Circle of Friends:
Red Breaks Canyon
Big West Fork
Escalante National Monument
The Big West Fork of Red Breaks is an amazing slot canyon accessible to
all physically fit hikers. This is without doubt the best slot canyon in
the Red Breaks drainage. This is a great
canyon for those with good backcountry skills that do not want a
Breaks Big West Fork
is part of the "Circle of Friends"
program. Members of the "Circle of Friends"
have access to more specific information, explicit route information, GPS waypoints,
trailhead location and detailed maps. If
you would like more information on joining the "Circle of
Friends" visit the sign up page.
"Circle of Friends"
are several slot canyon routes in the Red Breaks area, many of them
requiring miles of tedious hiking in very soft sand. The Big West Fork of
Red Breaks is the best slot canyon of them all and this route describes how
to access it in the easiest way possible.
The Big West Fork of Red
Breaks requires no technical gear and is accessible to all experienced and
physically fit hikers. The route described is rated 2AII using the Canyon
A GPS is
helpful in identifying waypoints and verifying your location. Good map
reading skills are essential. All
waypoints and maps for this route use WGS84 datum. Navigation for this route
is moderate. There is no hiker trail for this route, but mistakes in
navigation are easy to overcome and correct on this route.
This canyon has moderate
flashflood danger, a clear view of any approaching weather is easily visible
before committing to this slot canyon.
The trailhead is usually accessible to carefully
driven passenger cars in normal weather conditions. A vehicle shuttle is not
required to complete this route. There is reasonable primitive camping in
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