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Jul 06 2019
adilling
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 Mesa, AZ
Coyote Buttes North - Wire Pass THSouthwest, UT
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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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May 18 2018
trekkintoo
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,136 AEG
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after 2 years of getting denied online including several days camping out in Kanab to do the walk up lottery i finally got selected to hike to the Wave! The weather was perfect, a lil warm at 84 but i was stoked to finally go. we got a late start around noon but got to the wave in time with the sun directly overhead to get some photos in. I had my 10 year old daughter with us, so we went at her pace. the hike itself was moderate with lots of sand to slow the pace but the views were amazing!! we had lunch overlooking the wave and did a side trip to check out the dinosaur tracks. it was a bucket list hike worth waiting for!
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May 06 2017
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Been trying to get that permit for several years. Was pretty excited a few months ago when getting the email that I had finally "won" a permit. I like to start earlier and we got to wire pass trailhead about 8:15am There was 10 or less cars there, most were overnighters it appeared. headed out, I've been to wire pass before so I was familiar with the route up until the turn that goes up the hill. headed up the hill on the "wave" trail. the trail is pretty obvious in the sand, once you get up on the small saddle its a bit trickier. There are a few signs out there, not sure if these were recently added or not, but a couple up until about the 2 mile mark. After the twin buttes, went right a bit, found some cool formations and lots of foot prints so I thought oh this must go back around. It didn't. We back tracked and got back on course. The map with photos that you get with your permit is really helpful. We also found another couple that was on their way out too at this point. Once crossing the big sandy wash, its a steep sandy climb up to the wave. You can see the opening to the Wave from here.
There was another couple at the wave, they were already headed back, early risers... It was us and the other couple that we ran into on the hike out, for quite a while. We ate our lunch, relaxed, climbed up above the wave, looked at the arch from below. It was pretty cool out there. Just as we were leaving, a few more people were just arriving, and we passed a few more groups on the way out. I counted 18 including us, so the last 2 people for the day must have wanted and evening hike.
The hike it self is nice, the sand makes things interesting, but its nice. I had studied lots of map, and the photo one they give you is pretty helpful. We did have a detour on the way out so I logged 4.4 miles out, but the way back was right at 2.98. I can understand how people can get turned around out there if not paying attention, or just unprepared for the route. We lucked out on the weather, it was cloudy and for the most part, the sun was behind the clouds, the times when it peeked out, it was intense. I think May is the latest I would want to do this hike, june-aug has to be insane out there. 2 thumbs up for this one, can't wait to go back!

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[ youtube video ]

video is about half the hike, and half the wave itself.
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Nov 11 2016
Timknorr
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 Tucson, AZ
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After many attempts to obtain permits, my name was finally selected by the BLM lottery. It turned out to be the perfect day and time of year. The hike is not marked but the wayfinding is pretty straight forward. Lots of sand to trek through, I can see why they don't recommend doing this in the summer. The wait was completely worth it. The rock formations are something so alien you are constantly in awe. I can not recommend this hike enough!
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Dec 01 2014
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So back in September I get an e-mail on my phone. I see it's from the BLM. I open it and expect to see the ever familiar "Sorry, your application was not chosen". This time it looks a little different. It starts off with "Congratulations!" I read it several times just to make sure I wasn't seeing things. OMG! It's finally happening! I get to hike THE WAVE!!!

The timing worked out perfectly as I was able to make a long Thanksgiving holiday with the family, then finish it off with this hike. The hike itself is quite easy. Just two things: There are some places with deep, dry sand that is a ---- to hike through. Think beach sand, but the grains are smaller. Second: It can be easy to get lost. The directions the BLM sent me with the permit are quite easy to follow, and were excellent in aiding navigation. Of course on the way back I just shoved those directions in my bag thinking I knew the way out. North of the twin buttes I got slightly off track and ended up on a cliff overlooking the dry wash, instead of going down the hill to cross the wash :roll:

As for the Wave itself... :o I don't have to do any explaining. It's one of the must do's for any hiker. It's absolutely beautiful. Going in, I thought it would be just one big bowl. It's actually a few smaller "channels" that you hike through. It's also very easy to climb up above and around it. I spent well over an hour just wandering around taking pictures.

