Cavorting in the Cockscomb

Utah, Cockscomb, Collared Lizard, lizard
Collared Lizard : Prints Available

After our Grand Canyon trek, we had plans to backpack through the famous Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon, but for the second year in a row we decided to cancel those plans due to a less-than-promising weather forecast. The world’s longest slot canyon is probably not the best place to be with any chance of rain! So instead we spent a few days car camping and hiking in The Cockscomb area between the towns of Kanab and Page and Cannonville. This is an area I’ve never visited before and it was quite an interesting place! More photos below.

Hackberry Canyon,Utah, Cockscomb, hiking

Hiking in Lower Hackberry Canyon.

Our first outing was a short stroll up Lower Hackberry Canyon. Hiking this canyon involves a pleasant walk in a shallow stream between large sandstone walls, kind of like an easy appetizer version of Death Hollow near Escalante.

Utah,Yellow Rock, Cockscomb

Yellow Rock

Later that day we hiked up Yellow Rock, an odd solitary sandstone hill covered with colorful patterns.

Utah,Yellow Rock, Cockscomb

Sandstone patterns on Yellow Rock.

Utah,Yellow Rock, Cockscomb, paintbrush, wildflowers

Paintbrush wildflowers grow in the sandstone atop Yellow Rock – April.

To work off the bottle of wine we drank atop Yellow Rock, we did some spontaneous extreme free-climbing on a nearby sandstone wall. I named this new route the Desert Uxbridge. 😉

Sandstone Freeclimb 1

Sandstone Freeclimb 2

Sandstone Freeclimb 3

Who wants some guacamole?
Celebrating our first ascents with some fresh guacamole.