Backpacking Utah's Grand Gulch-- October 14 - 17, 2017Posted by Adventure 16 | 11.22.2017
by James O'Connell, A16 West Los Angeles Sales Associate
Backpacking in Grand gulch is like walking into a space untouched by time. James O'Connell
The trip was phenomenal. Backpacking in Grand Gulch is like walking into a space untouched by time. It's easy to imagine the canyon and the numerous side canyons as they were 800 years ago when they were abandoned by the ancient Puebloan peoples that used to inhabit them. When you get past the distance of day hikers or scramble up into some side canyons you quickly forget you are living in 2017. Probably the most spectacular experience in Grand Gulch is being able to visit some of the most well preserved archaeological sites in North America. While not as grand or reinforced as Chaco Canyon or Canyon De Chelly, to be able to wander around these ancient sites with almost always no one else there made the experience particularly special. It was easy to see why the canyons of Grand Gulch were so attractive to the ancient peoples of the region.
Grand Gulch boasts some of the most well preserved archeological sites in North America. James O'Connell
Hiking in the canyons can be a little disorienting because there aren’t the familiar landmarks as there are hiking outside of canyons. Also much of the time hiking was spent doing some light scrambling. The scrambling led to a small injury with my hiking partner. A piece of a rock shelf gave underneath her and left her with a cut. I would have to say that the AMK Ultralight Frst Aid Kit had to be my favorite piece of gear we brought on the trip. I was happy to have remembered that I had lost my first aid kit on my last backpacking trip and bought a new one before we left. After a few minutes of cleaning and bandaging we were on the trail again.
The golden fall colors of the trees against the red backdrop of the canyon walls is spectacular. James O'Connell
I would definitely recommend hiking in fall. I didn’t expect that so many trees would be turning colors and the red and yellow leaves became even more beautiful when against the orange and red walls of the canyons. Also the temperatures were great. Never getting hotter than 75 it was perfect hiking weather. The nights were a little chilly dropping down into the 30s but we were able to keep warm in the Big Agnes Fly Creek 2. I definitely want to come back and explore more of the area. Take even more time and hike further into the canyons even taking some to hike through many of the side canyons.
James O'Connell, A16 West Los Angeles Sales Associate
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