On the way out I took a right at the wash and headed over to the Wire Pass slot canyon. Since I've never been to a slot canyon I decided to combine the two trips since they're so close. The slot starts about 3/4 mile down the wash beyond the cutoff for the Wave trail. Even though it was getting late I'm glad I took the detour. I thought the slot canyon was just as amazing as the Wave! I went as far as the first drop, which is maybe 1/4-1/3 mile into the canyon. It's about 8-10 feet straight down. I didn't want to risk going down and not being able to get back up since sunset was starting to get close. Turned around and made it back to the truck about 3:15pm, then drove home with the biggest grin on my face :)
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Oct 28 2014
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 Phoenix, AZ
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The day began with a coyote howling near camp. He woke me, but it was fitting since we were there to hike Coyote Buttes to The Wave. In reality, this day began years ago when I first heard of The Wave. After just a bit of research, the destination found a home on my bucket list. Took some time to finally get a permit via the online lottery, but here we were. It was cold and not yet light out, so I pulled my sleeping bag tighter and hoped the coyote would hush. The sandstone have been there for millions of years. It would be there later today.

The Beav and I were camping at Stateline just south of the Wirepass trail head. The parking lot at Wirepass was pretty full when we arrived, even a couple of huge EarthRoamers from Germany. Germans like The Wave for some reason. We set out up the wash in high spirits. The scenery on the hike in is inspiring.

Having seen literally thousands of photos of The Wave, we knew exactly what to expect but still it took our breath away when we first entered. Both of us had cameras and we were snapping everything we saw for a while, like it might disappear on us any second and we needed to record it for posterity, as if that hadn't already been done to death. Other devotees (only 20 a day are allowed) were scattered around. We all tried to stay out of each other's photos while posing for our own. Every angle gave a new perspective. Thoreau never saw The Wave, but it certainly proves his observation that "the finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time."

After a bit I set out to climb to the arch above. There is a way, but it isn't all that easy or obvious. The Beav followed for a while and then turned back at a technical place in the climb intent on enjoying more of the Wave and less of the exposure of the climb.

After several hours we bid adieu and crossed off The Wave from the bucket list. Driving back to camp a very healthy looking coyote ran across the road in front of us. I stopped the truck. He climbed a sandstone outcropping and stood there in silhouette for a few moments measuring us before giving a brief nod of his head and trotting off.
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Jun 14 2014
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This is the popular access to "The Wave".

What: North Coyote Buttes and The Wave in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area

Where: Located along the Arizona-Utah border, about three hours from Flagstaff

Day hike: Yes. No overnight camping is allowed inside the permit area.

Trail Distance: 5.5 miles to the Wave and back. 8 miles round trip from the Wire Pass parking lot to the Wave, Top Rock Arch, alcove, Melody Arch, dinosaur tracks and back.

Average hiking time: 6 hours round-trip to the Wave. 8 hours for the Wave, arches, alcove and dinosaur tracks.

Equipment: Sticky, rubber hiking shoes. A least a gallon of water per person, especially in the hot summer months. A GPS. The BLM supplies a good map to the Wave with each permit.

Optional Map: USGS 7.5' Topographical Quads - Arizona-Pine Hollow Canyon and Arizona-Coyote Buttes.

Trail Usage: Limited to 20 people per day in North Coyote Buttes. Dogs are allowed with a permit. (Dogs permits do not use up any of the 20 hiking permits)

Difficulty: Moderate to the Wave and dinosaur tracks. Third class scrambling to the arches and alcove. Good navigation skills are required.

Sun Exposure: Full sun. Dark red rock and sand reflect the sun, amplifying the heat.

Permits: From mid-March to mid-November permits will be issued at the Paria Contact Station. From mid-November to mid-March, the Paria Contact Station is closed and permits are issued at the Kanab Field Office. Ten walk-in hikers are allowed and ten daily hikers will be selected through the lottery via online or mail application. With the online/mail permit system you choose three possible dates and submit the request along with a non-refundable fee. Reservations can be made four months in advance. Once received, properly submitted applications will be entered into a computer and then at the first of each month the requested dates will be randomly drawn. If one of the dates you chose is selected, you will be notified. If you opt to use that date, then a permit will be issued for the number of people entered on the original application. The submitted fee will be applied to the total permit cost.

