Little Death Hollow, Escalante

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012
Little Death Hollow, Escalante

Little Death Hollow has been on my list for a long time. Once I even started hiking it but turned back near the trailhead because it was so late and we weren’t really prepared for it. So it was awesome to finally do the whole thing this year with the return trip via Wolverine Canyon. […]

Sand Creek, Escalante

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012
Sand Creek, Escalante

Went on a short backpacking trip in Escalante in early spring conditions. Pretty cold out so we wanted to stay dry and avoid hiking in and out of water. Sand Creek hit the spot. It’s just a few minutes outside of Boulder, UT off of Highway 12. Really a great early spring hiking and backpacking […]

Fortymile and Willow Gulch, May 2011

Posted by on May 24, 2011
Fortymile and Willow Gulch, May 2011

This will go down as one of my longer trip reports. I can’t help it though, this trip was really, really nice. Hard to put it to words but this excerpt from Desert Solitaire says it pretty well. “Strolling on, it seems to me that the strangeness and wonder of existence are emphasized here, in […]

Long Nights in Escalante, January 2011

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011
Long Nights in Escalante, January 2011

I spent a few days last week camping in the Escalante area. We didn’t get in nearly as much hiking as planned but we still got to see some cool stuff. The temps at night were into the 20’s with a slight breeze so it felt even cooler. Daytime temps were into the 50’s which […]

Egypt Slots, Escalante, September 2010

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010
Egypt Slots, Escalante, September 2010

I was lucky enough to get to do some canyoneering with Kev, Mike and Aram earlier this week. I had previously done quite a bit of rappelling, some climbing and lots of backpacking so it wasn’t too far out there to go technical canyoneering. The original plan was to hit a couple shorter slots on […]

Death Hollow+Escalante River, September 2010

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010
Death Hollow+Escalante River, September 2010

September brings colder weather back to the high elevations and me back to the desert. This year we planned a nice backpacking trip to Death Hollow. One of my favorite desert destinations. It was the first place I ever backpacked and it’s an awesome place to bring the dogs. We’ve come here a lot now, […]

Coyote Gulch, May 2010

Posted by on May 26, 2010
Coyote Gulch, May 2010

Coyote Gulch, one of the premiere backpacking destinations in the state of Utah. I had always wanted to check it out but no dogs are allowed so for several years I passed it by for the many other dog-friendly canyons in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. But in May, 2010, a trip was planned, the […]

Bighorn Canyon and Hole-in-the-Rock, April 2010

Posted by on Apr 20, 2010
Bighorn Canyon and Hole-in-the-Rock, April 2010

April is such a great time to be in the desert. The plan for this trip was to establish a base camp on Hole-in-the-Rock Road and spend three days out exploring and hiking some areas we hadn’t seen yet. We did a day hike into Bighorn Canyon the first day. The next day we planned […]

Bad Luck in the Desert, March 2009

Posted by on Mar 30, 2009
Bad Luck in the Desert, March 2009

In March of ’09 we set out towards the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument for the traditional spring trip. The plan was to camp the first night in Escalante and then head west towards Cannonville to do some exploring on the Cottonwood Canyon Road. My friend Micajah and his friend John, both from Louisiana followed us, […]

Harris Wash, Escalante, May 2008

Posted by on May 25, 2008
Harris Wash, Escalante, May 2008

Harris Wash gets mentioned a lot when you’re looking to do some backpacking in Escalante, so I was surprised to have it pretty much all to ourselves on this trip. We planned to do 3 days and make it down to the confluence but we had a packing malfunction that caused us to cut the […]

Death Hollow & The Boulder Mail Trail

Posted by on Jun 6, 2007
Death Hollow & The Boulder Mail Trail

Ahhh Death Hollow, my favorite. I’ve access Death Hollow a multitude of ways, this time around we started at the Boulder Mail Trailhead hiked west overland into Death Hollow, south to the Escalante River, east to Sand Creek and then east again to the Highway 12 Bridge at the Escalante River. The plan was to […]

Willow Gulch & Escalante River Gorge

Posted by on Mar 22, 2007
Willow Gulch & Escalante River Gorge

This was a very short notice trip. I wasn’t planning on getting out to the desert until May but it was spring break from school and the weather was just too good to ignore. This trip would become Audra’s first ever backpacking trip so we decided we would do a day hike on the first […]

Death Hollow & The Escalante River Gorge

Posted by on Apr 30, 2006
Death Hollow & The Escalante River Gorge

The Death Hollow/Escalante River Gorge is one of those areas that I am continually drawn to when I think about a backpacking trip in the desert. There really aren’t that many places where you can bring the dogs, see outstanding scenery, drink clear water and still get so out there. I love this place.