Spent the long weekend in Utah, where we car camped and got rained on furiously. Had some epic adventures, as usual, though. We climbed up boulders, squeezed our way through 15 inch canyons, and treaded on ice cold freezing water.
Where We Stayed:
We camped out at Escalante Outfitters. The drive out here from Los Angeles was about nine hours. We arrived at 4 a.m. and madly set up our tents as the rain poured all over town. Lovely place to car camp, equipped with hot showers and bathrooms. Not the most private or quiet of campsites (Children. Everywhere.), but the convenient amenities were most welcomed during the crazy weather.
Where We Hiked:
1. Lower Calf Creek Falls
Miles: 5.84 roundtrip
Moderate hike up to roaring waterfalls. Nothing too difficult. Gorgeous view on the way. You hike along the river.
2. Peek-A-Boo and Spooky Canyon
Miles: 2 mile round-trip & 3.2 mile round-trip
Most definitely the best hike of the trip. Not really of a stamina thing, more of a squeeze-yourself-into-a-15-inch-canyon and hope-you-dont-have-a-panic-attack. It started off with a huge drop-off that you have to climb. We saw some people bringing ropes to hoist each other up. We managed through good-ol’-teamwork. The rest of the hike is squeezing through rocks, climbing up boulders, climbing down drops, and somehow managing to not get hurt. I acquired a couple of bumps and bruises on the way, but so worth the trouble.
3. Devil’s Garden
A nice place to hang out at. It’s not much of hike. It’s more of a place to take photos and use as a giant playground to jump and climb at.
4. Kanarra Creek Canyon
Miles: 3.5 roundtrip
You need water shoes for this! You hike along and on the river to waterfalls. It makes for lovely photo ops because the river goes through slot canyons. At the first waterfall, a makeshift ladder has been created so you can climb it. Slightly horrifying, but so much fun.