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Fence Canyon to 25-Mile Wash Loop
(Escalante River Drainage, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument)
On these three pages, you'll find an in-depth spread of pictures and a cool interactive satellite-photo track-map covering our fun 2-day backpacking (and wading) trip in the Escalante. If you liked what you saw of the Escalante backpack in the main narrative, then spend a few minutes looking at all of the extra images contained here. Extra images of our Escalante backpack that were not in the main narrative are indicated by a color around the image.

Please note: this page isn't part of the main trip report. If you are interested in the full narrative of our Escalante Backpack, then you should go to page 8 in the main story narrative. Once you've finished with the narrative, you may then wish to come back to this section to look at all of the extra pictures (and the maps) of the backpack that I couldn't fit into the main narrative.
Checking the Gauge
Apparently some folks are still unhappy with the formation of the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument! Either that or this is just your typical I-gotta-shoot-at-that-sign sorta thing. [enlarge]
Heading off from Egypt
Our group heads off from the Egypt Trailhead, bound for the Escalante River. [enlarge]
Swirly Slickrock
Pretty cross-bedded Navaho Sandstone on the way down frmo the Egypt Trailhead. [enlarge]
Fence Canyon
Looking down lower Fence Canyon. The canyon ends where it meets the Escalante, at which point we'll be turning right and following the Escalante downriver. [enlarge]
Fence Canyon
A view of the lower part of one of the forks of Fence Canyon. [enlarge]
Descent to Fence
Descending slopes into Fence Canyon. [enlarge]
Descending into Fence
Descending down into Fence Canyon. [enlarge]
In Fence Canyon
Hiking in Fence canyon near its confluence with the Escalante. [enlarge]
Finishing our first wade
Finishing our first of many wades on the Escalante. Taken just downstream of where Fence Canyon meets the Escalante. [enlarge]
Massively Exposed
An incredibly exposed section of Cottonwood tree roots in the Escalante river's floodplain. [enlarge]
The Escalante River
A view of the Escalante River not far upstream from Neon Canyon. [enlarge]
Sandy Escalante Hiking
Hiking down sandy section in the Escalante River floodplain. [enlarge]
Neon Canyon
This is the mouth of Neon Canyon. [enlarge]
Dune in Neon
A clean, pretty sand dune in lower Neon Canyon. [enlarge]
Undercuts in Neon
An undercut corner in Neon Canyon. [enlarge]
Lush Cottonwood in Neon
A beautiful lush Cottonwood tree in lower Neon Canyon. [enlarge]
Wading the Escalante
It was cold, fun and refreshing to wade down sections of the Escalante (and necessary in many places). [enlarge]
Cutting a bend
Bypassing a large bend in the river by cutting across. [enlarge]
Tricky in spots
The damaged and trashed vegetation makes it difficult at times to transition from land to water. [enlarge]
Big alcoves
Big alcoves above the Escalante River. [enlarge]
Storm Aftermath
October of 2006's massive storm and flood have left many tangled fields of debris just like this. [enlarge]
Another stream crossing
Luke and Ewart ford the Escalante. [enlarge]
Ringtail Canyon
The entrance to the very dark Ringtail slot in Ringtail Canyon. [enlarge]
Entering Ringtail slot
Sophie guides Ewart to the entrance of Ringtail slot. [enlarge]
Into the darkness
Ringtail is one of the darkest slot canyons in the Escalante. [enlarge]
Ewart charges ahead
Ewart explores the dark and wet depths of Ringtail. Unfortunately, it is a little too cold even for him! [enlarge]
Triangle of Light
This shot shows just how dark it is in Ringtail slot. [enlarge]
The Man of Blisters stands proudly at the entrance to Ringtail slot. [enlarge]
Pleasant wadings
Wading through the beautiful bends and turns of the Escalante. [enlarge]
Evidence of mayhem
Scattered debris in the tangled aftermath of last October's massive flood. [enlarge]
A straight stretch
Wading down a straight stretch of the Escalante. [enlarge]
Ewart's log
Ewart sends a pet log on a journey down the Escalante. It gets about 50 feet before it gets stuck. [enlarge]
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