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Toadstools and Wire Pass

March 9, 2009

We were up and out by 6:30am and stopped in Mount Carmel Junction for breakfast.  We arrived at the BLM office in Kanab UT at 8:15 and filled out our application for a permit to hike to “The Wave” in Vermilion Cliffs NM the next day.  By the time they did the lottery drawing at 9am there were 23 people who had applied for the 10 permits for the following day.  Only 20 people per day are permitted to go into the North Coyote Buttes area where the Wave is located, ten via internet lottery four months in advance and 10 on site (BLM office).  We were numbers 8 and 9 to be selected!  When I was outside, a retired geologist asked me if I wanted to sell our permits – I said NO.

 

It was Helen’s morning so we stopped at a thrift shop and then a pawn shop where she bought a pretty turquoise silver ring.  We bought two foot long Subway sandwiches and then drove about an hour to the Paria Rimrocks in Grand Staircase-Escalante NM.  We each ate half a sub and then did the 1.5 mile trail among the “Toadstools, Hoodoos and Mushrooms” off of US 89.  There were numerous colorful boulders perched on rock columns along the trail.

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Afterward, we drove to the trailhead for Coyote Wash and Wire Pass in Vermilion Cliffs NM.  We followed the wash into the slot canyon where Wire Pass is less than 3 feet wide in places and you have to turn sideways to “pass through.”  We followed the canyon to where it meets Buckskin Gulch and then hiked a further 0.25 mile down Buckskin until we reached some water we would have had to hike through.  So we turned around and hiked the other way up the Gulch for about 1.5 miles until it started to open up.  We then retraced our path and returned to the car.  We hiked about 6 miles. 

 

 

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