(Canyonlands National Park)
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day
Distance: 8.9 miles (round trip)
Walking time: 5 hours
Elevations: 300 ft. loss/gain
Trail: Easy, well marked
Season: Spring, early summer, and fall. This hike is very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The best times are during the spring and fall. The road to the trailhead may be impassible, even with a 4WD, after a heavy snow or rain. For current conditions call the Hans Flat Ranger Station, Canyonlands National Park, at (435) 259-2652.
Vicinity: Canyonlands National Park, Maze District, near Hite
Looking east across the Colorado River into the Needles District of Canyonlands
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For colorful desert scenery it is hard to beat this popular hike. The normally light colored Cedar Mesa Sandstone has a rich red layer running through it in this area, which makes it much more colorful than the same formation in the nearby Maze. Beginning with the impressive Doll House, at the beginning of the trail, the rock formations along this hike are truly magnificent. They are particularly pretty in the late afternoon when the sunlight tends to enhance the red bands in the sandstone.
From the trailhead the trail
winds northward, through clusters of sandstone formations similar
to those found on the other side of the Colorado in the Needles
District of the national park. Within 0.8 mile you will see the
small Beehive Arch on your left. The trail winds down the slope
a little ways and then back, passing right beside it.
If you are interested in a supplemental map of the
Colorado & Green Rivers area, we recommend:
Canyonlands, Maze District (Trails Illustrated, map #312)