Escalante and the Cosmic Ashtray, UT: 9/27 – 9/30/20

We headed southeast on Hwy 14, north on Hwy 89, and then west Hwy 12 past the entrance road to Bryce National Park, which we visited back in the fall of 2018. There was an off trail hike that Scott was interested in, so we spent a few nights boon docking just outside of Escalante.

We drove an hour from our campground along a dirt road to the trailhead for The Volcano/Cosmic Ashtray. It is a nine-mile out and back off trail offering scenic views and is rated as moderate. There is no shade and while the highest elevation gain is only 974’, the cross country hike is up and down and up and around and back up again. Our total elevation gain on this nine mile hike was 1,453’, and it took us just under six hours. Thankfully, there was a breeze most of the time under beautiful blue skies and temperatures in the mid 70’s.

A very sandy desert beginning
Is he always taking my picture???
Happiness is using line of sight coupled with Gaia APP to navigate the route.
“It’s right over there.”
So who calls this large hole home???
One of only a few cairns to show the way.
Making my way down and around to avoid the steep incline. Are we there yet?
Although I am usually out in front, the lack of trail markers made it impossible for me.
Finally, we are at the top of Cosmic Ashtray.
A still photo of the Ashtray. Zoom in to see the people on the other side.
A view from the other side. This is where you can lower down into the ashtray, but you will need a rope.

We saw a jackrabbit on this hike, but we didn’t get a photo. They are just too quick. This is only the second time that we have seen a jackrabbit during our travels. If you have a chance to visit Escalante, you MUST stop at Escalante Outfitters for their pizza. Amazing!! Next stop, Capitol Reef National Park!

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