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Coyote Buttes North - Wire Pass THSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2014
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Hiking8.10 Miles 1,294 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   2.45 mph
1,294 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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So back in September I get an e-mail on my phone. I see it's from the BLM. I open it and expect to see the ever familiar "Sorry, your application was not chosen". This time it looks a little different. It starts off with "Congratulations!" I read it several times just to make sure I wasn't seeing things. OMG! It's finally happening! I get to hike THE WAVE!!!

The timing worked out perfectly as I was able to make a long Thanksgiving holiday with the family, then finish it off with this hike. The hike itself is quite easy. Just two things: There are some places with deep, dry sand that is a ---- to hike through. Think beach sand, but the grains are smaller. Second: It can be easy to get lost. The directions the BLM sent me with the permit are quite easy to follow, and were excellent in aiding navigation. Of course on the way back I just shoved those directions in my bag thinking I knew the way out. North of the twin buttes I got slightly off track and ended up on a cliff overlooking the dry wash, instead of going down the hill to cross the wash :roll:

As for the Wave itself... :o I don't have to do any explaining. It's one of the must do's for any hiker. It's absolutely beautiful. Going in, I thought it would be just one big bowl. It's actually a few smaller "channels" that you hike through. It's also very easy to climb up above and around it. I spent well over an hour just wandering around taking pictures.

On the way out I took a right at the wash and headed over to the Wire Pass slot canyon. Since I've never been to a slot canyon I decided to combine the two trips since they're so close. The slot starts about 3/4 mile down the wash beyond the cutoff for the Wave trail. Even though it was getting late I'm glad I took the detour. I thought the slot canyon was just as amazing as the Wave! I went as far as the first drop, which is maybe 1/4-1/3 mile into the canyon. It's about 8-10 feet straight down. I didn't want to risk going down and not being able to get back up since sunset was starting to get close. Turned around and made it back to the truck about 3:15pm, then drove home with the biggest grin on my face :)
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