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West Rim Glen Canyon, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,300 feet
Elevation Gain 300 feet
Accumulated Gain 300 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.5
Backpack No
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10  2006-07-17 fricknaley
author avatar Guides 93
Routes 389
Photos 4,109
Trips 3,348 map ( 21,631 miles )
Age 46 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
co-author avatarGuides 172
Routes 229
Photos 6,096
Trips 1,128 map (2,523 Miles)
Age 41 Male Gender
Location Pocatello, ID
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Preferred Oct, Apr, Mar, Nov → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:31am - 7:33pm
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Like a Mountain Goat
by fricknaley & PaleoRob

There is no trail here on the western bank of Glen Canyon at Wahweap Bay and the distance and elevation gains are educated guesses. And who cares, because this is a free-for-all scramble along the cliffs overlooking Lake Powell down to a secluded little peninsula beach. What a treat!

Scramble down the escarpment from the parking area and immediately start playing among the formations and waterfolds. Within minutes you will be standing at the ledge of the cliffs overlooking Lake Powell. The Glen Canyon Dam is to your right. There are amazing sandstone formations off in the distance, and a large part of Lake Powell and Wahweap Bay are to your left. Head out that way, playing along the crazy ledges and enjoying the formations as you go. You will see an isolated little peninsula jutting out into the water about 1 to 1.5 miles down. I just scrambled along aiming for this. A little over halfway, the going becomes too steep to travel along briefly and I scrambled up the ridge to the road... WOW, sandstone gets hot. After a very brief jaunt along the road, it was right back down a small gulley and into the formations again.

Now you can see that you are close to the peninsula as you drop down and further away from the road. There are incredible colors and an amazing flow to the rocks here. Scramble your own route down to the little peninsula, which goes all the way down to the water. An isolated little oasis here, what an incredible place to play in the water and get refreshed. It was isolated here, and I saw nobody, except for boaters of course. This was just outstanding and it felt great to cool off on such a hot day.

When you are ready, head up back towards the road, climbing up the ridge. I crossed immediately over the road and climbed up the ridge on the other side. The plan is to hike the ridgeline of buttes and formations back to the car. The sandstone here allows you to climb and walk up at impossible angles because it is so sticky. This must be what a mountain goat or bighorn sheep feels like as they walk up seemingly vertical angles. Good stuff. There is any number of ledges, tables, folds, and everything else up along this ridge. Pick your way. Soon you will see your parking spot. Pick a spot, climb down and walk the short distance back to your car.

Plan on getting wet on this one, if you want. Considering the exposure along the way, it's the highlight of the walk.

I'm giving PageRob co-authorship of this hike because it was his suggestion to go exploring here... Thanks, Rob.

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2006-07-17 fricknaley & 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 - $30

    Boat fees are additional, follow provided NPS link above.

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Take Highway 89 from Page north over the Dam. Just past the "beehive" formation is a sign for Wahweap Bay South Entrance on Lakeshore Drive. Turn right here. There is a parking spot just past the gate on the right. Park here and scramble down.
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    Avoid Heat Illness - stay cool

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