Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dry Fork Slot Canyon - Coyote Gulch/Escalante

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Length: 4.25 miles roundtrip

Hiking Time: 2 1/2 - 3 hours

Trail: Sand, slot canyon, some climbing and wading required

Equipment: Sturdy, well-fitting waterproof hiking shoes, water and sunblock

Difficulty: Moderate

Area: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Trailhead Location: From Hwy 12, drive 26 miles south on Hole-in-the-Rock Road. Turn left at the sign that says "Dry Fork", and drive 1.7 miles, bearing to the left at the Y, and park at the road's end on the canyon rim.

Dry Fork Trailhead: Trailhead begins at the Dry Fork parking lot's south side. Follow the cairned route that leads down into a side canyon of Dry Fork. Upon reaching the wash bottom, follow it for about 200 yards until it opens up and widens. Turn left (north) and spot the obvious entrance to the Dry Fork Slot Canyon. It is a significant canyon in the rock to the north. There should be a cairn at the entrance.

NOTE: Hole-in-the-Rock Road is rarely maintained, and may be impassible when wet.


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