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Snake Gulch to Table Rock - 4 members in 8 triplogs have rated this an average 4.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 10 2018
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36 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Snake Gulch to Table RockNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2018
HippyTriplogs 649
Hiking12.00 Miles 670 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles
670 ft AEG
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Girl's day out and it was a warm one!
Took two NPS friends out to the gulch, neither had been before and it was a blast.

We discussed possible meanings for "graphs and glyphs" we saw along the way, explore some caves and tested a route up and out of the Gulch I heard about. It went!

If you visit this place please don't mess it up.

The hike is very straightforward and calm. Almost no elevation change and the path is well worn, 100 years ago it was barely even a cattle trail. For decades cattle roamed the area, some still sneak in. Nowadays the path we follow is entirely thanks to the cattle from the past...it's almost disgusting to think about it that way but having hiked through the entire length twice now...ugh, I'm grateful for the cow trail! :lol:

There are some reliable water sources I've found between the TH and Kanab Creek.

Table Rock Spring was definitely the best.

We must have walked right past Pigeon Spring, we never noticed it, it was dry on that side of the gulch.

Wildband Spring was reliable (in April 2018) and really cool from a historical point of view!!

Willow Spring also had reliable water in April 2018 and it was very tasty!

Rock Spring also had water same time.

Rumour has it Slide Canyon has Slide Spring, haven't had a chance to visit that one yet. If anyone has any info on it's reliability please let me know!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Table Rock Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Very reliable water source as of April 2018
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Oct 08 2016
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 Joined Jan 21 2013
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Snake Gulch to Table RockNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar Oct 08 2016
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Backpack16.37 Miles 1,856 AEG
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This was the first stop of an eight day foray on the north rim of the Grand Canyon that included: a trip to Toroweap, Lava Falls, Nampaweap Trumbell, Jump Up Trail, a three day backpack into Deer Creek and Thunder River and a quick finale in Marble Canyon. This little over night backpack turned out to be a tremendous start to our trip. I was very intrigued by the prehistory of the area and thought it was an ideal backpack for Jackie and the pups from the sounds of the terrain, so I decided to make this my introductory venture into the Kanab Creek Wilderness.

We drove up Friday night and slept at the trailhead for an early start Saturday. The trail is in great shape, the tread is heavy and it is pretty easy to follow. However, some may prefer pants or gaiters for the sporadic sections of over growth along the trail. The rock art is tough to miss and it really is some of the best I have seen and worthy of the praise it receives in the hike description. I was thankful I brought along Jackie because she pointed out about three times as many ancient drawings as me, which she attributed to me walking too fast. The area is a very dry. In fact, I was starting to really worry when the trough described in the description was in major disrepair and dry as a bone. We moved towards the spring location on my GPS and passed another empty and defunct trough before finally reaching the source, where a beautiful seep was filling two cement troughs with clear cool water. I thought, "phew we were not turning around for a 16 mile day hike with over night packs!"

After finding out we were not going to die of thirst, we did a lot of exploring in the area and were not disappointed. The amount of quality rock art out there is unprecedented and the figures depicted leave one mystified. In fact, I am probably more intrigued than ever now about the prehistoric people of the southwest. After a perfect night, with perfect conditions it was a quick hike out the next morning, a few more finds and on to Toroweap.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Table Rock Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
One full and one partially full overflow trough, spring dripping nicely. Go directly to source of spring on topo map. Under large overhang.
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May 11 2012
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55 male
 Joined Apr 04 2002
 Flagstaff, AZ
Snake Gulch to Table RockNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2012
squatpukeTriplogs 173
Hiking22.00 Miles 960 AEG
Hiking22.00 Miles   8 Hrs      2.75 mph
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I initially found the Snake Gulch hike in Wilson's book "Hiking Ruins Seldom Seen" then followed-up up at HAZ finding Rob's great description. Decided it was a must do.

I had been considering a trip to hike the Toroweep/Lava Falls route quite some time and tacking Snake Gulch into a long weekend made good sense. The plan was to camp at the Snake Gulch trail head Thursday, hike the Snake Gulch "out & back" Friday then bust north for some R&R at a Kanab motel. Then, Saturday morning we would drive several hours out to Toroweep to do Vulcan's Throne, leaving Lava Falls route for a VERY early start on Sunday as well as the huge drive back to Flagstaff. The first part of the trip went perfectly as planned...however, I once again was foiled by the Toroweep logistics for Sat/Sun (read on).

