Saturday, April 13, 2019

Wahweap Hoodoos

Hike track link

After The Wave (click here if you missed that post) we filled our time with other interesting hikes in the Kanab area. Susan is really good at research and choosing cool things to do, and this one was no different.

This hike starts near the community of Big Water, Utah. The trek is mostly up a seasonal river bed. When we went it was running pretty good and we had to cross it many times. It was easy enough to keep our feet dry.

About three miles in the first hoodoos come into view on the west canyon wall. This is only a taste of what's to come.

The hoodoos here were formed when the hard Dakota Sandstone protects a column of softer Entrada Sandstone from eroding. It has taken millions of years for these formations to be created. The result is as fascinating as it is mind-blowing. The second and third groups of hoodoos are a short distance up the canyon on the west side, both tucked into small side canyons.

It was easy hiking, mostly because we had a cool day and the terrain was almost flat the entire distance. This seldom visited area was definitely worth the effort!

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