A few years ago Linday, a blog follower from England, wrote and said she and husband Neil would be visiting the U.S. and would be traveling through the same town as us. We took advantage of that opportunity to meet (interestingly it was at Lake Mead). Since then we have crossed paths a number of times as they visit the U.S. often. They recently arrived in Los Angeles, rented a vehicle, and set out on a month trip across the west, mostly through southern Utah. When we found they would be driving through Kanab on their way to Page, AZ, we arranged to meet for a short hike at the Toadstool Hoodoos, about 40 miles east of Kanab on US 89 on the route to Page.
From a parking area on the north side of the highway it is a short walk to the area with the hoodoos.
After a brief but pleasant visit, Lindsay and Neil continued east to Page, while we headed west back to Kanab. We know we will meet them again in future travels.
The next day we drove nine miles east on US-89 and turned north on to Johnson Canyon Road headed for Lick Wash Slot Canyon. After 16 miles the pavement ends and Johnson Canyon Road turns to dirt. At that point we turned right (east) on to Skutumpah Road, a maintained dirt road.
We continued on Skutumpah for 14.8 miles and turned right just past a “Flood Area” sign. The side road ends at the trailhead, less than a mile from the main road.
Lick Wash goes for about four miles to where it empties into Park Wash (when they have water). We went a bit over two miles through a series of slots to where the canyon opens up before turning around and hiking back to the trailhead.
The slot areas we went through were quite beautiful.
Driving back on Skutumpah Road we had to contend with guards blocking our path. After some heated negotiations with the leader, we were allowed to continue.
Next up for us here in Kanab is a visit to some Indian artwork. More on that later . . .