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Casual trip to Buckskin Gulch, Toad's Stool, White Pocket and Horseshoe Bend

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  • This is a casual, scenic trip by Page, AZ to the most scenic landmarks that area has to offer!  I am taking a few Mommies with Babies, however, if you want to get away, you are welcome to tag along.  I just want to be clear that this is NOT my usual extreme hiking pace with 8-20 miles.  This trip evolves around babies (~1 year olds), so it will be at a pace to carry them, and for them to have fun.  Plenty of picture opportunities if you are looking for a trip with kids, or a casual and leisurely pace.

    While hiking will be involved, it will be casual, slow paced, and limited.

    Plan:  Drive up Friday afternoon / evening, grab a hotel.  You can just drive up super early Saturday if you wish.

    Saturday we'll visit Buckskin Gulch via WirePass.  ~3 miles RT (easy walk with 1 small down-climb we can get everyone through).  Bring $6 cash for permit.

    We'll probably turn around at the confluence of Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch, which will give you a nice feel of the towering 30+ foot walls and the narrow nature of the canyon.  This is as pretty as Antelope Canyon, except you are not hurried, and you don't need to hire a guide for $$$$.

    We'll have lunch somewhere along the way.  If my calculations are right, we should be done by early afternoon, but we need to be flexible. 

    On the way back to Page, I plan to stop by Toad's Stool.  This is a ~1.5 mile RT hike with scenic rock formations.  It should be a 1.5-2 hour visit.  These 2 sights will give us lots of scenery to admire, and adventure that is a "must do and see".

    If we have time, and the sun is still up, we'll stop at Lake Powell for a few minutes.  I know a great spot to take pictures from of this beautiful lake.  Plus we can walk in sand, and soak our feet in the water if it's warm outside.

    We return to the hotel Saturday night (dinner plans may or may not be with group).

    Sunday we'll head back towards the Paria wilderness, and visit the famous and photographic White Pocket.  While this is an only ~0.5 mi RT hike, you can walk another mile or 2 on the White Pockets themselves.  This is a SUPER scenic part of this area, and is fantastic!!!  Please note that for visit the White Pocket you WILL NEED a 4WD or at least a high clearance vehicle.  You'll have to log quite a few dirt road miles to get there, and if unlucky, there could be deep sand.

    On our way home we'll stop at Horseshoe Bend and take photos, which is again ~0.5 miles RT walk.

    Then we'll drive home to Phoenix.

    EVERYONE IS ON THEIR OWN FOR THE HOTELS or other accommodation.  Camping is an option, but the nights are in the low 30s.  You can get rooms between $40-80 per night in Page.  Some hotels allow dogs for an additional fee. 

    If interested, please sign up, but PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THIS TRIP IS FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES (OR SMALL KIDS), OR A SCENIC TRIP TO TAG ALONG WITHOUT EXTREME HIKING.  You are, of course, welcome to tag along and hike way into / through Buckskin Gulch (21 mi to White House) assuming you find a partner(s) to set up a shuttle with.  You can just use the day hiking, and use this an excuse to come up and set up a trip.

    There is plenty of hiking and outdoor opportunities in this area, I can recommend other hikes for Sunday if you don't want to visit the White Pocket, or don't have an appropriate vehicle.

    Questions?  Contact me on PM or text[masked]

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  • Aniko

    Don't forget to make Friday night accommodation reservation. We'll meet Saturday morning for the adventures.

    3 days ago

  • Veronica

    If anyone wants to share a hotel and/or carpool, I will be driving up Friday afternoon ( 1 or 2 PM-ish). I will have my dog, Maya. She's 6 yrs old and very well behaved. PM me if interested. :)

    Aniko, if there are any trails you plan to do that aren't dog friendly, just let me know.

    4 days ago

    • Aniko

      do you have a high clearance or 4WD for White Pocket?

      4 days ago

    • Veronica

      I have a Subaru Forester. 4WD with average ground clearance. As for the 10ft down/up...I don't mind hanging back. My dog is about 50 lbs & although she managed boulder fields in Alaska, I always like to scope out a trail before I bring along.

      1 · 4 days ago

  • Aniko

    Jill, Diane, do you guys have a 4WD or high clearance for White Pocket? If either of you want to share a room with Veronica, and there is another girl not on this site, let her or me know.

    4 days ago

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