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Lucky Charms Canyon (Mile 27.0 Canyon) - North Wash, Utah

Summary: A short canyon with some tight narrows and a few exposed climbs. You should have at least one competent climber in your group to complete this canyon. A short rope (50 ft) might be needed to belay less experienced members of your party.
Directions: North Wash is located off of Highway 95, south of Hanksville, UT and north of the Hite Marina on Lake Powell. Drive on Highway 95 to between mile posts 27 & 26 (about mile 26.6). Pull off the pavement onto the shoulder of the road and park at (UTM 0538439mE, 4208399mN).
Road Conditions: Passenger Car - paved all the way
Navigation: Moderate - a GPS is useful
Length: ~1 hour
Date Hiked: October, 2003
Weather Conditions: Warm and Sunny
Required Skills:
Hike Description: Walk up the sandy wash to the north. The canyon soon forks and we'll begin climbing up to the left. Route find your way up a few benches until you get to a chute. Send your best climber up the chute and have them set a hand line for the rest of your party. A short walk up the drainage will bring you to the top of the mesa (0538368mE 4208808mN). Turn right and hike cross country (around the right for of the canyon you just exited) and route find your way east into the head of Lucky Charms (0538910mE 4208703mN). You will have to do some down climbing to get in to the drainage. Continue down canyon until you reach a sheer fluted drop off. Good climbers can go straight down this obstacle, but most may prefer to bypass by climbing around on the right. The canyon becomes very narrow below this point and there is one moderately difficult down climb to negotiate before the canyon widens and brings you back to the road. Turn right and follow the road back to your car.
Rating (1-5 stars):
The author and his wife completed this hike as a group of 3 in about an hour.
Books: Technical Slot Canyon Guide to the Colorado Plateau - Michael R. Kelsey
Maps: Click here for a map of the area
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Lucky Charms entry. One of the down climbs. Narrows.