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The Best Hikes in Glen Canyon NRA National Park

233 Triplog Reviews in the Glen Canyon NRA National Park
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0 mi • 0 ft aeg
Day 1 - The long ride up to Lee's Ferry with a stop at Navajo Bridge. The wind was brutal but died down during the night.
Day 2 - Backhaul up the river to Glen Canyon Dam and a full day kayaking down with stops at the petroglyphs and on Horseshoe Bend. With the wind picking up again the next day we were advised not to camp on the river.
Day 3 - Breakfast at the Cliff Dwellers Lodge, Cathedral Wash to the Colorado River and back, the drive around to Horseshoe Bend from above
Day 4 - The long drive home and the dread of going back to work the next day...
36.8 mi • 2,000 ft aeg
Hiked in red Hills Trailhead. Dry roads. High clearance required. Camped at Jacob's Arch. Would not recommend (too crowded). Better spots can be found just down river from arch. Camping spots continue all the way to the Escalante confluence (more crowed the closer you get to Escalante). Silty water, bring effective pre-filter. Solitude can be found between Red Hills Route trailhead and Hurricane Wash Route. Red hills route is overgrown but manageable.
4.33 mi • 826 ft aeg
A repeat hike from the day before, with some different youth From our group camping on lone rock beach at Lake Powell. Ran into a scout troop at the river, as well as a couple of rangers. Water was cold and refreshing. This is a great little hike, with a little scrambling and decision making on routes, and a lot of beautiful geology.
12 mi • 2,000 ft aeg
Neon had been on my to do list since I first heard about it 20 years ago.
I was a bit concerned following the weather forecast a few days before our planned attempt. Chance of rain came and went then the evening before a storm set in and snowed 2inches at the Egypt Trailhead. It continued to spit snow and rain the next day so we opted for some safer adventures in the area.

The next day was our last in the area so we felt some pressure to make it happen.
We had a leisurely start hoping for it to warm up as there was still snow at the trail head and the potholes descending from it had ice. We left the car a bit after 1030, and made it to the Escalante about 12:00. The approach to the drop in point was pretty straight forward and we found the short rap opposite and just upstream of the moki steps in good condition. We donned our farmer johns and rap'd in.

It was 13:00, so I ate a snack. A short walk downstream lead us to the start of the slot and our second rap: low angle for about 30ft, this anchor was also in good condition. We donned our wet suit jackets as this rap landed us in a pool (turned out to be thigh deep) We were able to keep the rope mostly dry by rapping single line with a 'biner block with the last coming down removing the 'biner, rapping double rope and carrying the rope bag.

Another short rap and pool followed a short way down the slot. Anchor was good, rap was awkward initially. Water was knee deep.

The slot became even more 3 dimensional -not quite 4th dimension but 3+ :) when little rooms inside arches appeared offering 3 ways to get to the same rap point. This was the rap into the big keeper pothole. Even with all the precip the day before it was dry and fairly full of sand making for easy escape. Of note there is a small hole on the lip which would be perfect for hooking out.

After a few minutes of easier terrain the final glory rap appears. Long webbing (doubled) stretches into the slot above the hole which drops into the Golden Cathedral. 3 old bolts remain in the wall above this without hangars, these could be utilized with sacrificial climbing nuts. The glory rap is over all too quick but it is awesome and perfect with the golden light. There was less water than I expected finding it only about calf deep. We had a nice lunch on the sand bar it was 14:30.

From there we headed back down canyon to the Escalante and then 30min further down the Escalante River to explore Ringtail Canyon. Ringtail is the next canyon on river left. It is rather short but very narrow; a head lamp is a good idea as is a farmer john wetsuit. Explore up canyon as far as you can then come back down.

Then returning the way we came (mostly as we veered off course and lost our cairn'd way heading too north) We did appreciate several arches forming a couple of rooms but it likely added a mile to our hike.

Back at the car just before sunset at 19:30.

