We cross back and forth across the Escalante River for 1.5 miles. It is much easier than crossing the Dirty Devil River about a week ago. The Escalante River is shallow, has more sand and is less murky and salty than the Dirty Devil. It is fairly easy walking but it is a lot of back and forth across the river.
I don’t know if it is spring break or if this area has just gotten so popular. Coyote Gulch is a classic hike and I totally get it. It has waterfalls, arches, a perennial creek, springs, beautiful canyon walls.
A classic hike and canyon that is being loved to death. Still, it is an amazing place but I am a bit saddened by it.
We pass by the classic Hamblin’s Arch and the beautiful narrows in Hurricane Wash.
Then, just like that, we are out and done with Sections 5 and 6 of the Hayduke Trail. We went through some of the prettiest and remote areas and some well-loved classic hikes. It is an amazing perspective walking through and across features such as the Henry Mountains, Waterpocket Fold, Halls Creek and the Escalante River and Canyons. Now it is time to clean up and prepare for the next 7 days which will take us across the Kaiparowits Plateau, also known as the Dinosaur Shangri-La.