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Coyote Gulch

Coyote Gulch

Coyote Gulch in Escalante National Monument is a great hike with red-walled canyon with waterfalls, cottonwoods, Anasazi ruins and incredible arches. We hiked it in counter-clock wise loop, hiking first in the coral sand and sagebrush country before coming across the cliff to the entrance below. But the only way down the 50 foot cliff is to squeeze your way down a crack in the rock. Once you’re down you follow a sand dune to the trail down to a tributary of the Escalante River. You hike around this massive rock monolith with views of Stevens Arch. Once you hit the stream the best way to hike was hitting up the creek. It was at least 5-6 miles before we hiked up to the Coyote Natural Bridge and then finally arriving at the stunning Jacob Hamblin Arch and this massive alcove. It’s really hard to do justice with this photo how big it is. I tried! This was my favorite part of Coyote Gulch. Then the fun really began. The trail out of Coyote Gulch is an old Anasazi trail up the cliff. I saw a couple hikers climb up the rock face earlier so I knew this was the trail out. We slowly made our way up. The challenge was it was at a 50 degree angle and not much to grip onto. It was a class 3 scramble! Thank God there were a couple climbers behind us that helped us get past the exposed section. Then we climbed up and up making our way out Coyote Gulch and back three miles to the parked car just as the moon came up.