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Middle Route Trailhead to Cobra Arch, UT

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 6.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,971 feet
Elevation Gain 300 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.1
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30  2011-04-17 PaleoRob
15  2011-04-17 ToadOfTheRocks
21  2009-09-15 georgesteel
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, Mar, May → Early
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:04am - 5:19pm
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Paria Canyon
Paria Canyon
3.0 mi away
38.0 mi
Long Canyon - West Clark Bench
3.1 mi away
1.5 mi
94 ft
Paria River Rimrock Toadstools
Paria River Rimrock Toadstools
4.7 mi away
3.9 mi
500 ft
Buckskin Gulch TH to Wire Pass
Buckskin Gulch TH to Wire Pass
4.8 mi away
4.4 mi
Cottonwood Canyon
Cottonwood Canyon
5.8 mi away
47.0 mi
Coyote Buttes North - Wire Pass TH
Coyote Buttes North - Wire Pass TH
6.0 mi away
6.0 mi
1,136 ft
Wire Pass
Wire Pass
6.0 mi away
1.7 mi
-200 ft
Buckskin Gulch - Wire Pass to Paria River
Buckskin Gulch - Wire Pass to Paria River
6.0 mi away
28.4 mi
314 ft
Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch
6.0 mi away
3.4 mi
183 ft
Cat Stair Canyon - Car Wash
Cat Stair Canyon - Car Wash
6.2 mi away
0.5 mi
63 ft
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Sandy Slog to Snakey Arch
by ToadOfTheRocks

First, take more water than you think you need, the deep sandy nature of this hike is exhausting. Please sign in at the register due south of carpark. Near the register, there is a sign stating the hazardous nature of the Middle Route Trail that descends a steep, slick route into the middle part of Buckskin Gulch--not the goal of this hike. A fee is required if you are heading down into Buckskin Gulch.


From the trailhead go about a 1/5 of a mile to a drop-off, hop or walk over the fence to the right and find a cairned route that descends a small bench then south down a crack that contours down to the bottom. It's a little tricky with loose rock, so take your time. Once on the bottom find a cairned route through the slickrock and make your way down to the flatter, sandier area near Buckskin Gulch to the south. Stay low and about 1/4 to 1/8 of a mile from Buckskin to avoid too many ups and downs in the deep sand dunes. There is a faint cow/hiker trail that can be followed, but remember too keep going east.

The ridgeline you originally descended extends south to a point, then back north in a horseshoe shaped valley, then south to another point as you hike along. At the 2nd point you will see a sandslide and strange red rock formations to the right or south of the sandslide. Cobra Arch is at the eastern end of these red rock formations, that look similar to the Wave area, due south of the arch and across Buckskin Gulch. If you go past the red rock, and don't see Cobra Arch, turn back and re-search the area. Enjoy the unique arch, return the way you came.

Side trips possible south to Buckskin Gulch overlooks, which are about a 1/2 mile from arch.

ToadOfTheRocks
    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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    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    Take Highway 89 from Page, AZ heading towards Kanab, UT turn south between mileposts 21-22 at the Paria Outpost on the well graded, dirt Forest Road #750 (zero your odometer here). Drive straight past the Outpost through a few gates (leave them open or closed, as the case may be) and soon the road begins climbing beside Long Canyon. The road in Long Canyon is passable in dry weather only, as it is comprised of claybeds. The road ascends out of Long Canyon on a ridge that has drop offs on both sides. It would be insane to do when wet or frozen, check out the car at the bottom of the creekbed to the left, they didn't make it. Stay left at the road junctions at miles 4.0, 4.3, and 4.4. At the 5.0 mile point stay straight on FR #750, the road becomes extremely sandy beyond this point. If the sand is dry use caution, my 4runner struggled in 4WD. The closer to the trailhead you get the sandier it gets!! At the 7.7 mile point you will pass through a fence line. You will need to park after the fence on the right under a juniper tree near the trail register for the Middle Route Trailhead.
    page created by ToadOfTheRocks on Apr 18 2011 5:34 pm
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