Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, 3rd: A Guide to the Parks' Greatest Hikes

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Lace up your boots and sample more than sixty of the finest hiking trails in southeastern Utah, where the breathtaking canyons, multicolored sandstone arches, and magnificent spires of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks provide the setting for countless outdoor adventures. Let veteran hiker Bill Schneider lead you past eight sandstone arches on the Devils Garden Trail in Arches National Park; take you over slickrock to the Harvest Scene panel in the remote Maze District; and show you the sweeping view of White...
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Overview

Lace up your boots and sample more than sixty of the finest hiking trails in southeastern Utah, where the breathtaking canyons, multicolored sandstone arches, and magnificent spires of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks provide the setting for countless outdoor adventures. Let veteran hiker Bill Schneider lead you past eight sandstone arches on the Devils Garden Trail in Arches National Park; take you over slickrock to the Harvest Scene panel in the remote Maze District; and show you the sweeping view of White Rim Country through awesome Mesa Arch in the Island in the Sky District. With Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks in hand, you'll discover the most spectacular trails and amazing scenery Utah's red rock country has to offer.Inside you'll find: • Accurate directions to popular as well as less-traveled trails • In-depth trail information • Difficulty ratings for each hike • Detailed trail maps • GPS coordinates for all trailheads • Outstanding color photographyWhether you're a day-tripper or long-distance hiker, old hand or novice, you'll find trails suited to every ability and interest in Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762778607
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Series: Regional Hiking Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition, Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 216,304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Schneider has spent forty years hiking trails all across America. During college in the mid-1960s, he worked on a trail crew in Glacier National Park and became a hiking addict. He spent the 1970s publishing Montana Outdoors magazine for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks while covering as many miles of trails as possible on weekends and holidays. In 1979 Bill and his partner, Mike Sample, founded Falcon Publishing. Since then he has written twenty books and hundreds of magazine articles on wildlife, outdoor recreation, and conservation issues. Bill has also taught classes on bicycling, backpacking, zero-impact camping, and hiking in bear country for the Yellowstone Institute, a nonprofit educational organization in Yellowstone National Park.In 2000 Bill retired from his position as president of Falcon Publishing (now part of Globe Pequot Press) after it had grown into the premier publisher of outdoor recreation guidebooks, with more than 800 titles in print. During the early 21st Century, he worked as an Acquisition Editor for Globe Pequot Press and Travel and Outdoor Editor for NewWest.Net, a regional online magazine. He now lives in Helena, Montana, with his wife, Marnie, and works as a publishing consultant and freelance writer.For more details, go to www.billschneider.net.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface: What It's Like Out in Abbey Country x

Introduction 1

Where to Go 1

Planning Your Trip 2

Getting a Backcountry Permit 2

Fees 4

Other Camping Options 4

Getting Water 5

Finding Maps 5

Navigating Unpaved Roads: 4WD versus AWD 6

For More Information 7

Trail Finder 8

Author's Favorites 9

Using this Guidebook 11

Distances 11

Ratings 11

Roads 11

Types of Trips 12

Managing the Backcountry 13

Special Regulations for Backcountry Use 13

What Is At-Large Backpacking? 14

Hiking the High Desert 16

When to Hike 16

The Water Dilemma 16

The Desert Sun 17

Faint Trails 17

Sharing 18

Leave No Trace 19

Endangered Dirt 20

Make It a Safe Trip 21

You Might Never Know What Hit You. 22

Hypothermia and Hyperthermia 22

Map Legend 25

The Hikes

Arches National Park 27

1 Park Avenue 29

2 Balanced Rock 31

3 Windows Primitive Loop 34

4 Double Arch 35

5 Delicate Arch 37

6 Sand Dune Arch 41

7 Broken Arch 44

8 Skyline Arch 46

9 Landscape Arch 48

10 Devils Garden Primitive Loop 50

11 Tower Arch 53

12 Fiery Furnace 55

Canyonlands National Park: Island in the Sky 57

13 Neck Spring 59

14 Lathrop 62

15 Mesa Arch 65

16 Aztec Butte 68

17 Wilhite 70

18 Alcove Spring 72

19 Whale Rock 74

20 Upheaval Dome Overlook 75

21 Syncline Loop 78

22 Crater Spur Trail 81

23 Upheaval Canyon 83

24 Moses 85

25 Alcove Spring/Syncline Loop 86

26 Murphy Point 90

27 Murphy Loop 92

28 Gooseberry 94

29 White Rim Overlook 96

30 Grand View 97

31 Fort Bottom 98

32 Gooseneck 100

Canyonlands National Park: The Needles 102

33 Roadside Ruin 105

34 Cave Spring 107

35 Pothole Point 109

36 Slickrock Foot Trail 112

37 Confluence Overlook 114

38 Upper Salt Creek 117

39 Castle Arch 124

40 Fortress Arch . 126

41 Peekaboo 127

42 Lost Canyon 131

43 Lost Canyon/Elephant Canyon 133

44 Squaw Canyon/Big Spring Canyon 137

45 Big Spring Canyon/Elephant Canyon 139

46 Elephant Hill to Squaw Flat 143

47 Druid Arch 145

48 Chesler Park/Devils Kitchen 148

49 The joint Trail 152

50 Druid Arch West 155

51 Chesler Park Loop 157

52 Devils Pocket Loop 159

53 The Big Needles Loop 161

54 Lower Red Lake 166

55 The Tumbleweed Loop 169

Canyonlands National Park: The Maze, Orange Cliffs, and Horseshoe Canyon 172

56 The Great Gallery 178

57 The North Trail 182

58 Happy Canyon 184

59 The Golden Stairs 186

60 Maze Overlook 188

61 Harvest Scene 190

62 Colorado / Green River Overlook 193

63 Spanish Bottom 196

64 The Granary 198

Canyonlands National Park Backcountry Campsite GPS Coordinates 199

Backcountry Roads 202

Canyonlands Natural History Association 224

Hike Index 226

About the Author 227

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