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Upper Greenehaven Canyon, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 1.55 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,135 feet
Elevation Gain -171 feet
Accumulated Gain 285 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.98
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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13  2012-06-09 PaleoRob
Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 225
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Trips 1,093 map ( 2,433 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Seasons   Late Summer to Early Spring
Sun  5:29am - 7:36pm
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There's a reason why this slot is not well visited
by PaleoRob

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Greenehaven Canyon is a narrow, short canyon that starts just south of the Arizona border and ends at Lake Powell.

Upper Greenehaven Canyon is a slot canyon - flash floods can be dangerous. Do not enter this canyon if rain is forecast. If you are in the canyon and you hear a flood coming, escape up the canyon walls if possible. Know your escape routes. Page Sandstone is not very cohesive and is very difficult to gain purchase on - climbing up and down slopes that would not be a problem with other dune-laid sandstones (slickrock) are difficult to impossible in the Page.

The hike starts just off of US89, south of Greenehaven. Duck through the barb-wire and proceed to the wash bottom. The wash is broad and sandy at the beginning. Follow the wash as it narrows. There is a minor pourover that can be bypassed on the left about 100 yards from the fence. Take the old cow trail that starts at the pourover. It drops you back down to the canyon bottom, where you continue. The wash bottom is sandy, a preview of the rest of the hike.

About a quarter-mile downstream from the pourover, there is another. This second pourover can be negotiated with ropes, but it can also be bypassed on the right. Follow the cow trails along the rim and up to the ridge top. This will lead to a Page Sandstone ridge, which drops to the confluence of Greenehaven Canyon and a tributary entering from the east. You can easily scramble down this ridge and follow the canyon downstream towards Lake Powell or turn left and go upstream. This description is for the canyon's upper portion, between the large pourover and the fun that can be descended at the side canyon.

Once down the fin, backtrack up the canyon to the pourover. The canyon is not terribly impressive. The Page Sandstone is very crumbly, so there are constant rockfalls to dodge. The walls are never more than 50 feet high in the backtracking section. The upper part of the canyon, between the pourover and the ridge, is also terribly frustrating due to the number of burrs that'll end up in your socks. I had to stop about every minute to pick new ones out, ruining a new pair of socks. Gaiters are practically required.

Once you have exhausted your patience, turn back, climb the fin, and make your way back to 89.

Water Sources
None, save for the lake if you go that far.

The hike is within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which allows "at-large" camping, but few good spots present themselves. You would also be very close to peoples' houses. Go the two miles down the road to Lone Rock if you want to camp nearby.

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2012-06-09 PaleoRob
    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.

    Permit $$

    Glen Canyon NRA National Park
    Glen Canyon Entrance Fee - 1-7 Day Vehicle Pass - $25

    Boat fees additional, follow provided NPS link above.

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Page
    Drive west on US89 North. Cross Glen Canyon Bridge, continue past Wahweap Marina and proceed towards Greenehaven. As the houses of Greenehaven begin to appear, look for the dirt/poorly paved road heading off towards the left (west). You can park in the large gravel pull-off on the highway's west side, across from the wash. Alternately, there is a dirt road paralleling the fence you will have to cross on the highway's east side. Just past the gravel parking area, there is a turn off for the dirt road. High clearance vehicles can turn off and park alongside the dirt road. If you park across the highway from the wash, use caution when crossing. Cars and trucks will be traveling at 65mph and greater.
    page created by PaleoRob on Jun 09 2012 10:06 pm
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