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Old 10-30-2005   #1
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OT: Backpacking in Canyonlands - any suggestions

Going to go backpacking over thanksgiving in the needles area and are looking for a few suggestions. Thinking about maybe doing a loop out of peekaboo trailhead into lost canyon and squaw canyon. Want to go for probably 3 days or so - nothing huge just a few days in the backcountry.

Has anyone ever done this trip or anyothers in the area? Preferable something with some water so we don't have to carry it all. Any suggestions, ideas, stories appreciated.



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Old 10-30-2005   #2
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The joint trail is superb. Definitly work hiking through. So far as water, I'm guessing that you will be doing a lot of water hauling no matter your route.

Finally, know matter how well intentioned the recomendation, driving the elephant hill/silver stairs just isn't worth it unless you like to kick the shit out of your truck. (and if you do, it's a friggin' blast!)

There's also some nice river side / roadside camping in lochhart basin.

Have fun, it's beautiful!

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Old 10-30-2005   #3
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If you have the time, the trip down Red Lake Canyon to the Colorado River is well worth it. Brings you to the river bank opposite Spanish Bottom, just upstream from the rapids in Cat Canyon. You can get water from the riv if you have a way to settle out the particulate and aren't to fussy.

As an alternative, try Grand Gulch. Start at Kane Gulch and take out at Bullet Canyon. Many excellent ruins and rock art. There are springs along the way, but check with the rangers to see if they are flowing this late.
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