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Scorpion Gulch approach

A new canyon to us in the Escalante area of southern Utah. We drove to the Early Weed Traihead and hiked across the 'Scorpion Flat' plateau to descend down a sand dune into Scorpion Gulch. We overnighted at the Escalante River but got hit by 12 hours of rain which blocked our progress a little as the Escalante swole in volume and was uncrossable. We then retreated back the way we came. Another great canyon though and the plateau above was a surprise joy to hike with fresh pools of water and clear expansive views.
Early Weed Trailhead looking east to the Henry Mountains
Early Weed Trailhead looking east to the Henry Mountains
A small arch was used as a navigation point in the fairly featureless plateau
A small arch was used as a navigation point in the fairly featureless plateau
Pack rat midden under the arch
Pack rat midden under the arch
Arch
Arch
The Scorpion Flat plateau made for a fine hike
The Scorpion Flat plateau made for a fine hike
Pools on the plateau
Pools on the plateau
The way into Scorpion Gulch is down a huge sand dune
The way into Scorpion Gulch is down a huge sand dune
Descent into Scorpion Gulch
Descent into Scorpion Gulch
Upper Scorpion is dry, sandy and easy hiking
Upper Scorpion is dry, sandy and easy hiking
Upper Scorpion
Upper Scorpion
Ravens rule the canyons
Ravens rule the canyons
Another huge sand dune further down the Gulch
Another huge sand dune further down the Gulch
Pools formed on the slick rock canyon floor
Pools formed on the slick rock canyon floor
The lower section of Scorpion is lush and involves some poison ivy bushwacking
The lower section of Scorpion is lush and involves some poison ivy bushwacking
An obstacle in lower Scorpion- we did an awkward scramble to get round here
An obstacle in lower Scorpion- we did an awkward scramble to get round here
Oct 2018 Utah - Escalante river camp after 12 hours of rain
Oct 2018 Utah - Escalante river camp after 12 hours of rain
Swollen Escalante river after the rains
Swollen Escalante river after the rains
Swollen Escalante river after the rains
Swollen Escalante river after the rains
Climbing out in Scorpion round the tricky obstacle
Climbing out in Scorpion round the tricky obstacle
The sun came out - time for a drying session!
The sun came out - time for a drying session!
Hiking back up Scorpion after the rains
Hiking back up Scorpion after the rains
Scorpion cottonwoods
Scorpion cottonwoods
Upper Scorpion
Upper Scorpion
Datura
Datura
Upper Scorpion
Upper Scorpion
We love Scorpion!
We love Scorpion!
Unusual sight of cactus in water!
Unusual sight of cactus in water!
Back at the arch
Back at the arch
Oct 2018 Utah - Above Scorpion Canyon -Camp by the arch on the way out
Oct 2018 Utah - Above Scorpion Canyon -Camp by the arch on the way out
Wonderful breakfast spot!
Wonderful breakfast spot!
We saw 2 or 3 balloons littering the plateau
We saw 2 or 3 balloons littering the plateau
Above Brimstone Gulch
Above Brimstone Gulch
Back at the trailhead!
Back at the trailhead!