first utah backpack adventure... suggestions?

Joined
Apr 22, 2014
Messages
11
so,
i feel a bit overwhelmed with the possibilities in southern utah for backpacking. gonna be headed south tomorrow for a few weeks, and my girlfriend and i are wanting a few 3-4 night backpacking trips.

we got all the gear necessary and are willing and able to do some trekking!
we are open to canyons, long miles, and high country, obviously limited to proximity of good water sources.
not opposed to getting wet, but i think she would prefer staying mostly dry, and we are not outfitted for technical canyons.
solitude is not a must, but a big plus.
scenery is beautiful in almost every trip report i have seen, so not too worried about the views being the priority as much as the overall experience.
we would love to have atleast 2 nights at the same camp site for relaxing and side adventures without the heavy pack, and 2 other spots for some variety and for the sake of covering some miles. i love loops for the constant changing scenery, but not opposed to backtracking if need be.

i know that doesnt really narrow it down too much, haha, but just wanted to put out the feelers to you guys to see what you guys think, where do you think is a good place to start for a first utah backpacking adventure not soon to forget?
we are gonna throw Zion west rim trail in there somewhere, but are not limited to location for we are gonna start near moab and head west, willing and wanting to span a good chunk of southern utah in the upcoming weeks.

(not interested in coyote gulch because of the crowds)

really appreciate any time you guys take to share some ideas,
thanks
P8170172.JPG
 
Joined
Apr 22, 2014
Messages
11
that was not the picture i meant to post, but i think it is a great inspiration for backpacking:
to reach the views and campsites less visited and greater appreciated. this is in the castle crags wilderness in northern california. My first "backpacking" trip ever which spawned a hopefully lifelong passion. we planed to do 30 or so miles, but hiked only about 3 miles before getting to this view and ended up staying on the shore of this lake for 4 nights.

anyways,
suggestions and recommendations for utah please!
 

steve

Member
Joined
Dec 11, 2013
Messages
2,140
I recommend combing through the trip reports section and seeing what appeals to you.
 
Last edited:

Nick

-
.
Joined
Aug 9, 2007
Messages
12,918
Sounds like you have a lot of good time to spend. That is awesome. Spend some time around Escalante. Hell, if I had that much time, I'd probably skip Moab altogether and head down through Capitol Reef, Escalante and then finish in Zion. Or perhaps do it the other way. Moab in spring is a zoo and the backpacking opportunities are not the best. Escalante on the other hand has dozens of great backpacking destinations with water that are nothing like Coyote Gulch on the people factor. Like Steve said, check out the trip reports. Lots of inspiration in there.
 

slc_dan

Desert Rat-Weekend Warrior
Joined
Jun 7, 2012
Messages
1,686
Sounds like you have a lot of good time to spend. That is awesome. Spend some time around Escalante. Hell, if I had that much time, I'd probably skip Moab altogether and head down through Capitol Reef, Escalante and then finish in Zion. Or perhaps do it the other way. Moab in spring is a zoo and the backpacking opportunities are not the best. Escalante on the other hand has dozens of great backpacking destinations with water that are nothing like Coyote Gulch on the people factor. Like Steve said, check out the trip reports. Lots of inspiration in there.

This, pretty much. Something to consider is the towns of Torrey, Boulder, and Escalante offer great support for resupply a prepared hot meal, or a shuttle of some sort.
 

Ross

Member
Joined
May 18, 2012
Messages
290
We went through Coyote Gulch late Sept/early Oct and just saw one group of 3 guys and 2 researchers in 3 days. Only thing is you'd need a shuttle, although there are firms in Escalante that do it. It was well worth it.
 

