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Rainbow Bridge via North TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Backpack avatar Apr 05 2014
Lucyan
Backpack18.00 Miles 8,000 AEG
Backpack18.00 Miles2 Days         
8,000 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
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This is one of the great backpacking trips in the Southwest!

We backpacked for two days in some of the most remote and beautiful country in the U.S. On the western slope of 12,000' Navajo Mountain in southeast Utah, we enjoyed scenic slick rock canyons, beautiful riparian areas, breathtaking vistas, and towering canyon walls.

While Rainbow Bridge is a site to see, the hike to it is just as good if not better. The icing on the cake was the return boat ride 50 miles through breathtaking Lake Powell.

The journey included challenging backpacking with 10+ miles of trail day hiking spread over 2 days. The scenery varies from grand vistas to narrow canyons. We saw cliff dwellings, Navajo hogans, and cross multiple creeks and canyons. On Sunday, we got to the Rainbow Bridge, the world’s largest natural arch before boarding a boat for a 2-hour return trip through awe inspiring Lake Powell.

Don’t let the mileage mislead you, this is a tough backpacking trip with lots of ups and downs.

Itinerary/Trip Description:

Friday (4/4/14) 5:30 pm -- drive to Lake Powell and getting in around 11:00pm and car camp/crash at the Lake Powell campground.

Saturday -- Get up early, have a quick breakfast and meet with shuttle driver at the Marina by 7:00 am. It is about a 2 - 3 hour drive from there to the trail head. We were hiking by 10:30am. Hiked almost 13 miles and crashed at campground at 7pm.


Sunday -- Get up early and hike the last 5 miles out to Rainbow Bridge to meet up with the boat that will shuttle us back to the Marina. We wanted to get to Rainbow Bridge early enough to take lots of pics. The boat ride back down Lake Powell is spectacular in itself and takes about 2 hours.
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