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Powell Point - Escalante Mountains, UT

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 10,244 feet
Elevation Gain -57 feet
Accumulated Gain 297 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.09
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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13  2020-08-02 LindaAnn
Author LindaAnn
author avatar Guides 40
Routes 380
Photos 3,354
Trips 1,166 map ( 8,520 miles )
Age 40 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Seasons   Early Summer to Early Autumn
Sun  6:18am - 6:20pm
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Powell was never here?
by LindaAnn

Likely In-Season!
Overview: Powell Point is a spectacular viewpoint at the southern end of the Table Cliff Plateau in Utah's Escalante Mountains. At 10,000', the point provides sweeping 270° views of southern Utah.


Hike: Depending on your vehicle, the hike to Powell Point can be as short as 1.60 miles round trip, or as long as 9.10 miles round trip.

2WD parking: Park your vehicle at the intersection of FS-132 & FS-143, which is signed for Powell Point. Walk south down FS-143. Vegetation is pine, spruce, and fir, and passes through a couple of meadows and past some lovely places to camp. As the road heads south, it moves towards the east side of Table Cliff Plateau, which provides some views to the east. The road is reasonably level, generally staying at an elevation of 10,200', but there are some small ups and downs that do add up. At 3.75 miles, you will reach the official trailhead.

4WD parking/Official trailhead: From the official trailhead, head south on the trail past the sign. The trail heads west, then east on a large switchback as it heads downhill. The trail turns south across a spine, then regains elevation. Views to the west are best at this point, but as you near the end of the plateau, you can see in all directions across southern Utah. Vegetation shifts to bristlecone and limber pines as you approach Powell Point. There is an interpretive sign at the end of the trail. Plenty of room to walk around and take pictures. When done, retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

Warning: The limestone slopes at the edge of the plateau are steep and slippery, use caution near the cliff edges, sometimes the traction is as exciting as walking on marbles if you venture off-trail. Summer thunderstorms also gather above the plateau, do not stand near the cliff edges if lightning is nearby.

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2020-08-02 LindaAnn
    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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    To hike
    From Hwy 89 in southern Utah, head east on Hwy 12 towards Bryce Canyon. At the Bryce Canyon junction, turn left (NORTH)on Johns Valley Rd. Take Johns Valley Rd north to Pine Lake Rd. Turn right on Pine Lake Rd (FS-132) and head east for about 7 miles. Pine Lake Rd is graded dirt, suitable for all vehicles. As you approach the campground, FS-132 makes a slight left (signed)to the north side of the campground, then continues east. Past the campground, FS-132 requires a medium clearance, but 2wd is okay when dry. FS-132 climbs uphill for 6 miles, the road is narrow, steep, and rocky in places, especially the last mile, but medium clearance is sufficient. At the intersection of FS-132 & FS-143 (signed for Powell Point), park here if you do not have high clearance 4wd. The 3.75 miles on FS-143 to the official trailhead are narrow, rutted, and rocky.
    page created by LindaAnn on Aug 02 2020 3:38 pm
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