Glen Canyon Recreation Area NPS Reports Wiregrass Canyon extends for approximately 3 miles (5 km) from the road to Lake Powell. There is no trail as such, but it is easy to follow the wash. In some places it will be necessary to climb out of the wash and detour around pour-offs (drop-offs where waterfalls flow during flash floods). Narrow footpaths around these pour-offs have been created by hikers. Cairns (small piles of rocks) help to mark the main canyon. About 1 mile (1.6 km) from the road, you will find a small natural bridge, formed when flood waters from the canyon paralleling Wiregrass Canyon finally cut through the narrow canyon wall. Flood waters now rush through this natural bridge into Wiregrass Canyon, and the periodic streams have abandoned the lower part of the parallel canyon. As you continue down the wash, you will see balanced rocks, small arches high in the canyon walls, and side canyons which you are welcome to explore. Near Lake Powell, but still in the wash, you will see a second natural bridge.
The USGS 7.5 minute Lone Rock Quadrangle may be helpful. It may be purchased at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center.
Wiregrass Canyon provides little shade, and the rocks reflect the sun's heat. Fall, winter, and spring are the best times for this hike. If hiking in the summer, start as early in the morning as possible.
One-Way Notice: This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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.
Boat fees additional, follow provided NPS link above.
Paved - Car Okay
To hike From Page or Wahweap, drive north on U.S. Hwy 89 to Big Water, Utah. Between mileposts 7 and 8, turn right. (There is a sign on the highway indicating "Big Water City.") Turn right 0.3 mile (0.5 km) from the junction. (There is a sign which reads"Glen Canyon National Recreation Area - State Highway 12" and which indicates the road.) Drive 4.6 miles (7.5 km) to "Wiregrass Canyon Back Country Use Area." Park in the pullout provided. Please note: The dirt road to Wiregrass Canyon is accessible to 2WD vehicles when the road is dry. Wet weather, however, can make the road impassable for even 4WD vehicles. Ask a park ranger for current weather and road conditions.