Sunrise/Sunset Arches - Escalante
RATING: Easy hiking
LENGTH: 2-3 hours
MAPS: King Mesa, UT; Sooner Bench, UT
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.
Getting ThereHead 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.
Return the way you came. By parking on the small hill, you can see you vehicle for most of the return.