Grand Gulch questions?
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jim strong
(climbinggoat) - F
Grand Gulch questions? on 09/20/2009 16:53:59 MDT Print View

Going to Grand Gulch in late November.

Never been.

Collins to Bullet or Kane to Bullet?

I only have time for 3 days in Grand Gulch. The car shuttle isn't an issue.

I want to know which way is a nicer walk. The elevation gain almost doesn't exist.

I just want to know if one is better than the other.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Grand Gulch questions? on 09/20/2009 17:40:38 MDT Print View

"The car shuttle isn't an issue."

If you plan on leaving a car at the exit point (versus having someone meet you there) be sure it capable in the mud. All it takes is one good soaker and a typical 2WD suburban car will just have to wait it out... or get stuck...and then wait.

So some of your decision will be based on road quality and how you plan to exit. Rangers at Kane Creek should be able to tell you what to expect.

Edited by greg23 on 09/20/2009 17:41:24 MDT.

Peter Sustr
(czechxpress) - F - M

Locale: Boulder
Grand Gulch on 09/20/2009 19:21:57 MDT Print View

Having a shuttle option is ideal in this area, it leaves you with so many different opportunities. I would go for Kane to Polly's Canyon or if you want to take your time more get out Bullet. Most people exit there, which is great but, the extra effort gets you 11 more great sites you see that are well worth it.

jim strong
(climbinggoat) - F
thanks on 09/21/2009 07:17:03 MDT Print View

thats the info I'm looking for

I'm well aware of the mud. But in November, that shouldn't be an issue.

the 11 extra sites sound good, thats why i'm going

I just wish I had time to explore the canyons on the opposite side of the highway from the bullet exit

jim strong
(climbinggoat) - F
another question? on 09/24/2009 11:16:21 MDT Print View

any insight you can give into government trailhead access?

i'm looking at the non-technical guide to the colorado plateau, it mentions the trailhead but the info he gives on road access is somewhat vague

i just picked up the book. i like it a lot, but i think he could have made it about 3 times bigger quite easily

we are reconsidering...possibly going kane-pollys

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Re: another question? on 09/24/2009 12:29:08 MDT Print View

hope this helps, the finest resource on the web for AZ and other SW states... here's a link:

http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1579
and this:

http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=2019
and this:

http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1283

Edited by mikeinfhaz on 09/24/2009 12:32:02 MDT.

jim strong
(climbinggoat) - F
you are most helpful on 09/25/2009 09:32:15 MDT Print View

thanks for the links. you have been helpful.

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Re: you are most helpful on 09/25/2009 10:45:55 MDT Print View

you're welcome, Jim. two things: the owner of HAZ recently started updating the site to host hike info for all states. there is not much member info related to the grand gulch area b/c it is in utah. in a few more years you'll see the trip reports for that area and member trip reports are one of the most useful items on the site.
the other thing: i do not know if you noticed that at the right side of the page from any of those links, you'll see the nearest hikes given with their respective air miles. so you can view other hikes in the area, or you can go to the "Regions Map" from the navigation menu and look at ALL of the hikes in that region, ie N. Arizona and Utah. Like i said, the most bestest resource for the SW and we're lucky to have it. thanks, Joe, for all you do!

Edited by mikeinfhaz on 09/25/2009 10:47:48 MDT.