Trail Conditions: The start of the trail is uphill and sandy, but most of the hike is over rock.

Trailhead: Wire Pass - Located 35 miles west of Page, Arizona and 40 miles east of Kanab, Utah.

Trailend: Same as trailhead

Best Season: Spring and Fall. It's hot in the summer. When the weather cooperates, this is a good winter hike.

Off the Beaten Path: Yes

Elevation Gain to The Wave: 325'

Starting Elevation: 4875'

Wave Elevation: 5200'

Restrooms: Vault toilet at the Wire Pass Trailhead.

For more information: Call (435) 688-3200 or visit http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/arolrsmain/ ... uttes.html.

Here's a write-up on the Wave: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=400
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A long time waiting on this permit. Was worth the wait. Fabulous area.
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Apr 28 2013
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Words cannot describe this hike.....I think I ended up having an out of body experience. I am ashamed to admit that I was expecting this hike to be slightly anti-climactic. So much hype from everyone kind of builds up your expectations and then usually it doesn't end well. This area went WAY beyond anything I expected.

We started out mid-morning since we really wanted the sun overhead to get the best photos. We ended up heading in on the north side of the wash. We looped around to the south side of the wash for the way out and saved the best part of the wave for the end. It was such a cool place.

I can't wait to get lucky enough to get another permit and go back!!
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Feb 23 2013
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Lucky was able to score 6 permits for the Wave in February. We camped at the Paria Canyon Guest Ranch near the highway and several miles south of the turnoff from the highway to Wirepass TH. Temperatures in the morning were in the 30's but it warmed up nicely until the storms rolled in that afternoon.

We hiked about an 1.5 hours from the TH parking lot to the Wave. The day started out nicely with clear skies but by that afternoon the temperatures dropped and it started to snow. The winds probably hit 35+ mph at the Wave. We were reminded how the Wave was formed when the winds picked up the sand and sandblasted us. That was painful.

The Wave is amazing place. It was definitely worth doing even if it takes awhile to get permits.
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Hiked to The Wave, Toprock arches and tried unsuccessfully to find the dinosaur tracks :) Also hiked down part of Buckskin Gulch the same day. One of the best hikes in the region!
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At last, the long awaited and anticipated Paria adventure that Wendy planned got rolling. We drove up Wednesday afternoon, had our split 1/2 Navajo tacos (still almost too much) with a birthday ice-cream celebration for Sirena's birthday at Cameron, and finally arriving at Paria Guest Ranch Bunkhouse. I think there are about 12 bunkbeds available including a couple triple deckers so we each had our own area as there were no other guests. We considered our quarters to be the Ritz Carlton of camping.

The next morning we headed to the WirePass TH which was just a hop, skip and jump from the Ranch. We started our hike to THE Wave with a somewhat chilly temperature and under crisp blue skies. Wendy had been here before so she knew the way. We encountered a small layer of ground snow in a very shaded area but for the rest of the hike, the route was clear... and what an incredible and beautiful and breathtaking route it was. When you read and see photos it is about THE Wave but there's SO MUCH MORE :y: . The great thing is that we got to enjoy it all at a very leisurely pace.

We got to wander off in different directions and explore various areas along the way. Wendy even climbed to the top of a small hill, we hiked up a grand staircase and around and thru various hills and rock formations. There was also scattered shallow water pools here and there. This was the type of hike where you would turn complete circles several times trying to take it all in. Toward the open space in the landscape you could almost always see Steamboat Rock along with a scattering of teepee-shaped hills (sometimes referred to as "hooters" :lol: by Sirena). Little did we know the fantastic scenery would continue to get even better throughout our most fabulous day.

After crossing the dry and sandy drainage, we had to climb a slightly steep but short sandy hill to finally arrive at THE Wave at 12:35 (started at 10). It's so surreal to be there. We had a quick lunch that included chocolates Sarah brought. There were a few hikers who were around and she would say, "Welcome to THE Wave, would you like a chocolate." :lol: (She didn't want to carry the chocolates back). In spite of the extreme gusts of wind we would experience from time to time we continued winding through this area as well as climbing to the next level to what Sirena dubbed "the brains" (correction, "Brain Domes". I consider ourselves fortunate that we got to spend as much time (two hours) as we did leaving at 2:30.