We (my high school basketball buddy from Kingman) left Flagstaff around 1:30pm and easily made the Snake Gulch TH (via Jacob's Lake) around 5pm. We setup camp and roasted some dogs over the campfire. At 7am, armed with Kelsey's maps, we headed north up Nail Canyon to the old homestead/ranch, then west through Snake Gulch. Our mission...to find as much Rock Art as possible.

Beyond the homestead, we didn't really see clear signs of history until about the 2 mile mark when we came upon the petroglyph alcove. Another mile or so we hit the first panel (Rob called it the "parents panel") and from that point on the pictographs become very abundant.

About 3/4s the way, I climbed up a 20' vertical ledge to some great, semi-hidden pictographs...it was a very tough down climb, but I fortunately survived w/o breaking my neck.

We finally arrived at Table Rock (was "supposed" to be obvious, but it's rather diminutive size left us both wondering a bit.) but for some crazy reason didn't even bother to explore the south (or north) side of Table Rock so I suspect from Rob's description that we missed some great art. :(

We both decided to continue west for bit, and around the 6.5-7 mile mark, my buddy told me he had had enough and was breaking. We found a shady alcove to eat but instead, my curiosity got the best of me. I grabbed a liter of water and my camera...told my buddy I was going to quickly "bust out" the rest of the canyon and sped off on my own. Was not a very smart idea. I simply thought the end of the canyon was a cool mile or so away (was actually about 3)..but with every curve of the canyon, a new bend would emerge. I finally reached the intersection of Snake Gulch and Pigeon Canyon. I was hot, legs all cut up from the sagebrush...I was becoming very nervous and apprehensive. I started to regret what I had just done and wished I hadn't gone so FAR off on my own. I found the ranch (north alcove just past the fence) and "the ruin" mentioned in some online material (see photos-south of the intersection about 1/4 mile on the west side of canyon). Nothing very spectacular, but I achieved my goal. As I hurriedly hiked back to where my buddy was, I continued to be plagued with troubling and anxious thoughts of injury, dehydration or snake bite..I had to force myself to not think so negatively. I only had about 1/4 a liter left, and was heavily reserving (never saw a drop of water anyway...springs out there?? hmmmmmm...Don't count on 'em.)...I developed a headache (from dehydration or stress I suspect).

I finally arrived back to my friend who was starting to worry a bit, and was getting ready to go out and look for me...we headed back east to our vehicle and surprisingly my friend's 100oz Camelback went dry with roughly 4 miles to go. We had to ration and share what was left of my 100oz'er (maybe 1/3) for the remaining part of the trip and went totally dry about a mile from the trail-head. :o 22 miles total (for me per GPS).

We arrived back to my truck and enjoyed refreshments. The hike from the trail-head to Table Rock is an EXTREMELY NICE day hike; flat with plenty to see along the dusty single track, but HOT...can't imagine summer out there. IMHO, there should be no huge interest to hike beyond Table Rock. (We saw two nice pictographs at our rest alcove about 1 mile past, but they were 80 feet up and impossible to reach w/o ropes or a "Randal Schulhauser type" telephoto lens ;) ). Wear gaiters if you got 'em...anything off trail leads to mass amounts of tiny foxtails from the grasses/weeds....I think my socks are ruined.

After arriving to city of Kanab, we started asking locals about the drive out to Toroweep. After gathering everyone's opinion, we basically talked ourselves out of any attempt...my historic '87 4-Runner has 265K miles and the off-road tires are balding on top. A puncture from a sharp rock out in BFE would have cost me a thousand dollar tow. Toroweep would need to wait for another day. :doh:

LOL...I'm optimistic though, I'm already planning another Toroweep/Lava Falls attempt, perhaps combining it with a search for Shaman's Gallery on Tuckup!!! Any takers??? You can you drive! :)
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Sep 18 2008
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75 male
 Joined Aug 26 2002
 Lakeside, AZ
Snake Gulch to Table RockNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2008
BelladonnaTookTriplogs 58
Hiking14.50 Miles 670 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   8 Hrs      1.81 mph
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Distance from trailhead to Table Rock is about seven miles. Not a square inch of shade anywhere along the way. Big panel is on north (upstream) side of Table Rock. We were disappointed by the amount of vandalism to the various art sites. Big panel appears to have been spared so far.
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 Joined Nov 23 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Snake Gulch to Table RockNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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everlizaTriplogs 12
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Amazing! Must schedule w/ a tour guide ahead of time. Involves some bouldering and some climbing through the snake like formation of the canyon.
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 Pocatello, ID
Snake Gulch to Table RockNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Didn't make it down to the Big Panel (started late, etc.), but I got to show the group The Spacemen at least.
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Nov 07 2003
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Backpacking trip to Table Rock, a day of exploring, and then packing out in the snow. Very awesome trip.
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