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Bear Panel Maze District Canyonlands NP, UT

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Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.72 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,076 feet
Accumulated Gain 3 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.74
Interest Ruins & Historic
Backpack Yes
Dogs not allowed
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
14  2017-09-30 Steph_and_Blake
Author Steph_and_Blake
author avatar Guides 100
Routes 61
Photos 2,522
Trips 176 map ( 751 miles )
Age 72 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:22am - 7:29pm
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Beary Fun
by Steph_and_Blake

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One of the very helpful Hans Flat rangers (the folks who are in charge of the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park), informed us of this short and fun hike to an unusual pictograph of a bear. Right before driving up the steep hill to the Doll House #3 campground, there is a small parking area to the left. It will accommodate about 3 vehicles. You'll see two large cairns on either side of the trailhead.

After one minute of hiking, go up the slanted "staircase" of sandstone. Keep your eye out for cairns. You'll enjoy some light boulder-hopping (which, we think, can be a lot of fun for people of almost all ages) and then hike between two slabs of sandstone that come together to form and upside down "V". From there you'll hike on a beaten path. In 12 - 15 minutes (at the most) keep your eye out for a larger cairn on your right. This is where you make your way to the wall of rock on your right. That's where you'll find the rare (so we were told) bear pictograph and some other interesting rock art. Return the way you came. Note that the trail is shared with the one into Ernie's Country and viewing this panel could be part of a backpacking, cross-country adventure.

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

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Strictly 4x4

To hike
To hike
Heading north on Highway 95 from either Blanding or Mexican Hat, take the turnoff for Hike. Top off your gas tank there. Get back on Highway 95, heading north towards Hanksville. Almost immediately after crossing the Colorado River, take a hard right onto Route 633. Take this for about 54 miles to the Doll House #3 parking area, following the (minimal) signs to Doll House. The drive from Hite to Doll House #3 takes about 5 hours and requires a high-clearance, 4x4 vehicle and, at times, rather technical driving skills. A permit is required to camp in the Maze. The usual National Park fees are applicable.
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