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Capitol Reef National Park: Sulphur Creek Goosenecks 

Scramble through a beautiful (and overlooked) 5.4-mile slot canyon filled with pools and waterfalls. Expect wet feet and maybe some swimming.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 17 May 2007 2:11:53 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: Utah (UT)
Distance: 5.45 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1615 ft
Total Loss: 2161 ft
Net Change: -545 ft
Difficulty: 8 / 10
Tags: Capitol Reef National Park, Teasdale, Utah, Waterfall Hikes
Rating:   1 rating(s) Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: From Torrey, UT, drive 6.7 miles E on UT 24 to Chimney Rock trailhead.

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Distance: 5.45 mi Points: 610
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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Sulphur Creek

Points of Interest


Location: 38.315449, -111.304001
Follow gully S; turn L into main wash 200 yards from trailhead


Location: 38.307896, -111.304626
Side canyon enters from L. Stay in main wash


Location: 38.304501, -111.302917
Easy scramble down over pouroff; go straight or detour around to L


Location: 38.304352, -111.303413
Follow faint trail leaving wash on L; cross sage brush bench, pass sign


Location: 38.303139, -111.302750
Cross Sulphur Creek; keep on faint trail or stay in streambed


Location: 38.297634, -111.298279
Look up, L to canyon rim. Note guardrail around Goosenecks Overlook


Location: 38.294933, -111.293900
Narrows begin @ huge cottonwood log jammed above waterfall. Scramble R around falls. Continue through rugged narrows. Short swims may be required


Location: 38.294716, -111.292000
2nd large waterfall looks impassable; climb R to find keyhole behind boulder. Scramble down carefully. Narrows continue on and off for nearly 2 mi.


Location: 38.290501, -111.271935
Third waterfall. Note fossil patterns in slickrock. Cross L at brink of falls and scramble across ledges before dropping. Pool at base of falls can be big, or nonexistent


Location: 38.291401, -111.261887
Nearing visitor center, stay L in streambed until bridge is visible. Follow trail L around buildings toward flagpole. Shuttle 2.9 mi. on UT 24 back to trailhead


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