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Escalante Route-Tanner to New Hance, AZ
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Escalante Route-Tanner to New Hance, AZ 
Escalante Route-Tanner to New Hance, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 23 2014
The_Eagle
Backpack26.34 Miles 8,000 AEG
Backpack26.34 Miles2 Days         
8,000 ft AEG33 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Dave set up another winner of a trip.

He had previously day hiked this one (including a 6 mile road walk that we did NOT do), so how had could it be?

We left the Valley at 4:30a and were on the Tanner by 8:15. For an old geezer like me, right from the Git Go, that's a steep bugger with a 33lb pack on.

The weather was perfect and we were shedding layers as we worked our way down. Denny and I took our time as Wally, Preston and Dave set up the shuttle. Bob went ahead to do some 'splorin.

I'm in amazement every time I'm in the canyon. The vastness and the contrast of colors are like nowhere else I've ever been. We were lucky on day one and added some whispy white clouds to the mix. Day one was 7.8 miles to the River and then another 8.6 miles to camp at the end of Escalante Canyon. The views along the hike were especially nice once you got up higher just south of the Unkar Delta, with views to the SW of the Colorado River and back towards the Unkar Delta area.

We made it to camp with about 15 minutes of daylight left.

Day 1 Video :next: http://youtu.be/zBbdgeCeock

The next morning, tired and sore, (At least I was) we started the under 10 mile slog towards the end. At the 16.8 mile mark, we got to one of the highlights for me, 75 Mile Canyon. The trail takes you a half mile to the southeast to drop into 75 mile canyon. The walls get taller and taller as you approach the Colorado. Take some time to enjoy this.

Back out traversing the Colorado the next interesting area is at Papago Creek. From the east you have to climb the 30' Papago Wall and then descend the Papago Slide. After hearing Dave talk about it, Denny and I were ready for a smooth rock slide back down to the river. Instead, it was an area where a rock slide had taken place.

We filled up on water at the last reliable spot on this hike, at Hance Rapids at the mouth of Red Canyon. 6.6 miles to go! The 1.75 mile walk up the Creek bed got kind of old, but after that the climbing began. 4,400' from the Colorado to the TH above. The views were once again great, but I was aching and just wanted to be at the top.

We turned Wally's Jeep Liberty into a clown car for the ride back to Dave's car. 6 hikers and all of our gear, packed into the liberty. I hope Preston's photo's of it turn out.


Day 2 Video :next: http://youtu.be/pSThmAZ65w0

Found water along the Colorado to filter, Red Creek (New Hance) had a few areas of slight moisture, but I would not count on it for much longer.

A big thanks to Dave for getting the permits and setting this adventure up for us social misfits.... and thanks to both Dave and Wally both for driving.

Great hiking with Wally, Dave, Preston, and Denny again, and good seeing Bob at the Trail Heads and Camp.
Geology
Geology
Hakatai Shale
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dry Cardenas Creek Dry Dry

dry Escalante Creek Dry Dry

dry Papago Creek Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Red Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
one area of pooling south of the Colorado.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Red Canyon Creek - GC Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
one area of pooling south of the Colorado.


dry Tanner Canyon Dry Dry
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