White Pocket, AZ

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The double Arch fooled me
by kanode

White Pocket is in an area of swirling twisted multicolored rock 5 miles due east of the Cottonwood Teepee trailhead. You can see the White Pocket monolith from some of the high points at Cottonwood Teepees. White Pocket can be visited on its own or as part of a trip to South Coyote Buttes. The road is a 4WD high clearance road due to soft powdery sand and sand ruts. Snow or rain may also make the road impassable. The drive took 50 minutes for 8.5 miles over frozen sand on a January trip. If you can make the drive to Cottonwood Teepees, the drive from there to White Pocket is just more of the same.

A BLM permit is not required for White Pocket, so this trip is a good substitute if you can't obtain a permit for Coyote Buttes.

The hike from the cow pie-filled parking lot to the rocks is only 0.2 miles on a wide sandy path. From there, it's a matter of wandering through and over the rock formations without established routes. There's a fence north of the main "brain" rocks which you may have to workaround. The Zion National Park Website's Paria Canyon - White Pocket page suggests hiking around the White Pocket monolith, but we didn't have time for that. We spent an hour and a half in the area, which was sufficient to get a feel for the area, but there's a lot more to explore. The Web site cautions about not breaking off fins, but I didn't see any like those at Coyote Buttes South: Cottonwood Teepees.

I suspect the White Pocket monolith is named for the pockets in the "brain" rock near the trailhead, but I haven't been able to confirm that. In any case, there are about a dozen pockets in the rock. They are off to your right at a 45-degree angle at the end of the path from the parking area.

You'll also notice an impressive double arch in the cliffs to the east. I took several photos of the arch, including some with a 12X zoom. I didn't realize until cropping the photos at home that it's not an arch but merely two shallow alcoves in the cliff.

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2008-01-23 kanode
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    From Kanab, drive 40 miles east on Highway 89. The turn onto House Rock Valley Road is located on the south side of the road (right side driving from Kanab). It is located between mile markers 25 and 26, before a sweeping left-hand curve in the road, prior to a guard rail protecting the curve. Slow down and turn right just before the guard rail. This north-south running road is House Rock Valley Road. The road soon becomes dirt and may be impassible if wet. Continue past the Wirepass Trailhead (8.4 miles from Highway 89) to the Utah - Arizona state line. This is the border of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah and the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. Keep driving south for another 8.1 miles past the Wire Pass Trailhead and look for the dirt road that turns left and to Lone Tree Reservoir. At this point, there are two options to arrive at Poverty Flat. Poverty Flat is the junction to the east which is necessary to locate to continue further to either Cottonwood Spring (South Coyote Buttes) or White Pocket even further to the east.

    Turn left at Lone Tree Reservoir and follow the main, sandy 4WD road to the east for 2.5 miles to the Paw Hole trailhead. Beyond Paw Hole the road becomes even deeper sand and may require tire deflation to prevent becoming stuck. The next 3 miles to the Windmill at Poverty Flat Ranch is deep sand and quite rugged in places. The road will pass through two gates. Close the gates after passing through them.

    - Alternative route to the Poverty Flat Ranch and Windmill Intersection: At the Lone Tree Reservoir/ House Rock Valley Road Intersection you may opt to continue another 4 miles to the south on House Rock Valley Road to the road intersection 1017. Turn left (east) on 1017 and then travel 3 miles east to the junction bearing northeast and another 3 miles to Red Pocket. Traveling northeast for another 2.5 miles puts you at the Ranch and Windmill, and the junction to either Cottonwood Spring or White Pocket. This option of driving is longer, but does not require 4WD until after the Windmill.) Once at the Windmill, travel northeast passing the windmill just on your left and a group of buildings on your right. The road now becomes quite sandy as it ascends a hill, toward a large water tank resting on a knoll 100 yards away. Be sure to keep up the momentum and follow this sandy road to the east and then north for 1.8 miles until it arrives at a corral and fence. At this point, the road will turn right and follow alongside the fence for a short time and continues east for 2.8 miles, and then steers northeast for another 1.5 miles and ends in a very sandy area by a lone juniper tree. This is the parking area and trailhead. "White Pocket" monolith will have been visible during the drive at various times, and at the trailhead/parking area it is just a half-mile to the west. There is no formal trail established, but it will soon be evident that wandering and exploring is the main fare. Immediately from arriving, and walking toward "White Pocket" the slickrock formations will lure and amaze with the unique colors and texture. Take time to look over the extensive formations and then maybe drop down into the valley below and head for a circumnavigation of the "White Pocket" monolith to the west? There is much to see, but remember to tread lightly and preserve the landscape as you found it.
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