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Neon CanyonSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2017
BiFrost
Hiking10.50 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.39 mph
1,800 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
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We had not planned on doing this hike originally but we managed to adjust our plan and make this one happen. We both agreed it was the best choice and high on the priority list. Fortunately I had downloaded the route just in case although it's possible to do without a route but helps while traversing the flat sandstone section between canyons. As John mentioned we went in the direct route that is not the standard but still able to follow to the confluence of Neon.

We hiked up Neon about 1 mile and enjoyed the Golden Cathedral of Neon. It's really a cool place and pictures and words really can't describe this geologic feature. You just have to see it for yourself. There were not very many people either for such a popular hike so we had some peace and quiet to enjoy the setting.

After that we headed out but went back the standard route to the north along Fence Canyon. However, with the standard route it requires five Escalante crossings as opposed to one for the way we hiked in. None of the crossings were too difficult but water was colder than expected. Once across the last crossing the route is easy to follow all the way back to where the paths converge near the trailhead. It was cool to do this hike taking too different routes out and back to Neon and definitely worth making it a loop hike.
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