GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
Activity: Day Hike, Scrambling
2 miles, 225’-1,400’ elevation gain, 2 hours duration, rated Moderate to Hard
‘Hole in the Rock’ is the exact spot that Mormon Settler Pioneers made their way from the East, across vast desert, to these bluffs and lowered wagons down to the Colorado River below as they forged their way West towards a new life, and a new beginning.
Fun and historic hike, much of it is scrambling. There are plenty of fun obstacles including, but not limited to fat man squeeze, a hole or two to climb through, and a couple of spots that require light rock climbing. Remember it is easier to go up then down when seeking hand and footholds. At the top was a standout view of Hole in the Rock and Lake Powell down below, but beware- the wind was blowing hard towards the edge. Our friend Hank’s hat blew off and we found it a quarter mile down the scramble.
I guess I should have recorded my hike to have more exacting information, instead I have to report what information I have found. I have heard the hike called Moderate, I have heard it called Hard and also Strenuous. The only way that I can think that it wouldn’t be Hard is because it is not a long hike. I have also seen varied accounts of the elevation gain that started at 225’, which in my opinion is totally off. I would think that it is much closer to the upper range that I have read claiming 1,400’ elevation gain. Even 1,400’ is not a lot of gain on a hike, but the difference is this is a short hike in length so it is a steep scramble. As I have mentioned, there were two spots, that called for what I refer to as light rock climbing. This was a section that you need good hand and footholds. Coming back down I was a little stuck, but luckily I had friends that had my back, well… backside actually. Luckily she was a cute young Doctor so I suppose it is alright, lol. Bring water after all this is the desert and you will be asserting yourself as you climb the steep route, good foot wear is essential, not like our friend John who obviously wasn’t expecting to hike, just water ski during our Lake Powell Trip. But he said it’s fine, his Extreme Athlete son bought the sandals in Telluride, besides they were good enough for Jesus.
We left on this hike later in the day to let it cool down a bit, and to take advantage of shadows casts on the rock crack we were working our way up. It might have been even better to go in the morning, but we were taking advantage of morning glass for wake boarding. There is only so much time to squeeze everything in when you are on adventure…
We were amazed as we followed the steps of history. It was hard enough to hike/scramble this slot, how these early pioneers managed wagons with all of their belongings down this spot I will never know. They were people of strong character, with a never say die attitude.
Thanks for joining me and my Lake Powell Houseboat Trip Adventurers as we discovered ourselves ’Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ at ‘Hole in Rock’ in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area at Lake Powell. This hike added to the glorious week we spent together taking a break from the hustle and bustle we call everyday life and balancing it with exercise, fresh air and sunshine, togetherness, and bountiful and unique natural beauty. For more adventures please stay with us by doing these few simple tasks: COMMENT, LIKE, FOLLOW and SHARE. You should go to the menu above and checkout the many places that PBTA ventures to. Each is a separate website and thus needs to be FOLLOWED independently. Also checkout SHOP APPAREL for all of your top quality adventure wear needs. Of course you will find the PBTA Logo which is the mantra with which to explore our natural world and at the same time ourselves.
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