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Overview

RATING: Easy Hiking
LENGTH: 5-7 hours
MAPS: Red Breaks, UT

Mon

90 | 62

Tue

93 | 63

Wed

93 | 65

Thu

94 | 63

Fri

92 | 63

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SEASON: Any, although summers can be hot, and the terrain slippery with snow on the ground.
GEAR: 40 m ( 132 ft. ) rope if entering the pothole

Mon

90 | 62

Tue

93 | 63

Wed

93 | 65

Thu

94 | 63

Fri

92 | 63

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Islomania Dome is a hidden gem, with an excellent approach. The dome itself is hollow with an island in the middle. Size is difficult to grasp from pictures. Imagine a pothole 25 m ( 83 ft. ) deep, maybe 30 m + across, with a 10 m ( 33 ft. ) tall island in the middle. The bottom filled with sand dunes. Wild! If you're adventurous, the bottom of the dome can be visited.

Photographers will love both the appoach and dome itself. I'd highly recommend this outing to most, though it is brutally hot in the summer. Fall, spring, or winter would be the best times to visit. The feature is also commonly known as the Volcano or the Cosmic Ashtray.

Getting There

Note: There is great primitive camping along the Old Sheffield road.
Warning: There can be a sandy spot or two a half mile or so from the trailhead that may stop low clearance, passively driven 2wd vehicles. If in doubt, this can be walked.

Head east out of the town of Escalante about 9.5 miles on highway 12 until you reach mile post 70. The Old Sheffield road goes off on the east side of the highway here, right on a bend.

  • Reset your odometer as your turn onto the Old Sheffield road. ( 12S 460529mE 4177402mN / N37° 44' 35" W111° 26' 53" )
  • Follow the generally well maintained Old Sheffield road for 5.8 miles to a junction where the main road goes right (south), and a two track road goes straight. ( 12S 467108mE 4174030mN / N37° 42' 47" W111° 22' 23" )
  • Continue down the two track road 0.9 miles to a turn around spot at some slickrock. The road continues, but is closed passed this point. A side road off on the left here goes a short disance to OK primitive camping. ( 12S 468480mE 4173735mN / N37° 42' 37" W111° 21' 27" )

Route

From the lone cedar, follow the old road down a sandy hill about 10 minutes until it trends left away from the big sandstone cliff on your right. Leave the track and follow the base of the cliff about an hour until around the point. As you follow the cliff, it becomes lower, and the steep walls give way to gentle slickrock slabs. This section has amazing views into the Escalante River canyon area.

Once around the point, head south staying at the base of the low angle slickrock slabs, with a large dome on your left. A large dome will be in view to the south (and a little west). Islomania Dome is at the base of the larger dome on the east side. It should take 30-40 minutes from the point to the dome. You will likely notice the old road near the dome. It appears to be the closed road that used to approach from Red Breaks.

WARNING: If entering the dome, bring a 40 m ( 132 ft. ) rope and leave someone outside to anchor the rope for use as a handline. There are carved steps at the hardest section, but the climb in/out is still a bit tricky, and you don't want to get trapped inside!


Return the way you came.

Optional Loop: Instead of returning the way you came, you can make a bit of a loop. To do this, climb the slabs north of the dome, and work your way down and up the semi-deep side canyon on the other side. If good route finding is used, it should stay 3rd class. Once across this side canyon, head a little north and cross another shallow canyon and a divide into a 3rd canyon. Once in the third canyon, head upstream to the top of the canyon and descend slickrock back to the base of the cliffs you followed on the approach. The area above Islomania is a slickrock paradise with many neat domes, rocks, and features. Highly recommended.


Maps

Route / 7.28 miles / Elevation Range 5,461 - 5,776 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12S 468995mE 4173564mN

N37° 42' 32" W111° 21' 06"

Islomania

12S 472193mE 4170720mN

N37° 40' 60" W111° 18' 55"

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