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Coyote Buttes North - Wire Pass THSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2019
adilling
Hiking6.82 Miles 1,069 AEG
Hiking6.82 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   1.36 mph
1,069 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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Some of our friends won permits for the Wave and they asked me to come along and show them this really amazing place. Gee, I thought, The Wave, again? NOT. Of course I said YES!

I have some torn cartilage in my left ankle, so I was slower than my normal slow. And, I was not able to climb up and down to some of the other interesting areas near the Wave. But, we made it to the formation and a good time was had by all.

The temperatures were not the best hiking weather, mid-90's and not a cloud in the sky. We started a little late as well. I was asking to start before sunrise. We paid for that later on the way back. It was definitely toasty.

The hike is pretty straight forward. Follow the Wire Pass Trail around "the bend" and look for the "Permit Area" sign. It's hard to see if you are not looking for it. Once you get on the trail, it's up and over a little hill to the slick rock. Up until that point you can follow the footprints in the sand. Once you hit the slick rock, there is not really a trail. Look for the sign post and stay to the right, as far as you can. There are now three sign posts that direct you towards the Hooters and the mesa that holds the Wave. The first time I visited here, I dragged my poor wife an extra couple of miles up and down the formations to the north and east of the path before we saw the landmark that marks the Wave - the Black Crack of Top Rock Mesa. Once you locate this, the Wave is just underneath it.

The Wave is reached by climbing up a sandy hill. Once we arrived we found about 10 people milling about. We found some shade in the little alcove off the south side of the formation. We climbed up the Wave and ventured up the mesa a little. We stopped by the 2nd Wave and contemplated going down the hill to the Sand Cove and Boneyard areas. My hiking companions did not seem interested in hiking down there or up to the top of the Mesa. It was getting hot, and my ankle was already hurting. We decided to head back to the Wave and hang out a bit there. We came back and had the place to ourselves.

The hike back was an easy stroll across the brain rocks and sand. We actually saw some other people heading up. This was about 2pm. Europeans of some unknown nationality. No water, no packs. I offered some my extra, but they declined. I am guessing they regretted that later on. I am also guessing they had a killer sunburn, as none of them had hats either.

I have been here 2x before, but I am still in awe of this place. Other worldly and amazing for sure. I hope I can return again to this place once more, in better health and cooler temps. I feel very lucky and blessed to be able to see this place multiple times
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