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Old 12-09-2012   #1
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Labyrinth, Stillwater Must-See list?

Any river rats willing to share their list of must-see, or must-hike, places in Labyrinth and Stillwater canyons?

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Old 12-09-2012   #2
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That is a large area, and there are lots of options. For some of the highlights I would suggest researching this website:


and reading, amongst others Kelsey's book:

Non-Technical Canyon Hiking Guide to the Colorado Plateau, 6th Edition: Mike Kelsey: 9780944510278: Books

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Old 12-10-2012   #3
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Ah.... it depends on your tolerence for mosquitos...... and mud and heat.
If you can find kelseys book get it, more info there than can be told here.
Try to get up on the rim at least once, there are a number of easy spots and lots of long ones. Try to find all of DJ's inscriptions...don't camp where JWP did....
have fun....
more snow = more water
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Old 12-11-2012   #4
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Thank you both! I appreciate the advice about guidebooks. I have guidebooks aplenty, however; I was fishing for more of a list of people's favorite stops...
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Old 12-11-2012   #5
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Sorry man can't remember good campsites...

Went there this year ... Awesome trip with alot of beer .. Just wish there was more water...what kind of boat or raft are you taking and when ?
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Old 12-11-2012   #6
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Hike up to the saddle of the Bowknot bend and you can see the river on both sides. Trin alcove-canyon on the right when you get to the start of (true)Labyrinth. The river register where people write their names/funny messages on the canyon wall. Check out the maps for more detail.
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Old 12-12-2012   #7
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all right, I'll bite....
besides some of the other places people have mentioned.... the Anvil is pretty cool, trin alcove lets you get on the rim, so does the 5 hole arch hike up 2 mile canyon. If you are doing the Stillwater section you can get on the rim at Anderson bottom real easy and the overlook at the confluence is supposed to be cool. The Moki fort and turks head are also good places to see. Take your time, lots of bugjuice and a machete and you can see lots more....
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Old 12-12-2012   #8
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Up moose creek on the selway on your way there....

If I were going, i know i'd be hiking up Dark Canyon a long long ways. I've hiked up around the bottom of where we could drive with THE VAN ( will never do that again), but we were still too far away from the cool stuff I've read about. Someday I'll do an overnight hike up there from a river trip. I know this is below where you asked, but i guess you'll be going by. Have you ever done this, an overnighter up there? Someday....

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Old 12-12-2012   #9
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labryinth rim hike

If I remember correctly there is a small campsite just upriver of tri cove on rr. There is a old trail marked by an iron bar in the rock. Quick way to get to the rim above tri cove.
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Old 12-14-2012   #10
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Few years back, the tammies were (and probably still are) so thick, it was difficult to access camps and side canyons. Three Canyon was a fave, also hiked Tenmile Canyon and Hey Joe. Found D. Julien inscription at Cottowood Bottm ...and if you do mind the all-night party at Mineral Bottom take out, skip this camp.

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