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Coyote Buttes North - Wire Pass TH
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14 by photographer avatarLucyan
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Coyote Buttes North - Wire Pass THSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2014
Lucyan
Hiking2.85 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking2.85 Miles   4 Hrs      0.71 mph
340 ft AEG
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This is the popular access to "The Wave".

What: North Coyote Buttes and The Wave in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area

Where: Located along the Arizona-Utah border, about three hours from Flagstaff

Day hike: Yes. No overnight camping is allowed inside the permit area.

Trail Distance: 5.5 miles to the Wave and back. 8 miles round trip from the Wire Pass parking lot to the Wave, Top Rock Arch, alcove, Melody Arch, dinosaur tracks and back.

Average hiking time: 6 hours round-trip to the Wave. 8 hours for the Wave, arches, alcove and dinosaur tracks.

Equipment: Sticky, rubber hiking shoes. A least a gallon of water per person, especially in the hot summer months. A GPS. The BLM supplies a good map to the Wave with each permit.

Optional Map: USGS 7.5' Topographical Quads - Arizona-Pine Hollow Canyon and Arizona-Coyote Buttes.

Trail Usage: Limited to 20 people per day in North Coyote Buttes. Dogs are allowed with a permit. (Dogs permits do not use up any of the 20 hiking permits)

Difficulty: Moderate to the Wave and dinosaur tracks. Third class scrambling to the arches and alcove. Good navigation skills are required.

Sun Exposure: Full sun. Dark red rock and sand reflect the sun, amplifying the heat.

Permits: From mid-March to mid-November permits will be issued at the Paria Contact Station. From mid-November to mid-March, the Paria Contact Station is closed and permits are issued at the Kanab Field Office. Ten walk-in hikers are allowed and ten daily hikers will be selected through the lottery via online or mail application. With the online/mail permit system you choose three possible dates and submit the request along with a non-refundable fee. Reservations can be made four months in advance. Once received, properly submitted applications will be entered into a computer and then at the first of each month the requested dates will be randomly drawn. If one of the dates you chose is selected, you will be notified. If you opt to use that date, then a permit will be issued for the number of people entered on the original application. The submitted fee will be applied to the total permit cost.

Trail Conditions: The start of the trail is uphill and sandy, but most of the hike is over rock.

Trailhead: Wire Pass - Located 35 miles west of Page, Arizona and 40 miles east of Kanab, Utah.

Trailend: Same as trailhead

Best Season: Spring and Fall. It's hot in the summer. When the weather cooperates, this is a good winter hike.

Off the Beaten Path: Yes

Elevation Gain to The Wave: 325'

Starting Elevation: 4875'

Wave Elevation: 5200'

Restrooms: Vault toilet at the Wire Pass Trailhead.

For more information: Call (435) 688-3200 or visit http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/arolrsmain/ ... uttes.html.

Here's a write-up on the Wave: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=400
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