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Wire PassSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2010
keepmoving
Hiking9.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.29 mph
200 ft AEG
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1st trip
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We left Tucson on 1/4 and headed north, we had previously purchased permits for Coyote Buttes South for the 5th and 6th and were to pick them up from the Kanab, UT ranger station the next morning. We spent the first night in Kanab and the next morning we drove to the ranger station to pick up our permits for Coyote Buttes South. The ranger station had 10 available permits for The Wave for the same day so we decided to pick one up as well. Since we were driving in from the North we chose to spend the first day hiking Wire Pass & The Wave, camp at the Stateline Campground and drive to Coyote Buttes South the next day.

We reached the snow filled Wire Pass trailhead around 10:30am to find only one other vehicle. We changed into warmer clothing and hit the trail just before 11am. We decided to hike Wire Pass first, then return to hike the wave. We reached the confluence with Buckskin Gulch just before 12:30, and despite knowing we should turn back, we found ourselves hiking deeper into Buckskin Gulch. Another 45 minutes later we finally came to our senses and decided it was time to turn back.

We hiked back to the turnoff with the wave, had a quick lunch, and began the snow covered hike to the wave. We got a little lost on the way to The Wave as previous hikers had made quite a well worn trail through the snow and instead of going to the right of the twin buttes as the directions state, we found ourselves on the wrong side of the buttes at the edge of a very steep hill. We corrected our error and made it to The Wave by around 3:30. The amount of snow on the ground made the actual Wave difficult to recognize, however he had a good time exploring the area for the next hour before heading back to the truck.
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