Kitchen Canyon Falls & Starlight Narrows

In the western portion of GSENM and about 1 mile up from the Paria River is the seldom-visited Kitchen Canyon Falls and nearby Starlight Canyon Narrows. Getting to this location would be a moderately-long day hike from the Pahreah Townsite (and former Paria Movie Set) location. But, for those backpacking… Continue reading

Burr Trail Loop Hike

Spring 2016 definitely didn’t turn out like I imagined. After months of planning, I scrapped my “Bryce to Canyonlands” itinerary due to a lingering ankle injury as well as schedule complications. Then more logistical conflicts doomed plan B as well. After Plan C seemed less than ideal, I ended up… Continue reading

Video: The Burr Trail Loop Hike

The video of my 9-day, 153-mile loop hike around the Burr Trail in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park. The windy/cold May 2016 trek through the land of slot canyons and wide-open vistas features Big Horn Canyon, Zebra Slot, Harris Wash, Choprock Canyon, Lower Muley Twist, Upper… Continue reading

Hayduke: Cottonwood Road Solar Well

Good water is hard to find along many stretches of the Hayduke Trail. This is especially true crossing the Kaiparowits Plateau (Section 7). At Grosvenor Arch one will find pit toilets, but no water or trash. If there aren’t any friendly tourists willing to supply water, then this short diversion… Continue reading

Hayduke: Monday Canyon

Monday Canyon is a remote canyon on the Kairparowits Plateau. The canyon cuts down the western side of Fiftymile Mountain towards Rogers Canyon which soon turns into Croton Canyon which leads to Lake Powell. The canyon has seen increased usage since becoming a part of the Hayduke Trail (Section 7).… Continue reading

Hike Guide: Yellow Rock

  approx 3 miles round-trip Yellow Rock is an interesting geologic formation that sits atop the reef called the Cockscomb in the southern portion of Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument. Though there is no official trail, a fairly-well-worn route zig-zags about a mile up a gully to the massive outcrop of… Continue reading

Video: Zion to Capitol Reef

The video from my 20-day, 320-mile trek from Zion to Capitol Reef from earlier this spring. If you prefer to just see the highlights, there’s also the up-tempo short version with music (7+ minutes). And, If you haven’t already, check out the full trip report.

VIDEO: Grand Staircase/Escalante Hike 2006

Here’s a throw-back video from my first “big hike” in southern Utah. The 25-day trek took me across one of the longest “pavement free” stretches in the US; approximately from east of Zion to Capitol Reef National Park. Fairly new to long-distance hiking and cross-country travel, I carried WAY too… Continue reading