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Backpack Coyote Gulch

Kane County, Utah

4.7/5
based on 11 reviews

Details

Distance

10 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Colton Marsala

This is the quintessential Escalante canyon trip. You'll explore huge natural arches and massive desert undercuts. This trip is great as a 3 day, 2 nighter, but can also be turned into a 2-5 mile day hike depending on your time.

Easy hiking, water availability, and spectacular scenery make this a "must do" hike. Three days are best to see all this canyon has to offer. You can either make this a 3-5 mile hike or a longer 10-15 mile hike. The perfect trip down Coyote Gulch is three days and two nights. Hike in to Jacob Hamblin Arch on the first day and camp.

There are many great places to camp in the area of Jacob Hamblin Arch. On the second day, leave your gear and day hike down to the Escalante River and back to camp. Hike out on the third day. Be sure to explore some of the side canyons, ledges, and rincons (abandoned river meanders). Watch for wildlife and keep your camera ready!

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Features

Camping
Photography
Backpacking
River
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

Reviews

We chose to do this as a day hike. It was pretty difficult and we were low on water due to not filling up our bottles all the way before hiking out. Disregarding our poor decision making this was an incredible hike

I've done this hike twice now, and both times were incredible. We camped in the bottom of the canyon, and hiked through the stream the whole time. There's an awesome swimming hole off to one side in one place, and there are clean springs you can drink from!

An amazing canyon!

It was super rad! It was my third time here but the first time with my kids, 12yr old boy and 9yr old girl. It was their first backpacking trip, they did great even though they are not sure they want to head out backpacking any time soon. We missed the crack in the wall by 1/4 mile to the south, we saw markers all over the place which was kind of frustrating. We spent two nights down there and hiked out at Jacob Hamblin arch. My 9yr old hated this and was quite scared but with my help she did it and did great! It may have been a bit much for their first trip but I think Coyote Gulch is a magical place and we made some great memories.

Took my wife and three kids (18,15, and 12) down Coyote Gulch over fall break. We started at 40-Mile Ridge and scrambled out at Jacob Hamblin Arch. What a spectacular place, especially after Arrowhead Canyon. The scramble out was difficult (especially with packs) but luckily, someone had fixed a rope for this popular weekend. The scramble out is just before Jacob Hamblin Arch but you really should go around the bend and see the backside of the arch, that is the best view and photo op. The water running down the Gulch is very silty and difficult to filter. But, there are many springs along the way. We filtered water at Arrowhead Canyon. Don't miss the "Black Lagoon" at the head of that canyon. There are supposed to be petroglyphs there too but we couldn't find them. Bucket list location for sure. Awesome trip.

This hike has a special place in my heart as it was my very first backpacking trip. We couldn't make it out of slick rock with our packs but the group ahead of us (experienced climbers) had no problem getting out -- we ended up having to exit out of hurricane wash. Great trail, great views, and a must for your bucket list. Watch out for the ticks!

Absolutely magnificent. The trail from Hurricane Wash made for a hot but easy hike into the gulch. Camped before Jacob Hamblin Arch to avoid the group of tents gathered around its base. Compared to Arches National Park, though, this place was deserted. And in my opinion, Coyote Gulch was more stunning than anything I saw at Arches. The river was cool. The canyon walls were awe-inspiring. Photos don't do it justice.

Our group of 9 explored Steven's Complex and backpacked around ~25 miles roundtrip over a 3 day period. Temperature was perfect during the day and at night in late May. Would highly recommend to everyone.

Lots of little places to explore, river to walk in to cool off, beautiful hike for everyone

The scenery is amazing from start to finish! Another option is to start above the escalante and shuttle to the trailhead, which is about 12-14 miles. When i went the creek was carrying a lot of silt, so bring something to keep your filter from clogging. Would recommend going when it is warmer. They don't allow fires, so late fall to early spring will be very cold.

Leave No Trace

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