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!

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking shoes
  • Tent
  • Water sterilizer
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Food
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RT Distance 10 Miles
Activities Camping, Photography, Backpacking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
River
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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Perfect 3-day trip!

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.

Awesome!

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.


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