · April 11, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Hi all....I'll be making reservations for dinner at Hell's Backbone Grill in Boulder (20 miles north of Escalante) during our stay in Escalante. If anyone is interested in joining, please post! It's the best food in/near Escalante and $$ rated.

    4 · April 10, 2014

    • Gina

      I prepared a Resturant list and sent it to Bill. I'll bring a few copies with me.

      3 · April 11, 2014

    • Denise D.

      We may well be setting up camp on Sunday night, but Monday would be great for me.

      2 · April 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm new to this hiking group. I often travel and hike in Utah, and I am very interested in doing some of these hikes. Have these been scouted already or are these exploratory? Just that I like to reach the destination, and with some groups, they get lost or are confused and do not complete the hike goals. For anyone that may be interested, I'm game for a Utah trip, by my own Meetup group, and am willing to drive taking up to 4 passengers, provided that we get to know each other beforehand. I seek to do the Wave, Buckskin Gulch, Calf Creek, and a few other hikes. Have a NPS annual pass, so riders with me don't pay any entry fee. Also lodge at economy inns or camp. Fine dining is a requirement for me, accommodations for diet or slow hikers is fine.

    April 10, 2014

    • Bill B.

      We have done some but will be exploring others....We generally don't get lost and do reach our destination...and, while we may not have done some of the hikes we do a good job of researching hikes we do.

      4 · April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    For an added bonus to this trip, there's a lunar eclipse in the early morning hrs. of apr. 15th. Great if you feel like getting up at 1am.

    3 · April 10, 2014

    • Gina

      Alice, I'm so going to google this eclipse! Thanks for the info.

      April 10, 2014

  • Holly

    Oh, my misunderstanding of description you gave.

    April 10, 2014

  • Holly

    I'm sure you already know this, but group size hikes are limited to 12.

    April 10, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Thanks Holly, yes I was aware of the group size which is why many of the hikes we will be doing in two groups...So sorry you won't be joining us for our planned hikes.

      April 10, 2014

  • Holly

    I'm bowing out of planned hikes, & will do some exploring on my own or w/ a few others ;)

    April 10, 2014

  • Holly

    I'm bowing out of planned hikes, & will do some exploring on my own or w/ a few others ;)

    April 10, 2014

  • ML

    If you do this next year, I am in! Looks like a great time. Beautiful.

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Jerry K.

    All spots are now taken at Escalante and Crazy Horse. Jill, Denise and Holly have the last open spots.

    1 · April 3, 2014

    • Jill W.

      I checked out the Escalante site. Looks good!

      April 6, 2014

    • Jerry K.

      Thanks... Looking forward to checking out a new area and hiking with you all again.

      1 · April 6, 2014

  • Jerry K.

    Still have room for 3 more in camp site in Escalante State Park. Scott + 1 has joined Alice, Kerry and me. Its just Alice Kerry and me in Kanab.

    April 2, 2014

    • Jerry K.

      They are yours. Camp site in Escalante is at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park site W119. See you there...

      April 3, 2014

    • Jerry K.

      Also the camp site in Kanab is at the Crazy Horse RV Park. They will give us the site # when we get there.

      April 3, 2014

  • Jill W.

    Denise and I will be riding together and plan on driving up Sunday and driving back Thursday after a brief hike.

    April 2, 2014

  • veronica p.

    I'm sorry i just got a new job and i will be working during this time:( but hope everyone enjoys themselves!

    March 31, 2014

  • Gina

    I bought "Canyoneering 3" by Steve Allen, has a lot of Escalante info in it so far. Anyone else read it?

    March 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I 'd like to correspond with another tht wouldn't mind sharing space. I've never backpacked, with guidance I could try it. Myb split it up.

    March 3, 2014

  • Keio O.

    Well, I did the $ math, and I bit off more than I can chew, so I'd better not go. REALLY sorry, I'd love to spend time with you all. Many thanks to Leslie and Alice for the kind travel offers, and Bill and Tony for encouragement. : (

    February 24, 2014

  • Leslie M

    Keio
    You are welcome to drive over with me but I have to leave the trip early (on Wednesday). So I don't know if that will work for you.

