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Sulphur Creek

Intermediate/Difficult

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5.8 mile 9.3 kilometer point to point
92% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 515' 157 m
Descent: -1,063' -324 m
High: 6,059' 1,847 m
Low: 5,497' 1,676 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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A beautiful canyon housing the famous Goosenecks - a series of picturesque narrows you can't miss!

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Detailed information about this route can be found on the National Park Service website
nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/… and up to date water flow conditions from the Park Rangers at the Visitors Center.

Description

The route begins as a pleasant 1.5-mile run down easy-going, dry washes to Sulphur Creek, a perennial stream. On the approach to the fabled Goosenecks, a narrow section of slot canyon along the route, runners are often dissuaded. However, do not fear! While the canyon constricts quickly into several sets of photogenic narrows and small falls, the running remains easy to moderate throughout. Conditions can change dramatically in this section with each flood, but some obstacles are always present. A final low waterfall can present a difficult challenge, especially if it empties into a large pool. After traversing the Goosenecks, the canyon widens for the last half mile to the visitor center.

Sulphur Creek is a perennial stream, but its volume depends significantly on irrigation operations near Torrey. The flow is often low enough that boots can be worn for much of the run unless recent flooding has developed pools in the narrows. The temptation is high in the summer to run in sandals or water shoes, but the three significant obstacles along the route are more safely negotiated with sturdier footwear.

This content was contributed by author Rick Stinchfield. For a comprehensive running guide to Capitol Reef National Park and to see more by Rick, click here.

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I find the boulder wedged in here adds to the interest.
Jan 14, 2020 near Loa, UT
What a fun place to be.
Jan 14, 2020 near Loa, UT
One of the falls.
Jan 14, 2020 near Loa, UT
Another view of the third waterfall.
Jan 14, 2020 near Loa, UT
When I got to the third waterfall I studied it carefully and decided to take the bypass.  I could not determine how deep the pool was and the rushing water could have swept me in.  Rocks could be lurking beneath the surface.
Jan 14, 2020 near Loa, UT
Expect down climbs next to every waterfall.
Jan 14, 2020 near Loa, UT

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