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Antelope Canyon via Lake PowellNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2016
GrottoGirl
Hiking4.46 Miles 406 AEG
Hiking4.46 Miles   17 Hrs   45 Mns   0.25 mph
406 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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We launched our packrafts on Lake Powell for an overnight adventure to Antelope Island and Canyon. I hadn't taken my raft on a lake before so this was my first time of paddling in which I had to really paddle! Packrafts are not as streamlined as a kayak - so I really had to paddle!!!

We headed out in the early evening to Antelope Island and set up camp. The chop of the water was pretty bad. A storm and all the boats had it churning! I was kind of scared to be out there especially in our little boats. We crossed safely in a group. When we got to the island a few in our party cliff jumped and swam. Then Mike, Kim and I hiked a bit so we could see a crack in the wall better. Hiking over the sandstone was pretty cool. We saw a couple of jackrabbits.

We hung out the rest of the evening watching the boaters. For me it was a bit annoying, but I knew that I was going to think that from the start so instead I concentrated on trying to think of them as entertainment.

The night was beautiful even though a storm had rolled through right before we had launched. There was a slight chill in the air after all the clouds cleared. I could see the Milky Way without any trouble.

In the morning we packed and headed over to Antelope Canyon before the lake was too churned up. The motorboats also speed up Antelope Canyon which could make it a bit choppy. Most of the boaters were kind enough to cut there speed some (but not enough in my opinion).

For me paddling was a challenge. I had never really done anything like this before, so I was convinced I was going to make it to the end of the water so I could hike. After a while the motorboats were forced to turn around and the water settled out. Wood chips started to accumulate so I knew we were approaching land! I was excited! We had made it!

From there we had lunch and then hiked a while. There are a few cool narrow sections that make the trip worthwhile. The canyon however was really hot since we managed to get there midday - when there is the best light in the canyon.

On the way out we cooled ourselves with a few heated matches with our water guns. They not only made good guns but they also worked as bilge pumps!

Towards the end I was getting tired so I opted to hike out with Garrison, Mike, and Deanna. Garrison had stashed his pack and when we returned to it, he found it had been stolen. This was a bummer. We split up on the hike back to the cars just in case the thief had dropped the old, smelly pack.

Overall an awesome, challenging trip in packrafts!!!

Paddle to Antelope Island: .46 miles
Hike on Antelope Island: 1.33 miles and 160 ft AEG
Paddle up Antelope Canyon: 2.71 miles
Antelope Canyon hike: 2.46 miles, 151 AEG
Paddle down Antelope Canyon: 2.48 miles
Hike to cars: .67 miles, 95 ft AEG

Note: Triplog mileage and AEG is for the hiking part only.
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