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bubba

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I'm hoping to get to the lake this year around early July and by the looks of the water data graphs early July coincides with high water each year. Does anyone know how far up the Escalate I will be able to boat with this years water predictions? Can I get up as far as Coyote or do you think I will hit dirt at explorer or cow? Is there a map that I can enter water level and see shoreline or is there a series of old maps on the internet that show lake surface at different water levels. I think I'm interested in 3640. Thanks.
 

Waterbaby

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Given that it was only accessible at high water my guess would be doubtful at 3640, plus this year with the logs coming down with runoff and the reports there is still a lot of uncleared Russian Olive making it diffcult to access this canyon from the river I would ask closer to the date you plan to go. Most people go in from HWY 12 at Escalante in kayak's or hike in from Hole in the Rock road- I have read permits are going to be required because people were not packing out what they carried in. Another concern for this canyon in July would be monsoon storms.

BTW an excellent shot looking down on the canyon from hikers POV.

 

Gem Morris

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There is in the mouth of Coyote Gulch and it's confluence with the Escalante River a USGS marker stamped 3700 feet. That would mean the Lake would have to be at full pool to rise to the mouth of Coyote Gulch
 

Waterbaby

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There is in the mouth of Coyote Gulch and it's confluence with the Escalante River a USGS marker stamped 3700 feet. That would mean the Lake would have to be at full pool to rise to the mouth of Coyote Gulch

I thought it had to be at or near full level, could not find an exact level, but I know even at full pool getting that far up the Escalante is not easy, the water gets very muddy and murky as well as the floating logs more numerous, even in late Summer. Most people hike in [permit required] or float down from HWY 12, but all reports are it is not an easy float as the water is very shallow and there is a lot of huge boulders and require portage to get over and around the rocks.
 

Gem Morris

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I've hiked Coyote Gulch 3 times - it's spectacular! Only once did we continue on to the lake and get picked up by boats - that was interesting - lots of very deep mud at the very end and no back up plan so we had to force our way through.

Stevens Arch is very cool - you can pick your way to the base and sit in the arch which I've done too. Rumor has it planes have flown through it
 
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Trix

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We boated to Coyote Gulch in the 80's and 90's at full or near full pool. It is absolutely spectacular back there, but 3640 is a long hike from the water!
 
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