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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If you don't have aqua socks or waterproof shoes or whatever this is a really easy hike to do barefoot. I did the 14 mile trail with no shoes no problem, it was really nice to walk through the water the whole way. It is a really beautiful hike and I really recommend going.

I've done this once, and it was amazing. Lucky for me, we went into Coyote Gulch just after the 4th of July in 2011. For those of you who don't remember, that was the summer after the very long 2010/2011 winter. Temperatures were very mild, maybe making it into the 80s. The creek was also flowing the entire time. On day 1 and day 3 of the trip, we didn't see anyone on the trails at all. On the middle day, we saw ~10 total people, and that's because we went on a dayhike from our site. We did need the rope we brought with to lower and raise our packs over the cliff face when first going into the gulch and leaving it. I'm not talking about climbing rope, but nylon rope you'd use to hang clothes on, or secure things in a trailer. I really can't wait to get down there again!


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