May 29, 2013
|WALKING IN COYOTE GULCH|
We Arrived at the Redwell Trailhead which is one of the starting points to Coyote Gulch. We followed the dry fork into the desert entrance of Coyote gulch which was nothing more than a moist gravel river bed with cottonwood, yucca, and Juniper trees. We got to sleep early on a sandy riverbed so we could get a head start to our long and strenuous journey into the escalante.
|varnished canyon walls|
Once we past Hurricane Wash we started to see people walking in the opposite direction making short talk as we crossed paths with each other.
We continued to meander around the gigantic canyon bends and came upon Jacob Hamblins Arch. We are here!! Finally.
|Jacob Hamblin Arch|
This arch has a break down collapse section which appeared to have fallen creating one of the biggest and most beautiful arches I have ever seen !
A storm was rolling in and being in a canyon with no way out was not the best place to be so we found escape routes on top of shelves and benches in case a roaring torrent of water came rolling in like a train wreck. The thunder cleared up and we continued down stream past waterfall cut slot canyons and a natural bridge as we watched the canyon walls rise into the sky around us. Finally, we made it to a section of Coyote Gulch next to the Sky Arch where we set up camp for the night.
|WALKING CANYON PASSAGE|
We decided the following day to start our hike out of the canyon, up hill, and to the car so we could get to the Egypt System and down to the escalante river for Neon Canyon. We paced ourselves and made our 10 mile hike back to the car and onto Egypt. It was a challenge to make it back but it was nothing compared to what we were going to encounter next.
NEXT TO JACOBS ARCH (notice the people in the lower right)