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Coyote Gulch Backpacking with Krissy Harclerode Hiking

St George - Coyote Gulch

2021: Apr 23 - Apr 28

CALLING ALL LADIES! Krissy is hosting a womxn-only backpacking trip through the canyons of Utah. Highlights include beautifully sculpted streambeds, intimate cascades and waterfalls, deep overhangs and alcoves, and numerous natural bridges and arches.

TRIP DISCLAIMER: Our backcountry adventures take you to wild, remote destinations where you will be exposed to the majesty, and challenges, of the outdoors. You should be able to withstand exposure to a variety of climatic conditions, such as heat, cold, rain and wind. You should have a good understanding of your ability, and be able to self-monitor your health. You must have a high-level of fitness, and have the experience and ability to complete all stages of the hike. Guides are extensively trained to ensure a safe trip, but will need your attention to ensure a memorable backcountry experience. This trip is operated by the Wildland Trekking Company, an authorized guide company in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

  • 6 days

  • 6 - 9 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels & tents (single rooms & tents available)

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners included

  • Fly into McCarran International Airport (LAS) by 1:30pm. TrovaTrip will provide one transfer to the hotel or you can meet in St. George by 4:30pm.

  • Fly out of McCarran International Airport (LAS). TrovaTrip will provide one transfer on the last day.

Activities Included

  • Shuttle to Coyote Gulch
  • Four Days of Canyon Trekking

Other Inclusions

  • Double Occupancy in 3-star Hotels & Tents
  • Certified Utah Hiking Guide
  • Arrival Airport Transfer (one transfer at 1:30pm)
  • Departure Airport Transfer (morning of last day)
  • Camping Gear (top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack)
  • Trekking Poles
  • National Park Entrance Fees
  • Emergency Equipment Including a Company-issued First-aid kit and Satellite Phone
  • All Camping Meals Prepared by your Guide
  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches & 5 Dinners

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Food & Alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers Outside of Designated Times

Your Host

Krissy Harclerode

Krissy is a Reno-Tahoe based outdoor athlete, environmental ambassador, and adventure photographer. As a hardcore advocate for mental and physical wellness, Krissy is a firm believer in “wilderness therapy” to heal the body, mind, and soul.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Utah! Meet at the airport by 1:30pm for a transfer to the hotel in St. George. Driving in? No problem! Meet in St. George by 4:30pm.

At 5:00pm meet with the crew for a packing and gear prep meeting with your hiking guide. Afterwards, you'll grab dinner together and celebrate the adventure ahead!

Overnight in St. George

Arrival: Fly into McCarran International Airport (LAS) by 1:30pm. TrovaTrip will provide one transfer to the hotel or you can meet in St. George by 4:30pm.

Included: Airport Transfer, Packing and Gear Prep Meeting, Welcome Dinner


Day 2

It's trail time! You'll grab a shuttle to the trailhead (~5 hours) and then start your hike.

From the trailhead you'll hike a short distance before entering an open and dry wash, the upper section of Coyote Gulch. The day’s hike continues downstream and gradually the wash begins to resemble a canyon as short walls of Navajo Sandstone begin to appear on either side of the wash and you come to several pour-offs and short waterfalls. Just as the canyon begins deepening you'll find yourself in a beautiful cottonwood grove and your camp for the evening.

Mileage: 3.5 miles

Elevation Loss: 300 feet

Overnight in Coyote Gulch

Included: Breakfast, Shuttle to Coyote Gulch, Canyon Trek Day 1, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3

Continuing your hike downstream through stands of cottonwood and willows, the gulch deepens and narrows and encloses you in a towering corridor of sandstone. The creek is flowing continuously now and there are numerous crossings. As you progress, the day’s changing light plays on the canyon’s walls in a brilliant show of reds, yellows and browns. These imposing walls are the backdrop for features closer at hand: beautifully sculpted streambeds and intimate little cascades and waterfalls.

After a few miles of hiking, in an especially sinuous and narrow part of the gulch, you'll hike by Jacob Hamblin Arch. Another half mile hike downstream brings you to Coyote Natural Bridge. You'll walk directly underneath this unbelievable feature. Camp will be made in the vicinity of Coyote Natural Bridge.

After dinner you'll explore the truly amazing Native American ruins nearby. Bands of Fremont people, a pre-columbian culture that lived contemporaneously with the Anasazi through 1300 AD, once called Coyote Gulch their home.

Mileage: 6 miles

Elevation Loss: 200 feet

Overnight in Coyote Gulch

Included: Breakfast, Canyon Trek Day 2, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4

A casual morning and delicious breakfast will precede more beautiful hiking downstream. Several miles from camp you'll hike beneath Cliff Arch, a spectacular arch several hundred feet above the canyon floor. The character of the canyon changes again as you progress, becoming wider with steep vegetated hillsides beginning to appear beneath the canyon’s walls. Larger pour-offs accompany a higher stream volume and sandstone terraces begin to appear above deep overhangs where the stream flows. Later in the day you'll use these terraces for easier hiking and after traversing a sandstone slab you'll arrive at the confluence of Coyote Gulch and the Escalante River. You'll make camp here under steep cliff walls and, time permitting, you'll have the opportunity to day hike upstream along the Escalante River to the remote and spectacular Stevens Canyon. Those so inclined are more than welcome to relax in camp rather than day hike.

Mileage: 5.5 miles and 4 miles optional day hiking

Elevation Loss: 200 feet

Overnight in Coyote Gulch

Included: Breakfast, Canyon Trek Day 3, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5

Following breakfast, you'll break camp and re-trace your steps one mile upstream where you'll turn south and ascend a long sandy slope. It is a strenuous hike in soft sand to the “crack in the wall,” a narrow crevice you'll use to escape the canyon’s upper-most cliff wall. From the top you'll have a brilliant view of the Escalante River and Steven’s Arch. After the guide hauls everyone’s backpack over the rim with a rope, you'll hike two miles across the desert to the Fortymile Ridge Trailhead and your vehicle. Refreshing drinks and a comfy suburban signify the end of your Utah backpacking trip and will get you comfortably back to St. George (~5 hours).

Mileage: 4.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 800 feet

Back in civilization, clean up and then meet the crew for one last dinner to cheers to an incredible week spent exploring.

Overnight in St. George

Included: Breakfast, Canyon Trek Day 4, Lunch, Shuttle to St. George, Farewell Dinner


Day 6

Until next time!

Included: Breakfast, Airport Transfer

Departure: Fly out of McCarran International Airport (LAS). TrovaTrip will provide one transfer on the last day.

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