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Fri, Aug 13


Craters of The Moon

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM) in Utah

The fires raging in NE Oregon and Central OR coupled with the complete shut-down on the Umatilla National Forest for recreational use has forced us to cancel the OAS2021 trip. Instead, we are offering the following trip, during the same dates - August 13-22 2021 Grand Staircase Escalante National

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Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM) in Utah
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM) in Utah

Time & Location

Aug 13, 2021, 3:00 PM – Aug 22, 2021, 11:00 PM

Craters of The Moon, Idaho, USA

About the event

August 13 Washington to Craters of the Moon, ID to disperse camp together at Echo Crater that evening

43.39483, -113.51154

August 14 Drive down to Kodachrome Basin State Park  - meet at 6PM or later- disperse camp or stay in camp ground (first come first served)

37.53021, -111.99140

August 15-20 explore the Escalante/Grand Staircase/Bryce Canyon loops (see GPX below)

August 21,22 return home to WA

GPX tracks for the trip - see attachments below, import them into Gaia (or whatever you use for navigations) and take a look


Seattle to Craters of the Moon (COM), Idaho 671 miles 9 hrs and 41 mins

COM to SLC Airport 266 miles, 4 hours

Seattle to Salt Lake City 11h45m 844 mile

SLC to Escalante UT 4.5 hours 278 miles

SLC to Kodachrome Basin CG 4.5 hours, 290 miles


1. It is going to be hot - historical temps for mid August at in the low 100s on the valley floor. Our trip is largely above the 4000ft line, so should be cooler in the low 90s. - bring an awning and lot of water

2. Back-country camping permits are 'required' but are free, and are merely a form that needs to be filled out. We can sort this out when we are down there. We will try to camp 'dispersed' in interesting locations each night.

3. 'Tread Lightly' outdoor principles apply in the GSENM area - read up on what this entails and decide for yourself how you want to dispose of human waste during this trip.

4. A high-clearance 4WD vehicle with recovery points, good quality tires with a full-sized spare, recovery gear and 5 gallons of extra fuel is required. Capacity to carry 10 gallons of water is mandatory for this trip.

5. Comms will be 146.460. If you are unlicensed, you can still monitor the station.

6. Dogs are allowed in most of GSENM and the surrounding areas, but if we decide to visit Bryce Canyon National Park, dogs are not allowed there.

Let me know if you have any questions !




Scott Sattler - Trip Leader

Brandon Schmitz

Paul Smith

Earl Pluard

Damien Hooper

Jim Knable

Roland Miezianko

Chris Schenk

Randy Yaple

Sean DeBruler


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