Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Cedar Wash Arch & Covered Wagon Arch, Escalante

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Cedar Wash Arch & Covered Wagon Arch, Escalante

Cedar Wash Arch & Covered Wagon Arch are in Escalante, Utah, off Hole in the Rock Road. Each are very short in distance making this perfect for little kids, families, and dogs. Combine these arches with other hikes in the area to make a day of it. This isn't really a "hike", but rather a quick walk. Visiting both will only take about 30 minutes combined, plus the drive.

Cedar Wash Arch
From Escalante, head East on HWY 12, then south on the Hole in the Rock Road. Reset your odometer, and drive 3.2 miles. Turn right at the brown sign for Cedar Wash Road (BLM 210). Reset your odometer - at 0.8 miles cross a cattle guard. At 3.2 mile the road splits to a sharp left. Turn here and drive another 0.3 miles to the "trailhead", which looks like a dead end in a very sandy section of dirt road. There is an old brown post with nothing on it. The trail starts to the south. Here is a driving map.

Covered Wagon Arch
Follow the same directions as above, but at the road split for Cedar Wash arch continue another 1.6 miles west along the dirt road, where you'll see three large boulders and a brown post with nothing on it. Parking is on the left side of the road, where there is only space for 2-3 cars. Here is a driving map from Cedar Wash Arch.

To get back to Escalante, keep driving along this road North for another 8.4 miles, until you reach town, making a big loop. Here is a driving map from Covered Wagon Arch.

Info is the same for each "trail"

Distance: 450-600 ft
Elevation gain: flat
Time: 5-10 minutes 
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/Permits? None

Cedar Wash Arch, Arches in Escalante
 For Cedar Wash Arch, follow the obvious boot-beaten path down a sandy hill, then turn right at another sandy trail at a Juniper tree.
Cedar Wash Arch, Arches in Escalante
Arrive to the arch in 2 minutes. It's also fun to walk over to the top of the arch - you can barely see me! The span of this arch is only 15 ft wide.



Covered Wagon Arch 
(aka Covered Wagon Natural Bridge)
Covered Wagon Natural Bridge, Covered Wagon Arch, Arches in Escalante
The "trailhead" for Covered Wagon Arch is marked by an empty brown post, and 3 large boulders.
Covered Wagon Natural Bridge, Covered Wagon Arch, Arches in Escalante
 Continue down an obvious boot-beaten path, possibly following cairns.
Covered Wagon Natural Bridge, Covered Wagon Arch, Arches in Escalante
 Arrive to the arch within 2 minutes. When we first arrived, we were actually on top of it. 
Covered Wagon Natural Bridge, Covered Wagon Arch, Arches in Escalante
The better view is from someone looking up to you from below the arch in Alvey Wash. This one is quite small at only 24 feet across, but worth a few minutes to check out.





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Cedar Wash Arch & Covered Wagon Arch, Escalante

1 comment:

  1. Very cool arches! Glad you went on top for perspective. I found you on the first one!!

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