Canyonlands: Tales from Narrow Places

Adventures in Escalante, PART III – Coyote Gulch

Posted in Utah by canyoneering on March 22, 2010

Coyote Gulch, 2BIII
approximately 10 miles
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument


Across the surreal, slick rock world we went to the edge of Coyote Gulch. We made our way down the “Crack-in-the-Rock”, a narrow crevice behind a sandstone flake that allows access to the sand dunes, which in turn access to the canyon bottom of Coyote Gulch. On the descent we spotted the massive Stevens Arch, a span believed to measure 220 feet. Once we hit the waters of Coyote Gulch. Mike, Eric and David made for a short side trip and headed down Coyote to reach its confluence with the Escalante River as Laura napped creek side with nothing but the sound of wind and water. After returning we all headed up the canyon nearly a 1,000 feet deep, encountering wonder after wonder including waterfalls, quicksand, natural springs, arches and a natural bridge spanning over Coyote Gulch. Though the canyon bottom was filled with trees and vegetation, Spring had not really hit this environment with only the faintest signs of buds on the ends of the trees.

When we spotted the fourth natural arch of the day, Jacob Hamblin Arch, we reached our exit out of the canyon, a steep Class 5 ascent to the world above. From the rim we could see dark and ominous clouds rolling in. We hurried across the slick rock and back to our vehicle as we now spotted rain in the distance. Having to set a new camp to put us closer to the canyons we would be attempting in the next several days in this vast wilderness, we broke down the Dance Hall Rock camp in record time to beat the weather. The precipitation began to fall on the drive to the new camp, but as we gained elevation it came down in the form of snow. We were given a brief reprieve to pitch our tents. As we sat around a campfire in our new home, how naive we were to think the weather  had passed.

.-Laura & David


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  2. Mike said, on March 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I have weird jazz hands in the silouette. Definitly the most scenic canyon.

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