||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.
||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
||Passenger Car - paved all the way
||Moderate - a GPS is useful
||Warm and Sunny
||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.
||Technical Slot Canyon
Guide to the Colorado Plateau - Michael R.
here for a
map of the area
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