ElevationAscent: 1,234' 376 m
Descent: -1,233' -376 m
High: 4,466' 1,361 m
Low: 3,929' 1,198 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“Reflection Canyon is a must-see that requires nearly 8.5 miles of navigating across singletrack and slickrock.”— Steve Springer
This trail from the parking area heads upwards to a bench at about 4400' and follows that contour through dirt and dry creek beds for about 5.5 miles. At 5.5 miles, you begin to head east and around mile 6, you'll reach the slick rock. By taking a more direct route across the slickrock, we were able to cut some distance on the beginning section but lost it later when we went around a mesa that we could have gone over. The slickrock section is not marked at all, and the dirt section has a few cairns, but there can be multiple routes or no visible routes at all depending on when it has last rained. You need to carry all your water for your entire trip, as there is no consistent water source on the trail. The route is constantly up and down but with very little net elevation change.
While the viewpoint is stunning year-round, you'll want to check on the elevation of Lake Powell. Generally, anything under 3600' offers prime viewing, but lower is probably better. Based on historical Lake levels, September through May offers the best viewing window and February through April has the lowest Lake levels.
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Land Manager: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area