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Wiregrass Canyon - 4 members in 8 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 31 2018
andreaKong
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40 female
 Joined Mar 31 2018
 Glenwood Springs
Wiregrass CanyonSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2018
andreaKong
Hiking9.00 Miles
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.80 mph
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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.
Feb 16 2014
camiles
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45 male
 Joined Feb 19 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Wiregrass CanyonSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2014
camiles
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.00 mph
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We read about this hike while looking for hikes to do near page - at the visitor center in Big Water they had a sheet with directions and told us what to look for which was much appreciated (the road was in good shape when we went although there was a wet/flowing stream crossing very near the beginning which was probably possible but would have been uncomfortable/ill-advised in a passenger car - huge ruts on the side of the road certainly show what a muddy mess this road could be when wet). What we did not realize is that with the current lake levels even 5ish miles down the canyon there is no hint of the lake! The park service still indicates 3 on at least one website - we read the report from Vaporman from 2007 on 8 miles round-trip to the lake - but when we climbed out to the rim after about 5 miles (in an area marked with quite a bit of 'lake' on the USGS map) we could not even see water! Always possible that it was closer and we just didn't see it - but it looked like it would be quite a bit more hiking to really get to the lake...

This was still a great hike - beautiful canyon with interesting walls and arches. We did this later in the day and the last few miles back were under the nearly full moon - the canyon was quite a bit more fun and dramatic in the moonlight! Great hike although have to admit that it would have been just a touch more fun to either get to the lake or have known not to expect it...

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmiles/sets/72157640909213723/
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May 07 2011
BubbaSue
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54 female
 Joined Mar 17 2011
 Page, AZ
Wiregrass CanyonSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar May 07 2011
BubbaSue
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles
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Did the Wiregrass Canyon hike. There was no marker at the trailhead, and I have a feeling I started at the wrong place. Where I started, there was a pouroff right at the start and I never found a way down into the canyon, so mine was a rim hike. I wandered over and hiked along another canyon to the east for a while. The views were great and it was an easy hike. Close to the canyon edge the ground was sandy and covered in thin rocks that break underfoot so you can't get too close to the edge. The colors were very muted, so pictures don't show how beautiful it is.

The HAZ directions didn't make sense to me so I stopped at the Grandstaircase/Escalante visitor center in Big Water where I got a map. The turn off of 89 is directly across from the visitor center, so coming from Page, you take a right onto Ethan Allen. after about 1/4 mile you come to a stop sign with a tan warehouse building facing you with the number 300 on it. You turn right onto Smoky Mtn Rd. The ranger told me to go down the road to where the stream crosses, then go 4 1/2 miles from there to where you see a flattened area where you can park. I drove around and never found a parking area, so I chose the wash closest to where he said and started there.
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Oct 01 2007
ToadOfTheRocks
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44 male
 Joined Dec 02 2006
 Page, AZ
Wiregrass CanyonSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2007
ToadOfTheRocks
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles
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Beautiful canyon, unfortunatly with kids we weren't able to enter narrows which start about 3/4 of a mile down beginning with a 20 foot or so pouroff followed by a 30 foot or so pouroff. Cairns mark a way around, but the descent back into the narrows seemed too dangerous for the kids and our scared hound due to loose rock and steep slope. Lots of strange rock formations and honeycomb weathering in the rocks. Saw a foot long Desert Collared Lizard on the way around the pouroffs, he even stopped for a pose.
!!!Beware!!!! The warnings about driving in this area are real. If it has rained or will rain, DO NOT drive down Smoky Hollow Road. It is comprised of bentonite clay and becomes Impossibly Impassible no matter what kind of vehicle or tires you have. When you become stuck (if it is wet you will) it could be days before it is dry enough to be safe to drive!
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May 05 2007
Vaporman
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40 male
 Joined Mar 28 2005
 SLC, Utah
Wiregrass CanyonSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2007
Vaporman
Hiking8.00 Miles
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   1.85 mph
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Due to the lake being so low, its now at least 8 miles RT. The landscape here is very unique and other-worldly. This canyon is extremely different from the other canyons we explored in the vicinity; and this is what made this canyon so enjoyable. We saw the two natural bridge, many balncaing rocks, side canyons, flowing vegetaion, and eventually the lake with loads of sage brush impeding our progress. So we decided to just climb a ridge and eat lunch while overlooking the lake about a quarter mile away. 8)
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Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
Mar 04 2007
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Wiregrass CanyonSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2007
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking1.00 Miles
Hiking1.00 Miles      30 Mns   2.00 mph
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Wiregrass Canyon

This was more an exploratory "look-see" in anticipation of a future adventure. First note; the trail head isn't as marked by HAZ near Hwy 89. At Big Water, take Smoky Mountain Road (Rec. Road 230) east along the north shore of Lake Powell. About 5 miles from Hwy 89, you will cross Wiregrass Canyon. Second note; TH GPS coordinates are 37o 04.830'N, 111o 34.969'W.

We had plenty on our plate this Sunday hiking Coyote Buttes (The Wave), Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend View. Spent an "interesting" Saturday night in Page checking out the night life (not)...
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Mar 05 2006
_doc_
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53 male
 Joined Jan 30 2005
 Grand Canyon, AZ
Wiregrass CanyonSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2006
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Hiking8.00 Miles
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.67 mph
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Pretty cool canyon. When I went, I was the only person there all day. Judging by the tracks, I was the first person in days or weeks. It's a meandering hike with a couple of bridges. There are some cool narrows (used in Planet of the Apes). There are two little scramble spots as you're going down. They're pretty easy. Shortly after that, there is a little side trail that will take you to the top of the ridge; you can look down and see where both canyons touch (and make the first natural bridge). The trail up is OK- but if you want to skip it, just continue on downstream. After many turns, the second bridge is one that you have to go through to continue on. Towards the end of it, there were thousands of sagebrushes and tamerisks. The sagebrushes actually blocked the way through the bottom of the canyon at one point (I had to pull and toss about 20 sagebrush bundles to get through). With the lake down so low these days, it's a weird tamerisk and sagebrush maze. The hike was definitely worth it.
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Aug 06 2003
pierad
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55 female
 Joined Apr 14 2002
 Ridgefield,N.J.
Wiregrass CanyonSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2003
pierad
Hiking3.00 Miles
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We did this hike on 7/24 at 3:00 in the afternoon. Normally we would be worried about the monsoon season and flash floods, but the ranger at the Glen Canyon Dam said it wasn't going to rain. It is a nice, flat, easy hike with a little rock scrambling. There is a section that you have to slide down. on the way back look for cairns on your right. Follow them to climb up. At a mile in, according to our pedometer, we saw the first natural bridge. We continued into the canyon but after 3.5 miles we did not find the second one. Because of a 4 year drought, Lake Powell is so low that you can not see it at 3 miles in anymore. We had to turn around because a wind storm began. The ranger was right, it didn't rain but we got sand blasted. I had to keep my eyes partially shut so dirt wouldn't get stuck to my contacts. I could hardly see but we ran most of the way back to the car. If you do get stuck in the rain you will probably have to wait it out even if you make it back to your car. The road floods. Even though it doesn't sound like a good experience, the trail was beautiful. There are lots of balancing rocks and cool formations. You could see where water once filled the canyon by the color changes in the walls. There are a few side canyons which might be worth exploring. Just make sure someone knows where you are going.
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