Trail Pictures

Climb into Peek-a-boo

Double arch

Double arch

Peek-a-boo

Spooky

Chris @ Spooky

Spooky

Spooky

Spooky

Spooky

Justin @ Spooky

Spooky

Don't ask

Coyote

Chris

Justin

Justin and Chris

Bridge

Bridge

Bridge

Arson?

Jacob Hamblin

Jacob Hamblin

Heart for Tracy

Chimney Rock

Hole in the Rock

Lake Powell

Coyote Gulch

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On April 18, 2013, Chris flew to Salt Lake and he and I drove down to southern Utah to meet

Justin for a long weekend of backpacking in Escalante.  We met Justin in Capitol Reef, and

then pressed on to Escalante, where we stayed in a hotel for the night.  We got up early the

next morning and drove down to Spooky and Peek-a-boo Canyons (Google Map).  This

trailhead is usually overrun with people this time of year, but with the early start, we were the

first cars at the trailhead.  We made our way down to the gulch, and then started the loop of

Peek-a-boo and Spooky.  These slots are really pretty, but they had some considerably tighter

spots than I remembered...and that makes them fun.  We had a lot of fun in the slots, and we

didn't see any other people until we started back up to the trailhead.  When we got back to the

trailhead, Justin realized he had gotten a flat tire.  This forced us to change our plans.  My

original plan called for us to leave one car at Chimney Rock and to drive the other car to the 40

Mile Ridge Trailhead.  Unfortunately, this plan would require Justin to drive his car, on a donut,

another 15 or 20 miles on a rocky, dirt road, and then drive 10 miles or so down a small road

that has some deep sand spots.  I was worried that we would be risking too much by having

him drive that much on questionable roads with a donut.  So we decided to leave his car where

it was and then just take my truck to 40 Mile and just shorten the trip.  Unfortunately, we would

not be able to climb out from the climb at Jacob Hamblin, so we would need to figure out

another way.  I had read a trip report where someone climbed up on 40 Mile Ridge from

Hurricane Wash to walk back to the trailhead, and I thought that might be possible.  If not, I

figured we could always backtrack to the trailhead.  I even considered just hiking up Stevens

Canyon.

So we left Justin's car and headed on.  At 40 Mile, the trailhead was pretty crowded, but it

wasn't too bad.  We hiked across the desert, and then dropped down the Crack in the Wall

after enjoying the great view over the Escalante and Stevens Arch.  After dropping our back

down the Crack and descending down to Coyote Gulch, we realized that we really didn't want

to have to climb back up to the trailhead...so we would need to do something else.  This

eliminated the option of going up Stevens, and also eliminated the option of backtracking down

Coyote.

So we started up Coyote.  Coyote is a very pretty canyon, and the hike was nice.  We passed

several groups, but the crowds weren't too bad the first day.  We ended up finding a nice

campsite above the canyon floor, and just slept out under the starts, as Chris joked about

carving another version of Mount Rushmore in the wilds of Coyote Gulch.

The next morning we continued up canyon.  Once we reached Jacob Hamblin, we ran into the

crowds.  We really hadn't seen very many people before this, but at JH there were several

large groups of people, including one family climbing up the boy scout exit with some very

young children...that scared me.  But we continued past JH, which was new territory for me.

The canyon up from JH has some really nice, big alcoves, and those were really cool.  We then

made it to the confluence of Hurricane Wash, and we turned up Hurricane.

We continued through the lush vegetation in lower Hurricane, before the canyon opened up

and became exposed and hot.  We took a break in the shade of a canyon wall where Tracy

and I had once camped in Hurricane Wash, and then continued up canyon.  A mile or two

before getting back to Hole in the Rock Road, we climbed out of Hurricane up onto the desert

floor and walked across the desert up Fortymile Ridge.  We could see the water tank trailhead

for most of the walk, but it was a long way away, and took us a couple of hours to reach.  I

didn't think the hike up 40 mile was too bad, but Justin and Chris said they were zapped pretty

good by the desert sun.  Once back on the 40 mile ridge road, we were soon offered a ride by

some college students heading out for a long trip in Stevens Canyon.  I accepted the ride, as it

saved us at least an hour of walking the road.

After picking Justin and Chris up, we drove back to Hole in the Rock Road, and then drove all

the way out to Hole in the Rock.  I had never been past 40 Mile, so it was nice driving the rest

of the road.  I had read that the road got pretty rough towards the end, but the road was in

great shape.  We hiked around some at the end of the road, and enjoyed the views over Lake

Powell.  We then found a nice campsite, and again just slept under the stars on the slickrock.

The next day we got up and headed back home.

This was a great trip.  Coyote can get kind of crowded, but most of the people we saw were

around Jacob Hamblin Arch, so it wasn't too bad.  It was also nice finding a creative way to get

back to the car when we had planned on having a shuttle car.  And, as always, it's fun taking

people to the desert canyons for their first time...it's an amazing place.