Coyote Gulch Backpacking Trip

Well, I went into this trip hoping to remove the bitter taste our last backpacking trip left me with (what, carrying 50 pounds straight up a billion mountains doesn’t sound like fun?), and we succeeded.  To say this trip was memorable would be an understatement.  The kids are still talking about it and asking when we can go back (when you start carrying your own packs, slackers).  We were accompanied by 3 uncles, 2 cousins, 1 aunt and 1 grandpa from both of our families – what a party.  Writing cannot do this trip justice, so here’s a million pictures so you can see why this truly is Andrew’s favorite place on earth!
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So beautiful.  So fun.  So worth it.  And don’t worry, the kids are just downing their celebratory IBC root beer at the end :)

If you are looking for more trip info, here is a great web resource.  Enjoy it if you go!

 

 

 

 

12 Comments

  • braveskimom says:

    Beautiful photos! I want to go!

  • shawna says:

    Nice success story! Looked like everyone had fun!

  • Deanna says:

    Where was this at?? Beautiful pics.

  • bringthekid says:

    It’s in Southern Utah between Escalante and Lake Powell. It’s a drive, but so worth it (occasionally)

  • Scott says:

    Great photos. It looks like you all had a great hike.

    We plan to hike it next month and have a few questions.

    What time of year did you go? And would you change that if you do it again?

    What route did you take? I’ve read a bunch about the hike and a bit concerned about the climb up out of the gulch by Jacob Hamblins arch. Did you take ropes for that part?

    • bringthekids says:

      I’ve been into Coyote
      Gulch quite a few times and love it. March would be good, although it may
      be cold in the evenings and there are a lot of times that you end up
      walking in the river, so if it is cold be prepared with good wool socks or
      other ways to keep your feet warm. It may take until the afternoon for the
      water to warm up enough to be enjoyable.

      I’ve been at many times through Spring, summer and fall, but far prefer
      either the spring or fall. Summer is great when you are down in the
      canyon, but going in and out can be a brutal desert hike in the heat.

      I’ve done the crack in the wall and Jacob Hamblin. Hurricane wash trailhead
      I’m familiar with and know many people who have done it that way. It makes
      it a lot longer and although I’ve hiked up from Jacob Hamblin Arch a few
      miles, all of the highlights are from Jacob Hamblin arch down and so we
      focus our time there. That said, for the easiest access, Hurricane Wash is
      the way to go. It will be a much longer trip, adding 5 – 6 miles each way,
      but if you are worried aobut the climb, or if you have the time, it can
      work.

      The crack in the wall is not too bad either, although if you are taking big
      packs, I’d suggest bringing ropes to drop your packs off of a roughly 50
      foot cliff because they won’t really fit through the crack. If you come
      out that way, it is a rough mile or more uphill in the sand, so depending
      on the time of day, that can be very exhausting.

      I almost always use the Jacob Hamblin entry/exit. I’ve taken my 50 year
      old mother, who doesn’t like heights, up and down it. I haven’t used ropes,
      but many people prefer that. there aren’t any anchors though. With the
      kids

      Realistically, if you are confident with your ability to smear, or stand on
      50 degree sandstone and trust your footing, you will be fine. I
      suggest zig zagging your way from ledge to ledge as you go down or up.
      Each section you go down, you can find a little easier spot one way or another.

  • John says:

    I see it was still warm. What dates did you go? Was it October? How cool were the nights? We’re planning a trip there early October.

    • bringthekids says:

      Yea, the water is cool early on in the morning, but it is that way even in the summer. We had jackets early on in the mornings as you may be in the shade for a few hours before the sun makes it down into the canyon, but then once it does, September/October is a great time.

      We were there from October 12 – 15 in 2011 and the weather was perfect. I’m guessing that the nights were around 50 – 55. I could imagine it might get a little colder if you had some stormy weather, but shouldn’t get too much lower until later in the year.

      Enjoy your trip when you go!

  • Colton says:

    Thanks for the link! Coyote Gulch and the entire Escalante area is such a beautiful area – and a great place to bring the kids! I hope to bring my children here one day to help them appreciate what nature has to offer. Great photos and great post – thanks!

  • Lauren says:

    We are going next week and taking a 2 1/2 year old and a 1 year old. I have been a few times and have loved it! I was feeling really confident in our plan but have been getting a ton of slack from family mostly saying we are crazy for trying to do that hike with such small kids! We are planning on going in crack in the wall and coming out Redwell any advice for navigating crack in the wall with the babes?

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