Day Hike Crack-in-the-Wall to Jacob Hamblin Arch in Coyote Gulch

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One of the best trails into the amazing Coyote Gulch is via Crack-in-the Wall. Drop through an amazing slot in a tall cliff to access the Escalante River. Hike through the best parts of the Gulch before climbing up a 3rd/4th class ramp at Jacob Hamblin Arch to loop back to your car! This makes for one heck of a day hike, but can easily be turned into a multi-day backpacking adventure.

Drive to Hole in the Rock Road outside of Escalante UT. Drive SE down the all-dirt Hole in the Rock Road for 36 miles to a signed turn off on your left. The road can be sandy and bumpy from here, so consider the car you're using. Travel NE for 7 miles to the 40 Mile Ridge TH. From Here, follow a well worn and cairned trail to the NE for about 2 miles until you reach the rim of the Coyote Gulch. Keep an eye out for the crack-in-the wall behind a fin on your left, which you use to scramble to the sandy canyon below. Some people bring rope to lower big packs here if using a big backpack. Follow the trail to the Escalante River below. Stephen's Arch and a giant sandstone fin can be seen from here. Head west up canyon. Coyote Arch is about half way. You will pass numerous waterfalls and soaring cliffs. Once you reach the last few big bends and reach Jacob Hamblins Arch, look to your left (south) for a class 3/4 hill to scramble out on. This hill is literally right before reaching the arch. Sometimes there is a fixed rope here. Usually there is not. The path is steep and a rope is recommended. We scrambled without one, but felt that it was risky. At the top of canyon, loop back SE to the car. Cross over the slick rock back to the road and follow this back to the Forty Mile Ridge TH. 

Pack List

  • Day hike pack OR
  • Backpacking Gear
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Compass
  • Map
  • **Rope (if necessary)
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RT Distance 11 Miles
Elevation Gain 2000 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Swimming Hole


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