Hiking at Lake Powell
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Hiking at Lake Powell
Although there is no bad season for hiking at Lake Powell, the cool air and quiet waters of spring seems to provide the perfect playground for those hoping to experience the beauty of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area by foot. Take advantage of this ideal season by educating yourself on – and journeying through – some of the most sought after treks at the lake.
By far the most popular trail at Lake Powell leads to Rainbow Bridge. Reaching an astounding 290 feet high and 275 feet long, this national monument is known to be one of the world’s highest natural bridges and continues to be at the top of the list for most first time visitors each year:
o Forbidden Canyon to Rainbow Bridge - Buoy 49 - As you wind back into this canyon, you will pass a wakeless buoy line, take the next left turn. You'll proceed through a very narrow passage; be careful to travel at a slow safe speed. This will take you to a courtesy dock provided by the National Park Service (NPS). You can park/secure your powerboat next to the walkway and then walk to the end of the walkway where a dirt path begins. This path takes you to Rainbow Bridge. This hike is 1.75 miles one way. Be sure to take plenty of water with you; there are no facilities on the path, only back where you moored your boat. (Note: A houseboat can travel to this area, however it is much easier to maneuver a smaller boat here.) Rainbow Bridge is a wondrous, breathtaking rock formation that is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is the world's largest natural Bridge, and quite likely the most photographed natural wonder in the American West.
Rainbow Bridge is without a doubt a beauty that all should behold. However, this giant should not overshadow all other exciting paths to be voyaged while visiting Lake Powell:
o Navajo Canyon - Buoy 10 - The hike to Chaol Fall is 8 miles roundtrip. After about 2 miles the trail will fork and you'll want to take the right fork to the falls and the petroglyphs.
o West Canyon - Buoy 25 - Hikers can go back as long and as far as they wish. You will encounter several pools and falls.
o Last Chance Bay - Buoy 28 - Last Chance Bay has many side canyons with good anchoring beaches. At the mouth of the bay you will find Gregory Butte; look carefully and you can see that a portion of this butte is shaped like a camel.
o Rock Creek Canyon, Middle Rock Creek Canyon and Dry Rock Creek Canyon - Buoy 36 - Each offers great beaches for anchoring, fantastic fishing and a breathtaking sunset or sunrise against the colored towering buttes. In this area, you'll find several small arches and caves. In fact, you can drive your PWC or small powerboat into one particular cave in the back of Rock Creek Canyon. This canyon area is out of the wind and can be a great waterskiing location.
o Mountain Sheep Canyon (Buoy 44) and Dungeon Canyon (Buoy 38) - Each canyons offers solitude, small hikes into slot canyons, and great fishing. (Note: As you approach the back of these canyons, be careful to watch for light colored areas of the water where rocks are just beneath the surface and could damage your boat's bottom or propeller.)
o Oak Creek Canyon - Buoy 51 - Head to the back of the canyon to hike the Navajo Stairs / Moki Steps that are carved in the sandstone. The hike should only take 45 minutes each way. Climbing to the top of the sandstone mound with the aid of the carved stairs (small pucks in the sandstone) will reward you with a magnificent view of other pillaring sandstone towers.
o Anasazi Canyon - Buoy 52 - This canyon offers a great beach for anchoring and an excellent hike. Depending on the time of year, there is a small waterfall for you to enjoy at the back of the canyon, which is about a 45-minute hike one way. Anasazi Canyon is a long eerie gorge which contains great splotches of colorful lichen and desert varnish.
Now that you’re versed on some of the most exciting hikes to explore while at Lake Powell, you’re ready to choose your ideal houseboat for your adventure. Call us toll free at 888-454-8825 or Request Information online today.