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Backpacker Magazine – January 2011

Our Backyard: Glen National Recreation Area

Explore slots and marvel at arches in Glen Canyon.

by: Andrew J. Matranga

1. Best Float
Pack a lightweight inflatable for this 40-mile, arch-rich hike/paddle. Connect Coyote Gulch to King Mesa to Fool’s Canyon. Scramble down to the Escalante River and float past Stevens Canyon (and ogle 220-foot Stevens Arch). Paddle eight miles, and return via Coyote. Best month: April.

2. Sunset View
Tackle the nine-miler to 7,379-foot Navajo Point, with views of slickrock and shimmering blue water. Start at the marina in Dangling Rope Canyon and navigate cross-country to the Kaiparowits Plateau, then the base of Navajo Point. Scramble 700 feet to the hard-earned vista.

3. Best Hike from the Rim
Pour-offs, pools, and shoreline camping make the six-mile round-trip in Wiregrass Canyon a dream. Hike from Warm Creek Road to Wahweap Bay, and scope two newly revealed rock bridges, at miles one and 2.5. Scramble through goosenecks and camp on the slickrock shore.

4. Quick Fix
The two-mile hike to Skylight Arch—with views across Lake Powell—is right off US 89. From Page, head north on 89 for 7.6 miles, turn left on an unmarked road .5 mile past mile marker 535. Continue a quarter mile and park. Hike over crumbling slickrock on Stud Horse Point to Skylight Arch.

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