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    Hanging in Coyote Gulch, Utah

    Took a trip with the Arizona Backpacking Club up to Coyote Gulch and Bryce Canyon from March 25th to the 27th.

    I was nervous about finding a hanging spot at Coyote Gulch after reading that there are generally slim pickin's, but I couldn't stand leaving the hammock at home. The other hangers in the group decided to only bring their ground gear, and I brought a ground cloth in case I wasn't able to hang. Once you drop down into the canyon, you start passing camping spots about every half-mile or less. Many of the sites have plenty of trees for a couple of hangers per site, sometimes more, you just have to get a little creative. I found myself a spot where I could set up with my tarp blocking the wind, and life was very good indeed.

    Hiked in from the Hurricane Wash TH on Friday. About 8 miles to camp just beyond Jacob Hamblin Arch. Dayhiked to the Escalante River and back to camp on Saturday, then decided to hike all the way out and stay in Escalante. So, that was 21.4 miles on Saturday, ouch... I was feeling that for 2 days after. Sunday morning we headed to Bryce Canyon and checked out the fresh snow-covered views. Awesome trip!

    Some pics from the trip....

    trail starts out following Hurricane Wash

    entering Glen Canyon National Rec Area

    canyon walls starting to rise around us

    starting the water crossings in Coyote Gulch

    stumbled upon a glowing cottonwood tree

    Jacob Hamblin Arch

    my setup... MacCat Standard, BB Traveler, te-wa UQ & TQ

    breakfast in the hammock is always fantastic

    tree lined watercourse

    coyote natural bridge, i think

    several small waterfalls were found along the way

    at the Escalante River

    the group stopping for lunch under Steven's Arch

    a side trip to Bryce Canyon on the way home was totally worth it
    In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir

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    OutSTANDing trip report. I want to go now!

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    Beautiful pictures and especially liked the look of snowy Bryce Canyon. Thanks for sharing and glad you had a great time.

    Fronkey

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    VERY . . . WoW

    Thank you for taking me along . . . OUTSTANDING
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    Glad you found trees for your hammock. That's the one drawback I find to running rivers in Utah. You never know about the tree availability. Cottonwoods are massive, but not always close together. Junipers are plentiful, but mostly too small to hang from. I've read with interest the posts from folks who use rock climbing anchors in canyon country.
    Great report & pictures. I love Bryce in the winter, spectacular.
    KJ

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    Love it! I hiked on the Escalante ~ 20 years ago. That was very magical, but strictly ground dwelling back then. It would not have occured to me that there would be enough trees, glad you found plenty!
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    Beautiful,,,,i've always wanted to visit some of those places,,thanks for sharing
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    glowing cottonwood deserves a frame
    The gene pool needs a life guard.

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    Hi RR
    Thanks for the report. We were just in that area a couple weeks ago. We hiked in the peekaboo and spooky gulch section of Coyote...what part are your pictures from...

    Looks great!

    Jim

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    Love to see what the other planets in our solar system look like!
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