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Rincon Buttress to Grey Mesa

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Out-and-back historic trail - an emigrant road out of old Glen Canyon with awesome views of the Rincon Buttress.


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7.6

Miles

12.2

KM

94%

Runnable

4,809' 1,466 m

High

3,629' 1,106 m

Low

1,423' 434 m

Up

243' 74 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Geological Significance · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Boat access from Lake Powell.

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Description

Starting at lake level, intersect a well-worn doubletrack road leading south. After 2 miles, this turns directly east and steepens to switchbacks through sheer cliffs with great exposure out of the Rincon Oxbow canyon. It then meanders through spectacular sandstone structures and mini-canyons to gain the ridge between Iceberg Canyon and the Rincon.

I found the switchbacks great for technical running and then the upper reaches easy to pace out as the trail is well located and skirts sand dunes and prairie. There is a vast variety of desert wildlife - coyote, lizards, dung beetles, and birds. I did this at sunrise four times during our week on Lake Powell because the heat can be oppressive after 10 a.m.

Flora & Fauna

coyote, lizards, dung beetles, and birds; sage, yucca, and desert flowers.

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Shared By:

Jim Ficke with improvements by Scott Danskeren

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Sunrise from the Rim of the Rincon Oxbow Lak Powell
Jul 14, 2019 near Escalante, UT

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