Our next goal, after we literally bid adieu :worthy: to THE Wave with a stadium wave of four people, was the Dinosaur tracks. Sirena had the location on her GPS so we crossed the wash and headed west. We read the description a couple times along the way to better decipher where the tracks might be and since they weren't big, it wasn't going to be easy. We persisted and kept moving our way west and up the side to where the mountainside shoots straight up. Sarah found them : app : at 3:05PM. There were quite a few I thought and we got a couple photos.

The last foray of the day would be in pursuit of The Wave2. We started heading southwest but were cliffed out so we had to make our way back a bit to an area we could climb down from safely. Once we were there we headed west on these awesome sand dunes where once again, the wind gusts were pretty ferocious. We felt like Laurence of Arabians while we progressed on the sand to a very narrow slot only to be turned around by a pourover. We climbed as far as we could go but the angle to get up and over was just a bit much for us. Alas we turned around :( and headed back on the sand around 3:50PM.

We decided to stay in the wash for awhile rather than take the main route back. It was beautiful through here as well. Based on Sirena's GPS reading, she would have us come up and out of the wash (around 4:30) to head to the main route at a certain point. She nailed it too : app : as we didn't have to do any backtracking to get us back to that route in about 15 minutes. I was duly impressed.

After we came down the tallest hill into the wash, we hiked it all the way back to the TH. I wasn't paying attention and remarked to Sarah that I couldn't remember hiking in the wash that long and not more than 5 minutes later we were coming out of the wash toward the TH with the regular trail at the other side of it. We started at 10 and were done at 5:30; what should we do now as there was still daylight? So Sirena suggested we head down to the Stateline TH and hike a tad of the AZTrail from UT to AZ. After all, we'd been crisscrossing these borders several times already today.

We hiked up the most beautifully constructed pathway to the AZ border and then over the hill a bit to where Sirena wanted to show us this totally cool rock with a framed window. On the way back down on the Utah side we were startled to see in the distance what we thot was a naked person running over to the State sign and a flash from a camera. This person did this 2 times and it was cold. :o Some people....

And if you thot our day was through, you would be wrong. On our drive back we saw 5 stag deer climb up the side of a hill. I was having trouble with my camera but did manage to get a picture. It was such a sight to see these stag deer out on the night. And to finish off this magnificent day, we rounded a corner only to see the full moon rising above a mountain. :DANCE: I am hoping Wendy got some decent photos as my camera was tired after taking 8 gigs of pics and movies and wasn't cooperating. However, I did get a bit of a movie of it.

All I can say is, if someone says they have a permit during the week for this place and you have to work, take the days off. It is so worth it. We did see probably 10-12 other hikers here and there but that's it. The combo of us four girls worked great for this hike as Wendy knew the way, Sirena had great GPS skills, Sarah was always willing to do a little scouting for us and me, well, you know what I did :D .

Here are your videos:
To THE Wave - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHHUpmSao4U
THE Wave, Dinosaur tracks and pursuit of Wave2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY_PkCOn5O8
Final pursuit of Wave2, back thru the wash, the main trail, Stateside TH walk and the bad moon rising, well for us the good moon rising - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY_PkCOn5O8
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Feb 17 2011
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Since my good friend Angela did such a great job on the blow-by-blow on this hike, it leaves me free to write less. (I know - like anyone ever wants me to write more! ;) )

This was my second hike out to the Wave. The first trip was also in early spring (at least early spring in Tucson - it's probably mid-winter in Utah), and had similar weather with cold, blustery mornings, beautiful mid-day and windy afternoons. On that first trip, I was rushed and did not get to spend much time at all exploring the larger area of Coyote Buttes North, even though the landscape called to me with that clarion tone of pure red-rock adventure. Well, I wasn't going to make THAT mistake again!

Problem is, even with a solid 8 hours spent hiking, clamoring, scrambling and sliding, I STILL haven't seen even half of what I want to see! This place is a maze, a wonderland, a playground and a mystery all in one - and I doubt I'll ever get enough of it. Not to mention my dreams of falling asleep under starry skies surrounded by teepees, hoodoos and windswept sandstone walls. Ah, the backpacker in me just can't ever be satisfied with a few daylight hours in such a mystical place. AND on a full moon weekend none the less!

We explored the gulch below the wave in both directions - going upstream until we were blocked by a seemingly minor pouroff that just proved too complicated for a bunch of hens like us, and downstream until we decided that we should head back up before we were blocked from our trailhead (turns out we needn't have worried about that - but these are the lessons you learn after several adventures in a place!). We found dino tracks (which were both awesome and surprisingly tiny at the same time), a number of different Wave-like formations and a sand dune in the middle of a slot canyon. We met a number of fellow adventurers, though never enough to make us feel like we were in a crowd. There was the trio from the midwest, who couldn't keep their jaws shut from the awe of it all. I hope they got as much pleasure from Bryce Canyon! The photographers, who climbed into the oddest spots to find those magical shots, and the blogger who had his female companion filming him taking photos to post on his photo-instructional blog "chasingthelight.com" (no relation to chasing the light fantastic).

Then there were these four crazy girls from Arizona, who wrung out every bit of fun they could from the day before they broke for the parking lot. With the last vestiges of sunlight, we explored the headwaters of the AZT, which was both amazingly developed and painfully remote. We watched a full moon rise twice in under an hour - once on the road next to the "Welcome to Arizona" sign (really - I thought it was too cold to be posing for THAT photo nude, but obviously some young man disagreed), and once over the white sandstone cliffs of the West Clark Bench. You know you're with kindred spirits when you all gasp in unison at that giant white orb split by a beautiful horizon. Quick, ladies, jump out and grab your cameras! Shows like this only happen once a month - but we only get to see them once a lifetime!

Settling back in for a delicious meal of pesto, salad, goat cheese and crackers topped off with red wine and handmade cream puffs, all served up in style in a toasty warm bunkhouse at the Paria Guest Ranch... You wonder how you can force yourself to go back to that other existence that some like to call "the real world" and I like to call an unwelcome distraction from living. But, as long as you keep in mind that all that hard work in front of a computer and hours spent nodding in agreement to things you couldn't care less about just helps you pay for your next trip to wonderland - then you can get through. I promise it can be done!

But - there was still one more day of adventure, at least...
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Feb 17 2011
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 Tucson, AZ
Coyote Buttes North - Wire Pass THSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Hiking8.00 Miles 1,522 AEG
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Wendy "the permit whisperer" was able to secure a highly desirable February 17th permit for four to The Wave in the Coyote Buttes North Wilderness, on the Utah/Arizona border. As the date neared, we watched the forecast intently, which was not at all encouraging, calling for cold, snow and rain. We had reservations at the Paria Canyon Guest Ranch bunkhouse, which is located right by the Paria river crossing on Milepost 21, Highway 89 between Kanab,UT and Page, AZ.

Wendy, Sarah, and I left Tucson and picked up Angela in Phoenix on our way to Utah. We stopped for dinner in Cameron, and since it was my birthday, Angela had come prepared with some electric tea candles for ambiance at dinner. The restaurant brought me a very nice sundae decorated with carnations for dessert. At the guest ranch, it was cold and rainy and we were happy to have the whole, warm 16-bed bunkhouse to ourselves. It had a nice kitchen area and a large sectional couch near a gas-burning stove. Angela once again came through with the ambiance- she brought these great wine glasses for everyone that had LED lights that made the stem and base change colors. Very fun!

The next day, we were hoping that the forecasters were mistaken, and sure enough, we ended up with the most gorgeous blue skies for the main event: our hike to The Wave. We reached the Wire Pass trailhead at 10am, signed the register, and hiked down the sandy trail. Patches of snow remained in shady areas. When you get a permit to The Wave, they send you a very nice map with pictures of landmarks to navigate by. The Kaibab Plateau could be seen diving down toward the Coyote Valley. The Arizona Trail's northern terminus at the Stateline Trailhead is just a mile and a half south from Wire Pass Trailhead. I had seen this area from above when I hiked this passage of the Arizona Trail in June 2008 and I remember being awed by the rock formations and colors of Utah from the Kaibab Plateau. Today I was finally getting to explore it.

