Capitol Reef National Park: Steep Creek Canyon

Go from lush mountains to high desert via a red rock canyon on this 16.3-mile, mostly off-trail trek into Grand Staircase-Escalante. Go in spring or fall; pack extra water.
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Go from lush mountains to high desert via a red rock canyon on this 16.3-mile, mostly off-trail trek into Grand Staircase-Escalante. Go in spring or fall; pack extra water.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 25.4

Waypoints

SCT001

Location: 38.036083, -111.329651

Roundup Flat: Head SW on trail; then SE to a string of small lakes

SCT002

Location: 38.010773, -111.327629

Good camp spot with mountain views

SCT003

Location: 38.004948, -111.309357

Continue on trail to small pond, which is the last sure water for a number of miles; begin bushwhack heading SE along stream bed

SCT004

Location: 37.996815, -111.299782

Streambed turns S; descend quickly into Steep Creek Canyon

SCT005

Location: 37.979805, -111.29747

Look for old Native American path that intersects the stream bed

SCT006

Location: 37.933407, -111.306915

Possible water source; watch for bear and mountain lion tracks in the sandy bottom of the canyon

SCT007

Location: 37.88414, -111.328323

Big water pool-H2O likely year-round

SCT008

Location: 37.877888, -111.327507

Lineman's Cabin

SCT009

Location: 37.863194, -111.312027

Steep Creek Canyon joins The Gulch Canyon; great place to camp with water and large cottonwood trees. Optional: Take day hikes exploring The Gulch Canyon to the N

SCT010

Location: 37.855717, -111.31086

End hike @ Burr Trail Rd., where you dropped a car earlier