Utah Parks and Canyon
April 18-25, 2020
Co-Trip Leaders: Leslie Green and Nanette Eshelman
Type of Trip: Hiking/Backpacking
Trip Cost/Deposit: $600/$300 (+ Airfare)
Cancellation Date and full payment: January 18, 2020
Wilderness Level: 4
Trip Difficulty: Difficult-elevation gains and losses, rock scrambling, 50+ miles of hiking with up to 10 miles per day over rugged terrain
Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment
Level 3: Applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day, we can hike up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.
Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can e steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.
Group Size: 7/7 Maximum/Minimum
This adventurous trip to southern Utah will include visits to four national parks, a few state parks, and exploration of The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. A tentative itinerary includes:
- Canyonland National Park (Island in the Sky) - Walking along the canyon edge you will have amazing views of the Colorado River and watch the light and shadows play on the canyon floor as the sun sets. Upheaval Rock, Whale Rock and Grandview Point will be short hikes with a big punch of scenery unique to Utah. Mesa Arch, famous for its sunrise views will delight at any hour.
-Deadhorse State Park -The Visitors Center and grounds will give us a chance to brush up on geology facts and the local flora. Viewing the night sky will be breathtaking.
-Arches National Park with more than 2,000 sandstone arches, towers, and monoliths will amaze as we drive the 18 miles to our campsite and trailhead at Devils Garden. Stops along the way will include Delicate Arch, the most famous of the arches. Landscape Arch, Pine Tree and Tunnel Arch are just some of the highlights of an 8- mile hike from Devils Garden.
-Goblin Valley State Park- You may think you are on planet Mars as we make a brief stop when we travel between national parks.
-Capitol Reef National Park We’ll the Scenic Drive before a hotel night where we can prepare for our first overnight backpack trip. Upper Muley Twist will travel through a colorful, meandering canyon that brings us to expansive views of the Waterpocket Fold (colorful geologic landform). Imagine the views from high on the spine of the fold.
-Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument - a vast and diverse geologic treasure speckled with monoliths, slot canyons, natural bridges, and arches. We’ll undertake several day hikes and canyon explorations in the area, which will have you climbing rock walls and squeezing through narrow passages. Our second backpack experience will be to Coyote Gulch, a deep red-walled canyon that will afford you neck-craning views up and through numerous arches and geological features.
-Bryce Canyon National Park -- before heading back to Salt Lake City, we’ll make a stop to see (and possibly hike in) the eye-popping, fairyland of hoodoos in this natural wonder.
This will be a briskly paced trip with daily hikes that will put significant demands on your stamina. You must be physically fit and capable of climbing up and down rock features, traipsing through water, and hiking 5-10 miles in rocky and sandy terrain with a day pack or a full backpack.
The cost of the trip includes camping fees for three nights, hotel lodging at Capitol Reef and Salt Lake City prior to return home, transportation in high-clearance vehicles, eight campground meals, park entrance fees, and other miscellaneous expenses. Airfare to SLC and other meals are at your expense.
Questions may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form and Long Waiver Form.
Effective on all trips, there will be a $50 non refundable registration fee. This fee will be assessed to those who sign up for a trip, get on the roster and then later cancel. Even cancelling before the cancel date. Those who never make the active roster (i.e. those who stay on the waitlist) will NOT be charged the $50 cancellation fee.