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Keio, you can drive with Kerry and I but we are camping every night except the first night in Hurricane (Days Inn) Jerry has made camping reservations for the rest of the nights and there is room for more people. Kerry and I both live in Tehachapi so you will have to drive here the morning of the 12. We plan to leave early in the morning. You can leave your car in my driveway, it's a safe neighborhood. Let us know asap.

    February 22, 2014

  • Keio O.

    Hello. I just got bumped from the wait list to "attending"! Is there anyone that has room in their vehicle for another car travel companion, or are most of you flying?

    February 21, 2014

  • Jerry K.

    Also working on camp site in Kanab.

    February 21, 2014

  • Jerry K.

    So far Alice, Kerry and I are camping in Escalante State Park. Jill may join us but is not sure as to when she will join us. I have a site that will allow up to 8 people if anyone else wants to camp.

    2 · February 21, 2014

  • Gina

    Love this itinerary! We have all our hotel reservations made.

    February 17, 2014

    • Gina

      Hi Tony, Hurricane: Comfort Inn. Escalante: Circle D. Kanab: Best Western.

      February 18, 2014

    • Tony S.

      We will be staying at Comfort Inn, Prospector Inn, and Best Western Red Hills in Kanab.

      February 18, 2014

  • Leslie M

    Also Staying in Hurrican Comfort Inn Zion for 1 night and Canyoneering 1 full day on Sunday April 13

    February 18, 2014

  • Leslie M

    I will be staying at the Canyons Bed and Breakfast

    February 17, 2014

    • Gina

      Leslie, that place looks so nice! Have you stayed there before?

      February 18, 2014

    • Leslie M

      I have not but the reviews were good and it looks nice so I'll give it a try

      February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I plan to camp most nights and would like to share a camp spot.

    1 · February 4, 2014

    • Jill W.

      I want to camp also to keep costs down.

      February 4, 2014

    • Jerry K.

      I could also camp and share the cost of the site.

      February 4, 2014

  • Jill W.

    Very excited about this itinerary

    3 · February 1, 2014

  • Denise D.

    Has anyone started making reservations - I was looking at camping possibilities in Escalante, and hoped that we could all camp at one spot like in Sedona.

    February 1, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Hi Denise, I suspect that most of us will probably stay in hotels this time around because the average low temperature for Escalante is 32 degrees for this time of year....

      February 1, 2014

  • Denise D.

    Can't wait - looks great!

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Carol

    Hi Bill, I did sign up so I can get the information. Please keep in mind that I will not be able to go.

    January 15, 2014

  • Carol

    Hi Bill, I cannot go but having gone in your north coast trip last summer With such good hikes I would live to know what hikes you have planned for this trip for future reference. I want to see this area. Good luck! Carol

    January 13, 2014

    • Carolyn Gray S.

      Hi Bill, I would be more interested in this one over the Canadian Rockies. If there's room, perhaps Jacob and I can attend. Do you have any info you can email me on this trip to consider?

      January 15, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Carolyn, go ahead and sign up for this trip so I can send you updates regarding lodging and specific hikes in the near future which will only be sent to those who have signed up...

      January 15, 2014

  • Carlos

    sounds exciting. Have never been there in spring. I don't know if we can explore the narrows during spring.

    January 12, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Carlos, hiking the narrows is not on our agenda because the water levels are generally too high and the water too cold during the spring season....

      January 12, 2014

    • Carlos

      Bill - thanks. I wasn't sure. I had done it at the end of summer. Even then, I found myself hustling due to some flash flooding once.

      January 13, 2014

  • Carlos

    I've jogged (many years ago) up to Angel's Landing a few times. It was an easy hike (in my youth) and it provided a great view of Mount Zion.

    January 13, 2014

  • Jan G.

    If the spring weather is nice, try The Box-Death Hollow near Escalante. Is beautiful. I did it in summer though. I also suggest the Esplanade in the western part of the Grand Canyon, Kanab Creek Wilderness area. Nice campground at Toroweap. I will be working at this time or I'd love to go. My spring break is late march

    January 12, 2014

    • Bill B.

      Thanks for suggestions Jan...I'll be looking into your suggestions!

      January 13, 2014

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