After the turnoff to The Wave, the terrain goes from sandy to sandstone staircases and angled slabs. There were fantastic views of hoodoos and the white mass of the West Clark Bench provided a stunning backdrop. There was so much to see- at every turn a new begging-to-be-explored side canyon or formation would catch our eye and we'd go play for a bit, then get back on track toward our destination.

We reached The Wave at about 12:30 pm and it was just as incredible as I'd imagined. It's a small area, but the striations in the formations create a multicolored wavy bowl that surrounds you. Here's a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrhLvzdJ4UE

Ours was a well-matched group, all of us into photography, and we shot away. Sarah pulled out a surprise- a box of chocolates that she'd carried in her pack. When someone would come in, she would approach them and say, "Welcome to The Wave, would you like a chocolate?"
There were a bunch of areas to explore around The Wave, and I had a great time climbing around and looking at the different views. There was one area above The Wave that I dubbed the Brain Domes and another that we called the Goblin Houses. The textures and colors changed at every turn. Video of the Brain Domes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38xx-WyL78c

Video taken from the cleft in the cliff looking at the area around The Wave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUBCpVqEoGI

We spent a couple of hours in and around The Wave, then left to seek out dinosaur tracks that were across the drainage from The Wave. It took a little time to find, but there were a number of very well-defined three-toed prints in the sandstone. Then we went in search of The Wave 2, but we got off track and instead followed the sandy, windblown wash for a ways before turning around. My camera did not like the sandy conditions and began to have problems with the lens opening all the way. The sand eventually led to the camera's demise.

On our hike back we enjoyed the changing light on the formations we'd passed earlier. We had a little bit of daylight left, so I suggested that we visit the Arizona Trail. There is a new sign proclaiming the National Scenic Trail status. I took us on some of the fanciest, log lined, handicap-accessible trail on the whole AZT toward one of my favorite rocks. When I hiked this part of the Arizona Trail, my dad came along as my support crew for parts that were far away from Tucson. I remember coming down the switchbacks on the Kaibab Plateau and seeing my dad waiting for me- a small dot in the valley. When I got to him, he was all excited about finding this rock with a perfect hole in it.

We took some pictures and were heading back toward the car when we saw a naked guy jump out of a van, get his picture taken with the Arizona Trail sign, jump in the van, then do it again! Mind you by this time we were all wearing down jackets- it couldn't have been too flattering a picture, if you know what I mean... As we were driving back to the bunkhouse, we saw a group of bucks running in the hills right by the road. Then, we turned the corner to one of the most incredible moonrises over the white rocks of the West Clark Bench. Wendy stopped the car and we all jumped out, taking pictures and oohing and aahing at the fantastic sight. A perfect day was topped off by a gourmet meal with each of us contributing a course.
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Jan 05 2010
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 Portland, OR
Wire PassSouthwest, UT
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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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 Mesa, AZ
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The Wave. Some of the most amazing natural landscape I've ever seen. Wow! Great hike.
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Sep 20 2009
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 Tempe, AZ
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The Wave again (2x in a WEEK!) - including 'The Arch', this time with Sally, Liz, Kyle, Randy, Lyle, and Josh. Great day - purrrrfect weather.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Coyote Buttes North - Wire Pass THSouthwest, UT
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South Canyon Route - no truck, scratch
Rider Canyon - no truck and the road sand duned over a fence gate, scratch
Buckskin - Paria upper Paria river 100 ft wide, 10-20 ft deep and moving fast, scratch

Day 2 - My life in Utah
As far away from home (driving anyhow) as I've been in well over ten years we decided on the Wave on route to Plan C Soap Creek Canyon since Steve's Corolla could get to that canyon :) In all honesty I was getting a wee bit bummed at this point. (in case you haven't heard I run a little website with 30,000 members called HikeARIZONA, how in gods name I ended up at some wind sculptured sandlot in Utah... err)

Well I have to admit the place is incredible. Perhaps even more incredible was the route Kurt led. Skirting sandstone ledges at heights and speeds I'd never do alone. It was quite the journey getting photos and keeping up.

Onwards to Arizona the beautiful (aka HOME! :) :) :) )
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Another terrific trip to the Wave & Coyote Buttes North, this time with Joe & Steve.
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