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    Need Advice on 5 Night Backpack Routes in Southern Utah

    Two experienced backpackers and photographers (walkers, not climbers) looking for good routes in Southern Utah for five nights, the third week of April. Yes, that's soon!

    Can average up to 7 miles a day, depending on terrain. Not eager to carry more than a couple quarters of water each at one time. Solitude valued, scenery even more important, especially interesting rock formations.

    Thank you so much in advance for your suggestion, advice and recommendations.

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    Buckskin Gulch - in at Wire Pass and out at Lee's Ferry.

    Buckskin Gulch
    http://climb-utah.com/Escalante/buckskin.htm

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    The above is a good suggestion-if there are any permits left.

    Here are some other good ones:

    Robbers Roost Canyon
    Twin Corral/Sams Mesa Box Canyon
    Hatch/Fiddler Cove Canyon
    Halls Creek-Brimhall Gulch to Lake Powell
    The Maze (Anderson Bottom to Horse Canyon is my favorite route in the Maze, but there are many others)
    Grand Gulch
    Choprock/Silver Falls Loop
    25 Mile-Scorpion Gulch Loop
    Llewellyn-Cottonwood-Reflection
    Fiftymile Mountain
    Mancos Mesa (lots of canyons along the way-Crystal Springs, Knowles, Forgotton, Cedar)
    Aztec Creek-Rainbow Bridge (Navajo Permit needed)
    Hackberry (only 4 days if you explore everything though)
    North Rainbow Trail
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    Paria canyon if permits. Grand Gulch area needs minimal permits, if you can shuttle, you could do several nice treks, call ahead about water. Hackberry was very nice when we did it last Sept, you could probably extend to five days if you did every side hike Kelsey suggests in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott P View Post
    The above is a good suggestion-if there are any permits left.

    Here are some other good ones:

    Robbers Roost Canyon
    Twin Corral/Sams Mesa Box Canyon
    Hatch/Fiddler Cove Canyon
    Halls Creek-Brimhall Gulch to Lake Powell
    The Maze (Anderson Bottom to Horse Canyon is my favorite route in the Maze, but there are many others)
    Grand Gulch
    Choprock/Silver Falls Loop
    25 Mile-Scorpion Gulch Loop
    Llewellyn-Cottonwood-Reflection
    Fiftymile Mountain
    Mancos Mesa (lots of canyons along the way-Crystal Springs, Knowles, Forgotton, Cedar)
    Aztec Creek-Rainbow Bridge (Navajo Permit needed)
    Hackberry (only 4 days if you explore everything though)
    North Rainbow Trail
    These suggestion are good for which Tonydavid was asking about

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    Thanks for these suggestions. Looking at [COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.85098)]Halls Creek and Muley Twist Canyon. Two questions….what do you think about this vs other options? We would like to know about current water conditions[/COLOR][COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.85098)]is there enough to drink? can we wade through -we don't want to swim with packs! We called and emailed ranger and no response. How can we find out?
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