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The Gulch



10.6 mile 17.1 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable


Ascent: 837' 255 m
Descent: -57' -17 m
High: 6,344' 1,934 m
Low: 5,554' 1,693 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)


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Following The Gulch, this otherwise-typical canyon route is ideal for multi-day trips.

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Features Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Permits are required for overnight trips here, but can be easily obtained at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center.


This trail explores The Gulch north of Burr Trail Road. It starts to follow the wash along boot-worn paths on benches to the left and right. Throughout the second half of the trail, you'll mostly navigate through the streambed. The trail is very scenic with impressive canyon walls throughout.

From the parking lot, take the sandy path north and cross Long Canyon. There is a cow fence right on the other side. Stay on the east bench of the wash. After about 0.5 miles, Steep Creek enters on the left. You'll have to cross the wash before that and then jump across the creek. From this point on, the trail regularly crosses the wash, and it's not always easy to find the trail on the other side. You can also work your way through the streambed until you find the next section of the trail. The canyon narrows a bit further upstream offering a little shade on a hot day.

At 1.3 miles, you reach a pour-off that you can bypass on the left via a narrow sandy path up to a bushy bench with an old wire fence. The canyon widens after that. After a little over 4 miles, Water Canyon joins on the left. Depending on the season, there may not be water in The Gulch beyond that.

The going from here is easy and pleasant. Two major side canyons open on the right at 6 miles and 7 miles. At 8.2 miles, a prominent side canyon joins on the left – this is the access to Lamanite Arch. Keep following the wash to remain in The Gulch. After this point, the canyon becomes continually wider. While you could continue up the wash all the way into the Boulder Mountains, most people stop where the boot trail disappears near the 8.8 mile mark. With relative ease, those who wish to continue (or have pre-planned a shuttle) can follow this wash slightly farther to its intersection with BLM Road 126 (as mapped).

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Looking east across The Gulch.
Jun 12, 2017 near Escalante, UT
The Gulch at the confluence with a major side canyon.
Jun 12, 2017 near Escalante, UT
Confluence of The Gulch and Water Canyon.
Jun 12, 2017 near Escalante, UT
The Gulch towards the edge of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Jun 12, 2017 near Escalante, UT
It's easy to feel small next to the giant canyon walls in The Gulch.
Jun 25, 2017 near Escalante, UT
A forming arch in the canyon wall of The Gulch.
Jun 12, 2017 near Escalante, UT


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