Nick

-
.
Joined
Aug 9, 2007
Messages
12,918
Dark Canyon and others in that area would be cool right now too. I also quite like the Trachyte Creek area.
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
TrektheWorld Salt Creek or other Utah Backpack Meet Up (Members Only) 2
E Gentle (Flat) Backpack in Utah Trip Planning 1
T Advice Needed for 5 night Backpack route in Southern Utah Trip Planning 2
J Newbie - hoping for some advice on one night backpack in utah Noobs: Introduce yourself! 3
Eugene Southern Utah - Suggestions for 3-4 day backpack in October Trip Planning 4
N Labor Day Backpack in Arizona/Utah Trip Planning 3
R 5-day October backpack in southern Utah Trip Planning 3
Go-deep Help Northern Utah Boy Scout Backpack overnighter Trip Planning 8
norwegianxplorer In the shadow of the Henry Mountains, Utah Backpacking 2
Windy What is this? Geoglyphs in utah Hiking & Camping 5
Rockskipper New Utah State Park General Discussion 0
regehr 2001: A Space Odyssey in Utah General Discussion 142
Nethos Southern Utah - Late October & Early November 2020 Trip Planning 16
Mikjik86 Utah loosening restrictions? General Discussion 4
seekinglost Desolation Canyon, Utah... Any info? Trip Planning 24
Titans Slick muddy recovery in Southern Utah General Discussion 8
gnwatts Utah National Monuments, good & bad General Discussion 12
Titans 2020 Road Conditions Southern Utah (& Arizona Strip ) Trip Planning 1
regehr late 2019 road conditions in S Utah Trip Planning 55
TrektheWorld Utah Choices .....things could be worse. Trip Planning 15
C Guess the Spot: somewhere in Southern Utah General Discussion 4
TrektheWorld Salt Creek - Needles or other options in the Utah desert Trip Planning 4
Mikjik86 Short Video: Backpacking/Packrafting Dark Canyon Wilderness, Utah. April 2019 Backpacking 0
Stephanie B Southeast Utah with Granddaughter Natalie Hiking & Camping 4
Mikjik86 Flooded out in Death Hollow, Utah. May - 2019 Backpacking 4
Ross Arizona/Utah road trip loop with sandstone/badlands/canyon hikes Hiking & Camping 13
R First overnight backpacking trip in Utah in the next coupke of weeks Trip Planning 3
Hawk Utah : Lone Peak : This Weekend? Trip Planning 11
I Zion-South Utah Spring Break - March 9th-March 14th Trip Planning 15
Titans Winter campfires - Utah / Arizona strip General Discussion 13
U Zach from Utah Noobs: Introduce yourself! 5
JDWalters Three days in Utah/Arizona Hiking & Camping 12
Rockskipper For Utah fans: Dalton Wells area could become ‘Utahraptor State Park’ General Discussion 1
D Hello from Utah Noobs: Introduce yourself! 8
SteveR Raindrops Keep Falling On my Head-Utah Wanderings-October 2018 Hiking & Camping 14
P Early March in Utah? Trip Planning 11
SKLund October in Utah: Busted Hiking & Camping 18
DrNed Ideas For 1 Night Backpacking In Utah Desert? Trip Planning 10
Titans Filling a Void in Utah - Wahweap Hoodoos, incl 360 sphere pictures. Hiking & Camping 1
Capsnack Newbie from Utah Noobs: Introduce yourself! 5
Titans Fisher Towers and Corkscrew distractions in Utah Hiking & Camping 4
MTNgoat Hello from Northern Utah Noobs: Introduce yourself! 8
F Quick Lake Blanche (Utah) camping Q? Trip Planning 9
tjhaber hello from Utah Noobs: Introduce yourself! 3
Tystevens Dog friendly 1-2 night trip within a couple hours of I70 in Utah or Colorado... Trip Planning 4
CHowell Hola from Utah Noobs: Introduce yourself! 2
MurrMan81 Help Planning Utah Backpacking Trip Trip Planning 9
McKee80 Breezing through Utah Trip Planning 3
Cheminant Utah Dirtbag Noobs: Introduce yourself! 2
stevecochranephotography Wire Pass Trail - Buckskin Gulch, Utah Hiking & Camping 1

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Top