With the conditions we experienced I would have foregone the extra 200ft rope, bolt kit and wet suit jackets. Instead I would have carried an extra 80-100ft rope. I only carried 2L of water then treated 1L clean-ish water from a pothole in Ringtail but ended up only needing 0.5L of it; so, with highs of 58F I think 2.5L would be ideal, personally.
8.36 mi • 2,571 ft aeg
We met up with a group of friends from Flagstaff for a weekend at Lees Ferry.
The Dominguez Pass Loop was the first hike we did and it was really fun. The first half is fairly straight forward. The simple route finding over the sandstone on top of the ridge is easy and rewarding. Once at Dominguez pass, the route finding becomes a little more difficult. There were no cairns in April 2019.

Once you descend from the pass to the final shelf overlooking the Paria, the route is much more obvious and there's a clearly marked old mining route back to the Colorado River. The views over the Paria were amazing and I'm glad it was flowing so strong. Even in April, this hike was hot.
2.9 mi • 335 ft aeg
I happen across this trail in a pamphlet at the visitor center by the Navajo Bride. Thanks to the Hazer triplogs and write up. Good info on what to watch for. I was gonna be in the area and was worried about the heat for anything longer. I started the hike as soon as I could see good enough to watch for snakes. It was about a mile from the parking spot to the 30ft. dry fall. As The write up says if you go right there is a good route. There was a couple down climbs later that I found a tad harder then that on my way back out. My short legs had me relying on some superb hand holds. It was a cool area. Hearing then seeing the Colorado River and the rapids were nice too. With an early start the Sun didn't hit me until the 30ft. dry fall on the way out. :y:
9 mi • 0 ft aeg
To give a family perspective with young children (6-14). As some have noted the hike is longer than indicated. It is more like 4.5 miles to get to the water. The best part of the hike was the first mile or so. We had to scurry down some really neat white sandstone with cool formations about a half mile in. Truly, the kids could have played there for a couple hours. After that, in another half mile or so, you come to a small arch. Then, for the next two miles the canyon slowly widens as it winds around. You see some neat formations and have a few valleys you can scramble up but nothing in particular to note. In other words, it was fine but if I did the hike again I would probably just do that first mile and have a picnic. After that, you come to an old ox-bow that has now cut through another arch you climb through. After that, the valley gets wider, the sand deposits get deeper and you start to see more and thicker willows so you know you are getting to occasional high water. We eventually got blocked by water/swamp and couldn't go further without a significant effort up over the top. With our younger ones we were not inclined. So we hiked back out. In all, 9 miles of mostly gradual slopes along the wash bottom. Other than a small portion at the beginning, there is nothing that would be considered a "slot", just a narrow wash.

To drive to it you do come to a wash that you have to drive through. If the water is just a few inches, it is solid enough a passenger vehicle goes through fine. In late March we did have some water but it was no big deal in our mini-van. Even if there is some trouble you are really close to the main road and can even see the self-storage units up on the hill so no worries.
4 mi • 1,500 ft aeg
Got to take a friend to my favorite place in Arizona!! The look on their face once we hit the top of this cliff was worth the lung crushing hike up. With breathtaking views of the Colorado river from both sides of the cliffs, this is my top hike to do. And getting to play in the river is fun, too. Short easy trail with lots of room to roam at the top. If you can make it to the radio tower it offers a nice high point to view everything from- though not sure if that many radio waves will fry your brain :lol:

Learning the history of this amazing place was pretty cool. It started as a Mormon crossing before finally being taken over by the government as a protected place. Loved bringing its history alive and imagining what it must have been like way back then, before roads and before anything marred the land- to imagine crossing over northern Arizona and into Utah.

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4.2 mi • 1,700 ft aeg
Maybe the most scenic trail I have ever done. I thought it was challenging but not too bad of a hike, although in some areas it is rough and you have to jump or climb up in sections. Some parts near the top of the trail were sandy which I thought was pretty cool, water was clearly present here at some point all the way up there which is pretty fascinating. When I first arrived their was a large gathering of FLDS members which kind of gave me a culture shock within Arizona. Given the history though of Lee's Ferry it makes sense though. I think the drive in on the 89A to Lee's Ferry Road is one of the most scenic drives in the state of Arizona. I realized I was driving 35 in a 65 at some point along the 89A and usually I tend to speed.
10.5 mi • 1,800 ft aeg
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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