Grand Wash Trail to The Narrows

Capitol Reef National Park

Escalante - Grand Staircase Area, Utah

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Grand Wash Trail to The Narrows

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  • Shrubs, small trees, and flowers grow in the bottom of the broad canyon.- Grand Wash Trail to The Narrows
  • Spring flowers bloom along the trail.- Grand Wash Trail to The Narrows
  • The wash leads straight into the canyon.- Grand Wash Trail to The Narrows
  • Carved rock walls are fun to play on or photograph.- Grand Wash Trail to The Narrows
  • The canyon walls inch closer as hikers approach The Narrows.- Grand Wash Trail to The Narrows
  • It never feels too claustrophobic in The Narrows because plenty of sunlight beams down between the rock walls.- Grand Wash Trail to The Narrows
  • Various rock layers and mineral deposits color the rock.- Grand Wash Trail to The Narrows
  • Pockets in the rock walls are carved out by flash floods.- Grand Wash Trail to The Narrows
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy introductory hike at Capitol Reef.
Cons: 
Can be very hot. Prone to flash flooding.
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Region:
Escalante - Grand Staircase Area, UT
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
5,400 ft (1,646 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
200 ft (61 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
One-way/Shuttle
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Grand Wash is one of Capitol Reef's most scenic and most accessible hikes. The canyon's 500-foot tall sandstone walls tower over the tiny hikers below. Canyons like these are formed by rushing water that wears away at the rock. Capitol Reef receives only about 7 inches of rainfall per year; imagine the incredible erosive power of flash floods that churn through small cracks in the rock. Each successive flooding event creates deeper and larger cracks until entire canyons are formed.

Keep this fact in mind before heading out for a hike through the Grand Wash Trail. Today, it is still prone to dangerous flash floods. It's hard to believe that the entire canyon bottom could be covered in swirling, flowing water when you see it on a dry, sunny day. Check the weather forecast and watch for any warning signs at the trailhead before stepping foot into the canyon.

This hike can be done as a one-way with a car shuttle from the southern trailhead up to Highway 24 or as a there-and-back hike from either trailhead to The Narrows and back.

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