Escalante River (High) Usage 2012

intuitive cat

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Just wanted to give an update on the current usage of the Escalante River Trailhead on Highway 12 so that those of you planning to come down & hike from that TH will know what to expect.
Currently, as of May 11th, 2012, for the last week I have seen a consistent full parking lot with overflow next to the highway averaging at least 4 or 5 cars EVERY DAY.
On most days, 1/2 of the vehicles are group vans.
so, there are a LOT of people in the Escalante River Gorge this spring.
just a heads up.
Amazingly, when I hiked downstream towards Bowington/Deer Canyon on the 10th, I only passed/saw 3 people. What surprised me the most is that I saw one of those people on the opposite side of the river from the trail in a spot that would normally get next to NO traffic and did not have a clear river crossing, but required bushwacking through tamerisk & russian olive.
 

intuitive cat

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I'm in the area soon and really appreciate your service,thanks for the update. :twothumbs:
I guess I'll ask you again in approximately two weeks about some conditions

I'll warn you that Memorial Day Weekend is the busiest weekend of the year out here.
 

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Are the demon gnats out yet? Do you get them up there? I think they are called cedar gnats or juniper gnats?

Yesterday I got a call from a friend who camped along the cottonwood canyon road close to 89 and he said the gnats were brutal.
 

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Are the demon gnats out yet? Do you get them up there? I think they are called cedar gnats or juniper gnats?
here, we call 'em no-see-ums. so far this season, they have not been bad around Boulder. when i was just on the Escalante, i had no insect problems at all. we have a slight chance of rain & t-storms just about every other day this next week though with hot sunny days in between, so that may change things.
Yesterday I got a call from a friend who camped along the cottonwood canyon road close to 89 and he said the gnats were brutal.

a lot of the storms this spring have hit that side of the monument & then run north up John's Valley west of Powell Point, so i think it has been wetter over there = more bugs.
 

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Yesterday I got a call from a friend who camped along the cottonwood canyon road close to 89 and he said the gnats were brutal.

that sucks!! The gnats usually attack me within minutes :mad:

here, we call 'em no-see-ums. so far this season, they have not been bad around Boulder. when i was just on the Escalante, i had no insect problems at all. we have a slight chance of rain & t-storms just about every other day this next week though with hot sunny days in between, so that may change things.

I hope the no-see-ums stay away, I had some really bad experiences with them a few years ago.
Maybe I should gear up with enough DEET, it's the only stuff that helps to get rid of them for a while.
I wish I could avoid that chemical stuff but nothing else has worked for me. :(
 

intuitive cat

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just talked to a friend with the BLM today & he said the cedar gnats are starting to come out in the Escalante Canyons area now.
I'll be getting out later this week & will report back as to how bad they are.
 
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