Backpack Harris Wash

10 Miles Round Trip - Out-and-Back Trail

Hole in the rock road - Search Nearby - Added by Marti Chance

Easily navigable and providing up close views of the canyon, this hike is great for beginning backpackers and dog friendly. 

This beginner's backpacking trail takes you through the Grand Staircase Escalante Canyons with a view of the river at the end. While there are no signs or official trails, even beginners will have no trouble with navigation. Water must be filtered but is constantly available, making the load lighter. The trail is also dog friendly.

Stop at the visitor’s center/ranger station in the town of Escalante to register your plans, pick up an information sheet, and examine the maps. As always, inform someone of your plans and route. 

To reach the trailhead, head east on Highway 12 from Escalante, turn right onto Hole in the Rock Road. Drive approximately 13 miles; turn left onto the gravel/dirt road. Continue another 6 miles, taking a left when you come to a fork. There is parking for ~10 cars at the trailhead, as well as a hiker’s logbook to register your departure and return.

The trailhead begins at the parking lot, just to the left of the logbook and information sign. You’ll walk about a tenth of a mile through the woods before coming out into the open and seeing the wash. Make a right down the wash, taking note (either pictures or pinpoint on a map) so you can find the parking lot upon your return.

From here, following the wash is easy. You’ll pass some farming lands with cattle on either side before coming to a more wooded area. After 2 miles you’ll come to a livestock fence; pass through the gate on the right. In another 2 miles you’ll pass a sign that says you’re entering into Glen Canyon Recreation Area. You can hike up to 10 miles to the river (and continue beyond that if you wish). 

You can choose to walk through the wash, or to follow closer to the canyon walls and walk through the more wooded areas, but you will inevitably have to cross the stream many times so wear water appropriate hiking shoes. Most of the walking is either through the sand or the stream, so it may take longer than average to log these miles despite the lack of elevation change. You’ll meet few, if any, other hikers on this adventure. 


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking


10 Miles
Out-and-Back Trail

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