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Holiday Hiking near Kanab, Utah--Moderate to Strenuous

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  • I plan to drive to Kanab, Utah on Tuesday or Wednesday December 20-21  and hike every day (as long as no major snow storms occur or are in the forecast) till Friday, December 30. Kanab is situated in the southwestern corner of Utah and is within 60 miles of some of the most spectacular desert hiking in the country. Some of the proposed hikes include hiking at Zion National Park (Checkerboard Mesa and Angel's Landing), Bryce Canyon (snow shoe or hike the Navajo/Peek-A-Boo/Queen's Garden Loop and/or Fairyland Loop), Grand Staircase National Monument (Yellow Rock Loop), Paria Canyon/Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness (Coyote Buttes North or South, Wire Pass, Buckskin Gulch, White Pockets, and West Clark Bench), Lee's Ferry (Cathedral Wash and the Spencer Trail), and the Marble Platform and Grand Canyon (Soap Creek, South Canyon, and possibly a few other slot canyons near Lee's Ferry and House Rock). No dogs are allowed on hikes in National Parks and in some of the protected Wilderness areas, so leave Fido at home if you want to tag along. I most likely will not have a set itinerary, so you could join me for some or all of the hikes but can't tell you what I will do on any particular day. However, a permit is needed to hike in the Coyote Buttes (Do a Google image search for the Coyote Buttes and you will see why it is one of the most amazing desert hikes in the Southwest) and I will attempt to get a walk-in permit everyday until one is obtained. If you want to join me for that one, you will need to be present at the in-person lottery. I plan to stay in a cheap motel or at an Air B & B home for the entire time and can offer some suggestions for lodging if you need some assistance (sorry, but I do not want to share my room). If you are thinking of going give me a call or leave your phone number so I can call you. Most hikes will be in the 8 hour range with no more than 2,500 feet of elevation gain and generally under 12 miles (South Canyon would be the exception with over 3,000 feet of elevation gain in 17 miles). While the hikes may not be as difficult or physical as the hikes I lead in New Mexico, they are still challenging. You should be in good enough shape to hike for most of the day and keep up with me if you plan to attend. May end up camping the last few days of this trip. If you want to tag along, RSVP on the wait list and I will contact you.

    Gear: Snowshoes, gaiters, warm clothing and microspikes (for Bryce Canyon which is around 9,000-10,000 feet in elevation), some type of shoe to wear in the water for river crossings (sandals like Chacos work best) and neoprene socks (Google "water socks"). Hiking poles are suggested.

    Photos from top to bottom: Peak-a-Boo Loop trail (Bryce Canyon NP), Yellow Rock Loop (Grand Staircase NM), Spencer Trail at Lee's Ferry (Glen Canyon NRA), and the Coyote Buttes North (Paria Canyon/Vermillion Clifs Wilderness).

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