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Backpacking with the Sierra Club in Coyote Gulch, Utah
Day 4, July 2, 2010

Day 4: We day-tripped down the canyon and climbed onto a promontory overlooking the Escalante River. On the other side of the river, we had a great view of Stevens Arch. We then dropped into and hiked up the Escalante for a mile or so. The crew returned via the same route, but I continued down the Escalante River to the confluence with Coyote Gulch. Hiking back up Coyote Gulch alone, I learned about the difficult traverse necessary to pass a large obstacle that blocks easy passage.

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Climbing out of Coyote Gulch
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Hiking along cliffs
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Neck of promontory leading out into Escalante River meander
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Stevens Arch from downstream
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Common Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris)
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Stevens Arch from upstream
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Escalante River from high above
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Descending cliffs towards Escalante River
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Passing a deep spot in the Escalante River
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Contemplating more deep spots in the Escalante River
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East side of Stevens Arch seen from the Escalante River
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Wading up the Escalante River
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Friend along the way (Eastern Fence Lizard, Sceloporus undulatus)
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Last view up the Escalante River
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Stevens Arch from below
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Escalante River
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Escalante River at Coyote Gulch
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Coyote Gulch at Escalante River
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A bit of difficult slickrock traverse
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Quiet, sandy stream
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Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus) with red fins but no speckling
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Powdered Dancer Damselfly (Argia moesta)
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Almost back to camp
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Back to camp
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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