Willis Creek Narrows ~ Skutumpah Road, Utah (Close to the Western Edge of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument)

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The precise coordinates for the Willis Creek Trailhead are 37.483062, –112.096760.

From Kanab drive east on Hwy 89 then north on Johnson Canyon Road, then proper onto BLM 500 which is also Skutumpah Road. From Cannonville you would head south on Kodachrome Road, which becomes Cottonwood Road. Ahead of reaching Kodachrome State Park, turn proper on BLM 500, which is also Skutumpah Road. (Scoot-um-pah).

The road is gravel and is ordinarily in fair situation with washboard. Most automobiles can manage it when it is in fantastic shape but often verify with the BLM very first particularly immediately after heavy rains. This road can turn into impassable even for 4×4 when wet. If you strategy to come in from Kanab, you have a great deal far more dirt road to travel, and also have to go via some sections that are rather rough, steep, narrow and windy. There is 1 section of the road that crosses Bull Valley Gorge. When you peer into Bull Valley Gorge, you can see a car wedged involving the canyon walls beneath the earthen bridge that spans the gorge.

Willis Creek, Roxy Whalley a Nomad for NatureThe beginning of Willis Creek, Skutumpah Road, UT

Above, the starting of the canyon if you commence at the slick rock location at the quite starting of this slot. It is uncomplicated to uncover mainly because the creek crosses the road at this point.

Willis Creek is quick and exciting. It is about three-miles round-trip, and ordinarily has a small trickle of water in it, and it is convoluted walls are actually stunning. If you commence your stroll at the slick rock just south of the trail (exactly where the creek crosses the road) you will uncover many compact waterfalls that are the starting of this canyon. I appreciate to sit right here with a cup of tea in the morning and a beer at the finish of the day. It applied to be that I would be alone in this stunning small sanctuary at these instances, but with so numerous guests attempting to cram in as numerous hikes as they can in a day, the time I have alone close to these pools and waterfalls has shortened significantly. Folks are arriving earlier and later to hike, some even beginning the canyon as the sun is sinking, and they definitely have to rush.

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The canyon begins out pretty shallow but deepens the additional down you go.

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Can you spot the individual in the image above?

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(Above) Hunting down into the narrows from the canyon rim.

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At the finish of the day. Sitting on the slick rock, the sun on my face, the sound of water falling into tiny pools and echoing back to me. A fantastic cooling beer, and when the sun goes down and the darkness brings a chill, a campfire chases the cold away. Ahhhhhhhh.

While it would be feasible to do this hike and Lick Wash and almost certainly even Kodachrome State Park all in 1 day, I do not think in rushing like that. Given that I’m not commonly in a hurry to be someplace else, I just do 1 hike every day, and camp close to the trailhead. This way I can take as a great deal time as I like to love the beauty of the canyon, take photos, admire the curvy undulations of the walls and the layers of time in the rock, the transform of lighting, the distinct colors of sandstone. I can pause and listen to the trickle of water, the echo of voices, and the trill of the canyon wren ringing via the narrows as even though it was singing for Mother Nature Herself.

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I assume it is actually sad that so numerous men and women have so small time completely appreciate and love such areas A day, a weekend, or possibly ten-days in a entire year. They fly down the road as quickly as feasible and see nothing at all far more than the dust from the car or truck in front of them, and all going way more than the speed limit and generating horrible washboard for other travelers. They hurry down the canyon, take a handful of snapshots with their cell phones, and say “been there, performed that.” If you ask them regardless of whether they heard the canyon wren, they appear at you with a blank face that implies “Sorry, I’ve got to go, no time to listen to you or nature, byee….”

I think in good quality as an alternative of quantity. Subsequent time you go on a trip someplace, please think about getting a handful of High quality Experiences, as an alternative of just a Lot of Experiences, particularly when in nature. Nature can be a actually healing practical experience, but like all fantastic issues, it requires time to heal, and nature demands time.

I hope you have enjoyed this post.

Till subsequent time, love the trail and if you can, let oneself adequate time to actually practical experience your surroundings. Breathe, unwind, heal.

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