Photos from hike into Buckskin Gulch via the Middle Route, UT

The Middle Route is a sparsely-marked trail which follows an ancient Indian route down into (and actually across) Buckskin Gulch about 6 miles above its confluence with the Pariah River. To access the trailhead, follow the Long Canyon road SW from Hwy 89 just E of the Pariah River, then take two lefts and a right, following the main road. 4WD needed for a couple of wash crossings. The route involves scrambling on sandy ledges with some exposure, so it definitely isn't a casual hike. In addition the Gulch itself is prone to serious flash floods between June and October. When we hiked it in March, we were able to walk down the gulch about 3 miles from our access point without getting our feet wet, at which point we encountered waist-deep ice-cold water and turned around. We also explored a short distance upstream.
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