Rainbow Bridge - Oct 25, 2022

Rivergoer

Escalante-Class Member
We paid a visit to RB after missing several years. With conditions as they are, it may be some time before dock/ramp access is restored. Still doable, here are some pics to assist with planning a visit.

990AEF19-CB69-40A4-96BF-8084282511A6.jpeg

The docks (aka Dooley’s Paddle staging area) are neatly stacked and stowed at the former Forbidding Canyon fuel dock area, about a mile from the canyon end.
FF82A75E-0B07-45F0-89A9-3967EE2BCAA4.jpeg

The “narrows” are about twice as long now and bending rather than straight through (view looking out from back side). Caution: Submerged rocks in middle of channel (3529 elev) after exiting these narrows as the beach comes into view (behind this view). We hit the rocks but we couldn’t find them to leave a buoy as no depth finder and visibility limited to a few inches.
D9D60BE0-BD3D-44D2-83E0-667F06625A03.jpeg4179F92F-62CE-45C8-9870-71C327CC5504.jpeg

Landing area is a shallow delta. Firm sand can be found, requires a bit of slogging through ankle deep water if beaching a boat. No way around on dry land. After about 200 yds, look for a dry sand path along the left side meeting up with the established NPS trail. We beached the houseboat back about 1/4 mile on the right just after the narrows and paddled the canoe over to this delta.


A5EC2AA4-4F1D-490C-BF91-D95303DE5A7E.jpeg

Rogue section of Ramp or Floating dock overcome by lush growth about 1/2 mile up from the landing beach. Total round trip walk to Rainbow Bridge and back is about 2 1/2 miles. CORRECTION: After rechecking GPS, from the landing area to the bridge is 2 1/2 miles EACH WAY, closer to 5 miles roundtrip. Easy pace walk time = 1 hr 40 min.
81F0F968-5193-4D44-9E54-72DDD1471985.jpeg

First snow of the season fell on Navajo Mtn Saturday/Sunday Oct 23. Have fun and don’t forget to stop on the way up the trail at the rest cabana and sign the logbook!
77C6A43F-353F-4235-BE56-D9CE8EFA0650.jpegFAEDC78F-0F10-481E-9E07-F7E9BEA42FEC.jpeg
 
Last edited:

Bill Sampson

Escalante-Class Member
We paid a visit to RB after missing several years. With conditions as they are, it may be some time before dock/ramp access is restored. Still doable, here are some pics to assist with planning a visit.

View attachment 19950

The docks (aka Dooley’s Paddle staging area) are neatly stacked and stowed at the former Forbidding Canyon fuel dock area, about a mile from the canyon end.
View attachment 19951

The “narrows” are about twice as long now and bending rather than straight through (view looking out from back side). Caution: Submerged rocks in middle of channel (3529 elev) after exiting these narrows as the beach comes into view (behind this view). We hit the rocks but we couldn’t find them to leave a buoy as no depth finder and visibility limited to a few inches.
View attachment 19952View attachment 19953

Landing area is a shallow delta. Firm sand can be found, requires a bit of slogging through ankle deep water if beaching a boat. No way around on dry land. After about 200 yds, look for a dry sand path along the left side meeting up with the established NPS trail. We beached the houseboat back about 1/4 mile on the right just after the narrows and paddled the canoe over to this delta.


View attachment 19954

Rogue section of Ramp or Floating dock overcome by lush growth about 1/2 mile up from the landing beach. Total round trip walk to Rainbow Bridge and back is about 2 1/2 miles.
View attachment 19957

First snow of the season fell on Navajo Mtn Saturday/Sunday Oct 23. Have fun and don’t forget to stop on the way up the trail at the rest cabana and sign the logbook!
View attachment 19955View attachment 19956
More good pictures.
Thanks
 

Rainbowbridge

Escalante-Class Member
Thanks for taking the time for the detailed report and great pics!!!

Seeing docks floating where we bought gas from '77-'83 is amazing.

Isn't there an old saying...'what goes around comes around?'

:unsure:
 
Top