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.
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.
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.