Toadstools Trail

(nr Church Wells UT)
Within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was a trail called The Toadstools; the trailhead was right off of US-89. It was supposed to have some hoodoos, and other rocks.

Grand Staircase-Escalante

Grand Staircase-Escalante – Toadstools Trail

The first part of the hike went into a canyon and past colorful cliffs. Near the end was where the special rocks appeared. Some climbing was needed to get good views, and to see some not visible from below.

Grand Staircase-Escalante

Bleached Rock Formations

Grand Staircase-Escalante


I followed the trail past the main features into the hills, hoping to find more. But, the rock scrambling and sandy soil only led into a box canyon. Still, there was different scenery which made it worthwhile.

Grand Staircase-Escalante


Grand Staircase-Escalante

Red Rocks

It was a 1.6 mile round trip trail. But, with my wandering around and getting off the main path, it took a bit longer than normal. The terrain was relatively easy, and I got to see some interesting rock formations.

Camp: Grand Staircase-Escalante NMon/Paria River boondock
Scene: Rock formations, trail

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4 Responses to Toadstools Trail

  1. Bradford Harris August 7, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    What cool terrain! I liked the mushroom-like formations. I’ve never asked – do you find the heat challenging while out there hiking? I suppose it is a dry heat at least, but it’s still probably warm. Take care Pleinguy!

    • Pleinguy August 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

      It is a dry heat, which does help. However, I try to do the hikes in cooler seasons and during the cool part of the day. This one was done in early June and before lunchtime. Wearing light clothing and a wide brim hat also helps. And of course, taking plenty of water to keep hydrated.

  2. Barney Ward August 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

    Thanks for another great hike posting. I appreciate it.

    • Pleinguy August 7, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

      Glad you’re still following the journey Barney. Bet you’re enjoying the grandkids.

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