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West Rim Glen Canyon, AZ
Description 3 Triplogs 0 Topics
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 Jacob Lake North
Difficulty 1.5    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,300 feet
Elevation Gain 300 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.5
Author fricknaley
Descriptions 93
Routes 170
Photos 2,610
Trips 1,609 map ( 10,838 miles )
Age 39
Location Tucson, AZ
Co-Author Rob del Desierto
Descriptions 128
Routes 91
Photos 4,912
Trips 890 map (1,975 Miles)
Age 33
Location Casa Grande, Az.
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
10  2006-07-21 fricknaley
Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
NPS Glen Canyon Recreation Area
Backpack - No
Seasons - Spring to Autumn
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
0.2  Glen Canyon Dam
0.5  Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's Ferry
0.6  The Ropes Trail
0.7  Hanging Gardens - Page
1.1  Glen Canyon Dam Overlook
1.7  Page Rim Trail
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Like a Mountain Goat
by fricknaley & Rob del Desierto

There is no trail here on the western bank of Glen Canyon at Wahweap Bay and the distance and elevation gains are educated guesses. And who cares, because this is a free-for-all scramble along the cliffs overlooking Lake Powell down to a secluded little peninsula beach. What a treat!

Scramble down the escarpment from the parking area and immediately start playing among the formations and waterfolds. Within minutes you will be standing at the ledge of the cliffs overlooking Lake Powell. The Glen Canyon Dam is to your right. There are amazing sandstone formations off in the distance, and a large part of Lake Powell and Wahweap Bay are to your left. Head out that way, playing along the crazy ledges and enjoying the formations as you go. You will see an isolated little peninsula jutting out into the water about 1 to 1.5 miles down. I just scrambled along aiming for this. A little over half way, the going becomes too steep to travel along briefly and I scrambled up the ridge to the road...WOW sandstone gets hot. After a very brief jaunt along the road it was right back down a small gulley and into the formations again.

Now you can see that you are close to the peninsula as you drop down and further away from the road. There are incredible colors and an amazing flow to the rocks here. Scramble your own route down to the little peninsula, which goes all the way down to the water. An isloated little oasis here, what an incredible place to play in the water and get refreshed. It was totally isolated here, and I saw nobody, except for boateres of course. This was just outstanding and it felt great to cool off on such a hot day.

When you are ready, head up back towards the road, climbing up the ridge. I crossed immediately over the road and climbed up the ridge on the other side. The plan is to hike the ridgeline of buttes and formations back to the car. The sandstone here allows you to climb and walk up at impossible angles because it is so sticky. This must be what a mountain goat or bighorn sheep feels like as they walk up seemingly vertical angles. Good stuff. There are any number of ledges, tables, folds and everything else up along this ridge. Pick your own way. Soon you will see your parking spot. Pick a spot, climb down and walk the short distance back to your car.

Plan on getting wet on this one, if you want. Considering the exposure along the way, it's the highlight of the walk.

I'm giving PageRob co-authorship of this hike because it was his suggestion to go exploring here...Thanks Rob.

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    Directions Preferred Months Apr May Sep Oct
    Preferred Start8 AM Sunrise6:16am Sunset6:46pm
    Road / VehiclePaved - Car Okay
    Fees / Permit

    National Park
    Glen Canyon Entrance Fee - 1-7 Day Vehicle Pass - $15
    Boat fees additional, follow provided NPS link above.

    To hike
    Take Highway 89 from Page north over the Dam. Just past the "beehive" formation is a sign for Wahweap Bay South Entrance on Lakeshore Drive. Turn right here. There is a parking spot just passed the gate on the right. Park here and scramble down.
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