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  1. AC

    Hey Anne! Are the hikes and slot canyons in Grand Staircase accessible via Page, AZ. Or do you have to drive west, north, and back around (about 4 hours) to access them? Thanks!

  2. Anne Post author

    Hi AC! Taking US-89 and Hwy 12 is the easiest route, and the only one I know of that is paved. A few years back my GPS brought us in from Page (actually, Big Water just over the state line) via the Smoky Mountain Road, which is shorter by far, but also dirt. You can read about that here: However, instead of taking Road 300 (like in the link), we stayed right on Road 230 (see,+UT+84741/Devils+Garden+Parking+Area,+Escalante,+UT/@37.3357168,-111.7824161,10z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x8735189e4c768ad7:0xb7aa4b49e9e858d2!2m2!1d-111.6643335!2d37.0824856!1m5!1m1!1s0x8735c13b1f115255:0x3556c07e70f0b266!2m2!1d-111.4146886!2d37.5857093!5i1), which ended us up on the Hole in the Rock Road just south of Devil’s Garden (you’d have to drive south from Devil’s Garden on the Hole in the Rock Road to get to the Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons anyway). I’m not sure it was any faster than 89/12 (we probably spent 4-5 hours driving it) but it’s very beautiful if you have high clearance / 4×4. Our high clearance van did ok except for one wash where we had to get out, build the road, then push the van up out of the wash. So overall: if you want an adventure and have high clearance / 4×4, go for Smoky Mountain Road; otherwise, take 89/12 and zip up to Bryce Canyon on the way (it’s literally right on the way and absolutely stunning, even without walking any further than the rim!)

  3. Kay

    Are there any times you’d recommend not hiking in the North Cascades? Looking to avoid crowds and snow/ice.

  4. Anne Post author

    Hi Kay – If you want to avoid snow and ice, you’ll have to hike in August or September. For crowds, your best bet may be a weekday in September. Very popular trails like Cascade Pass and the Maple Pass Loop will probably have other visitors throughout the hikeable season. Hope that helps! ~Anne

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