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Cataract Canyon (Moab to Hite), UT

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Rated  Favorite Wish List UT > Southeast
4 of 5 by 1
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Distance One Way 110 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,947 feet
Interest Perennial Creek
Dogs not allowed
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Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Sep, Oct
Sun  6:02am - 6:24pm
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The Colorado River from Moab to Hite is known as Cataract Canyon. It involves rapids up to class 4 (out of 5) but can grow to class 5 during high spring snowmelts. A permit is needed from the NPS due to passing through Canyonlands National Park.

It is flatwater for about 50 miles, then about 30 miles of rapids, then about 30 miles of flatwater.

The trip is floated in about 6 days, or with a motor in about 3 days. You must follow all NPS enforced safety rules restrictions and gear.

The low water takeout is before Hite on the north side of the river near highway 95.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Cataract Canyon (Moab to Hite)
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    While the majority of this trip was getting towed by the motor, I kayaked a two man inflatable down the entire the main section including all the big drops.

    Big drop 1 was successfully executed, and Big drop 2 as well with the Boofin Twirl.

    All runs were clean until Satan's gut (Big Drop 3) tried to digest me. My advice is that kayaks should run left down the gut, not right. Leave the right route for the larger rafts, there is too much undertow and current that a light kayak just gets sucked sideways.

    Permit $$

    Canyonlands National Park
    Vehicles: $10 (Good for 7 days)

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To raft trip
    From Moab, go north across the Colorado River and turn left onto Potash Rd. Take Potash rd to where it begins to climb away from the river, and turn left onto the boater access area.
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