Thursday, April 30, 8 am, Prepare to leave SLC
7:55 am: MEET AT 7200 So. Parking Lot, west of McDonalds, East of I-15, far South end of parking lot.
CALL ME, Sheryl, on my Cell when you are going thru Panguitch: 801-278-5313. So I know how close you are to Red Canyon.
1st Hike (12 noon-ish, Thursday) Red Canyon, http://www.zionnational-park.com/red-canyon-recreation.htm, http://www.zionnational-park.com/red-canyon-utah.htm,
To get there: Travel south on Interstate 15 past Beaver to UT 20. Head East on UT 20. Turn south on UT 89, travel thru Panguitch (don't speed thru Panguitch). Follow UT 89 south to UT 12 (All American Scenic Highway). Travel along UT 12 to Red Canyon. If you like, follow my car to Mossy Cave so you won't miss it along the road.
2nd Hike (2 pm-ish, Thursday) Mossy Cave Trail and Waterfall, Bryce Canyon National Park, http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/bryce_canyon/mossy-cave-trail.html, http://www.zionnational-park.com/bryce-canyon-mossy.htm,
Arrive at Escalante State Park/Petrified Forest: 4- 5 pm, Set up camp, get ready for dinner. http://www.utah.com/stateparks/escalante.htm,
3rd Hike (before OR after dinner), Close to our campsite, enjoy the Petrified Forest Hike which takes you past large specimens of petrified wood and dinosaur fossils.
6 pm: Mexican Enchilada Dinner
7 pm: Campfire
8 pm - Discuss Friday’s Adventures around the campfire
7 – 8:30 am: Campfire, Breakfast and help get lunches ready
8:30 – 4 pm:
Option #1: Hole in the Rock Road, Devil’s Garden, Peekaboo/Spooky Slot Canyons (weather permitting) Not everyone will be doing the slot canyons.
Slot Canyon info: http://www.utah.com/video/?place_id=6446&expand_menu=1&expand_video=1,
Option #2: (Those not spending all day at the slot canyons, 27 miles down Hole in the Rock Road:) Devil’s Garden, Hole in the Rock Road, Scenic All American Hwy 12, Calf Creek Falls Rec. Area, Indian Ruins at Anazazi State Park in Boulder, Drive along the Hog Back, Burr Trail near Boulder, incredible views overlooking Capitol Reef, etc., Hwy 12 Overview: http://www.utah.com/video/?place_id=6446,
6 pm: Italian Lasagna Dinner
7 pm: Campfire
8 pm - Discuss Saturday’s Adventures around the campfire
7 – 7:45 am: Campfire, Breakfast, Pack a lunch.
8 am: Leave for Calf Creek
8:30 – noon:
Hike Lower Calf Creek Falls: http://www.utah.com/hike/calf_creek.htm,
Faster, stronger hikers may want to do Upper Calf Creek Falls also: http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/grand_staircase_escalante/upper_calf_creek.html,
OR just relax! You don’t have to get up early to hike. Feel free to sleep in, pack leisurely, visit the Escalante Visitors Center near Escalante State Park, explore the town of Escalante, Ride the Hogback to Boulder, soak your feet in the slickrock creek at Calf Creek Recreation Center. Everything in this area is SO spectacular and VERY different from Northern Utah!
12 noon to 12:30 pm: Eat Lunch at Calf Creek Waterfall OR when you get back from the waterfall at the picnic area near the Calf Creek Parking Lot.
12:30 - 1 pm – Head back to Escalante State Park, pack up all camping gear, briefly visit Escalante Visitor's Center (15 - 20 min.), Travel 40 miles west to Kodachrome Basin State Park, http://www.desertusa.com/kodut/du_kodut_vvc.html,
3 pmish – Arrive at Kodachrome Basin State Park, set up camp, hike and explore. My favorite hikes in the park:
Panorama Trail: 3-mile, round trip goes to the Ballerina Slipper. I REALLY like this hike and plan to do this one!
Big Bear Geyser/Cool Cave Trail: Medium 2-mile trail is an add-on to Panorama Trail.
Angel's Palace Trail: Easy, 1/2-mile trail to Angel's Palace. I also LOVE this one for a short quick hike. This is like Angel's Landing in Zion NP, but easier and not as high.
Eagle's View Trail: 3/4 mile each way to Eagle's View Overlook. Steep, eroded and exposed -- definitely worth the climb, but not an easy hike. (This hike was closed last year when we were there, due to erosion)
Shakespeare Arch Trail: Easy, 1/4-mile goes to Shakespeare Arch.
Grand Parade Trail: Moderate 1-mile trail.
4:30 - 5 pm: Chuck Wagon Dinner
5:30 ish - Panorama Trail (weather permitting) especially for the sunset photos.
8 pm - Relax around the campfire, moonlight hike if you like, etc.
7 – 9 am: Campfire, Breakfast, make your lunch, pack up
9 am – noon: Hike, explore, relax, pack up, leave for SLC
10 – 11 am: For those who want to attend an LDS Church Service in Cannonville.
12 Noon – Generally everyone is ready to head for home.
#1: The Fastest Route Home: Option #1: Same way we came: Hwy 12, Panquitch, Hwy 89, UT20, north on I-15 to SLC
#2: The Scenic Route Home (adds a little more time but not much) Hwy 12 to Hwy 89, Stay on Hwy 89 to Hwy 28 to Nephi, then I-15 north to SLC
#3 Travel the entire All American Scenic Byway: Highway 12. Go to Cannonville, head east on Highway 12, then south, passing, Escalante, Calf Creek Falls Area, Over the Hogback, Boulder, Dixie National Forest over looking Capitol Reef, Torrey, Bicknell, Salina, Scipio, then I-15 and home.
Arrive in SLC Sunday afternoon/evening: (give or take a few hours)