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Coyote Gulch, UT
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Coyote Gulch, UT 
Coyote Gulch, UT
 
Backpack avatar Nov 23 2017
BiFrost
Backpack22.30 Miles 2,750 AEG
Backpack22.30 Miles2 Days         
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Another last minute planned trip that went well. Original plan was to spend 2 days in Coyote Gulch but with the goal of trying to hike Neon we decided on one night. Despite that we still managed to see the highlights of the route. Going in we started on Fortymile Ridge from Coyote Gulch trailhead the Crack in the Wall route. We followed the road for the first mile and then it turns into a cairn hunt to reach the top of the Crack. But the cairns were easy to follow across the sandstone.

Standing on the edge of the Crack is one of the best views in the Escalante and to top that off the route down is equally fun and rewarding. I did this route back in 1998 and it was pretty much the same as before although more established now. There are three narrow Crack sections that required us to take packs off and rope lower them on the final 20 foot descent. After that fun section it’s down a long sloping sand dune with great views of the canyon and large sandstone rock walls. Eventually the route reached Coyote Gulch about three tenths of a mile from the Escalante Coyote Gulch confluence. We camped just upstream from where the route reaches Coyote Gulch. However, there are numerous camp spots to choose from especially the further upstream from the confluence you go.

We setup camp and then ventured down to the confluence and the Escalante River. We headed upstream towards Stevens Canyon which we wanted to checkout but the water was a lot colder than expected so we decided to just check out the views of Stevens Arch. I will say that if you are down there at least go that far to check out the views of the arch which are fantastic. After that we headed back to camp and settled in for the night.

Next morning, we had already decided from the night before that we were going to try and finish the loop hike of Coyote Gulch, so we would have enough time to do Neon the next day. However, we still wanted to checkout all the highlights which included several waterfalls, Cliff Arch, Coyote Bridge, and Jacob Hamblin Arch. Also, we had the goal of making it to the Hurricane Wash – Coyote confluence. All the highlights did not disappoint as we meandered up canyon. Despite the lack of rain there was still really nice flow all the way, so water was never an issue. When we got to Jacob Hamblin Arch there is an exit route with a rope for assistance. I checked it out and followed it all the way to the rim. The exit route is manageable without the rope but it’s nice to have especially if you have a full backpack. After exploring the exit headed back down and we continued up Coyote Gulch.

A few miles from the Jacob Hamblin exit we finally reached Hurricane Wash confluence which also had decent flow. We filtered water here and took a snack break. After that we continued about 1.5 miles up Hurricane until we found a good exit point. From there it was off trail cross country to the Coyote Gulch Jacob Hamblin access trail head. It wasn’t to bad off trail with mix of deep sand and sandstone slabs, but it was nice to reach the tail head. From there we had to hike the road 2.5 miles to the Coyote Gulch Crack route trail head. Then we loaded up the truck and found a car camp spot. Great loop of Coyote Gulch for sure especially since last time I did out and back on the Crack route. Cool to see the rest of Coyote Gulch and Hurricane so I definitely recommend doing this hike as a loop!
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