ElevationAscent: 237' 72 m
Descent: -1' 0 m
High: 4,278' 1,304 m
Low: 4,041' 1,232 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“Run to a fairyland of toadstools, hoodoos, white ghosts, and floatstone-type formations.”— Lee Watts
There is no real trail. You simply make your way up Wahweap Creek, which is very wide and almost flat. It is easiest if you avoid soft sand and look for hard mud or rocky soil. The exact best path will vary from year to year.
The colorful canyon walls become higher and more interesting as you proceed up the creek. At a little less than three miles, you come to a towering buttress on the left that is capped with hard rock.The first group of tall toadstools and hoodoos are beneath it, against the cliffs.
A second and more interesting group is about one mile farther upstream. For this, a picture is worth more than anything I can say. Be careful where you place your feet, because the white rock is very soft and easily damaged. Take time to explore around. Some of the best hoodoos are not immediately visible.
There is currently no direct path through the dense tamarisk between the second and third groups. Instead, return to the stream bed and approach the third group from the northeast. Again, take your time to explore the area, but avoid damaging the soft white rock.
Return the way you came.
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Land Manager: BLM Utah - Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument