SEASON: Any, although summers can be hot, and the roads difficult in the winter.
Are you a bit of an arch bagger? This short hike visits two very
different arches. Sunset arch appears to be an Entrada sandstone
arch while within sight of it, several hundred meters away, sits
Sunrise arch in a different sandstone layer all together.
Head east out of the town of Escalante about 5 miles on highway
12 until the well signed Hole in the Rock road. From the
mileage sign on the Hole in the Rock road (0.3 miles from the
highway), travel down the Hole in the Rock road for 36.1 miles
to the signed 40 Mile Ridge road on the left. (Note: Dance
Hall rock is less than a mile past this turn off if you
continue down the Hole in the Rock road, and makes an interesting
place to visit with decent primitive camping.)
Follow the 40 Mile Ridge Road
road for 4 miles to a tee where a short, steep road goes up
the hill on the left to the Coyote Gulch trailhead. This is the
trailhead. Any vehicle should be able to reach the
trailhead in most conditions.
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From the trailhead, hike back down to the junction with 40
Mile Ridge road. Look south toward 50 mile mountain and
the Hole in the Rock road. On the left, off in the distance,
is Cave Point. Head across the sagebrush flat for about 20
minutes toward Cave Point until you are close to some small
hoodoos and towers. Just before those hoodoos and towers, you
can see a slickrock area to the south. The 2 arches are
visible when you reach this area. (30-40 minutes from the car
to the arches.)
Return the way you came. By parking on the small hill, you can
see you vehicle for most of the return.