Coyote Gulch Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,479' 451 m
Descent: -1,482' -452 m
High: 4,782' 1,458 m
Low: 3,787' 1,154 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“A loop run along the Coyote Gulch, Crack-in-the-Wall and the Jacob Hamblin Arch trails.”— Caitlin Zupancic
Although the parks department does not maintain this trail, there are some directional cairns that we followed successfully, but be sure to bring a map and compass. Most of the premier camping is closer to Jacob Hamblin Arch, but you can find decent camping throughout the loop.
Note that you must bring about 20 feet of rope to lower your packs, as at one point you have to descend through a thin “crack-in-the-wall” which is not possible with large backpacks. From the crack in the wall, you can continue north towards the confluence of the Escalante River and the Coyote Gulch or follow a path to the left and follow the Coyote Gulch back west, towards Jacob Hamblin Arch.
I went in mid-April and the water was VERY cold and about ankle deep. There were definitely spots where running through water was unavoidable so I’d recommend you bring a pair of hiking boot and a pair of water shoes. At the end near JH Arch, there are ropes fixed to the rock that you can use to run out of the canyon. Once out of the canyon, you head due south on the Jacob Hamblin Arch Trail to return to the water tank.
Trailhead: 37.389971, -111.034848
Crack-in-the-Rock: 37.41911, -110.984897
Down the Dunes to the River
Stevens Arch: 37.433528, -110.979202
Coyote Natural Bridge: 37.416267, -111.027685
Jacob Hamblin Exit: 37.419008, -111.043115
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Land Manager: BLM Utah - Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument