Egypt 1 is an awesome slot canyon. Its very beginner-friendly and big-group-friendly. As with the other Egypt slots, the entrance is just a few feet from the road. Egypt 1 is very scenic with layered, sculpted sandstone walls. It has up to 4 rappels. Canyon Rating: 3A. Time: 2-3 hours. Length: 1.6 miles round trip. Longest Rappel: 30 ft. The Golden Cathedral is a unique hiking destination within lower Neon Canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante area. The Cathedral is locates just over 3/4 of a mile up Neon Canyon from its confluence at the Escalante River, and consists of a great, domed pour-off from upper Neon Canyon, where the water has dug three separate pothole arches into the overhang.
If you like dramatic light beaming down through sandstone and landing in a pool, this will blow your mind.
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Trail Head: 37.54113, -111.361753
Length: 9.2 miles roundtrip
The Golden Cathedral is a unique hiking destination within lower Neon Canyon in the Grand Staircase-Escalante area. The Cathedral is locates just over 3/4 of a mile up Neon Canyon from its confluence at the Escalante River, and consists of a great, domed pour-off from upper Neon Canyon, where the water has dug three separate pothole arches into the overhang. When the sun is overhead, the daylight shines down through the arches in great, golden columns.
Getting to the Golden Cathedral is tricky, and requires a good measure of navigational skill. This hike does not take visitors the entire length of Neon Canyon—that trip is technical and strenuous, though very much worth the effort. This trip will only take visitors into the lower canyon, below the pour-off.
The trailhead is located on the overlook in the Egypt area, off of the Hole-in-the-Rock Road. The road leaves the Hole-in-the-Rock Road and heads east before swinging up toward the north and overlooking the cliffs of Egypt.
There is a small turnoff from the Egypt Road that heads southeast to a parking area and turnaround. This serves as the trailhead for Neon Canyon.
Fence Canyon-Escalante River Confluence
Leaving the parking area, hikers will begin to descend the cliffs of Egypt, and immediately below the parking area, they will enter the wash that deepens into Fence Canyon as it drops into the Escalante River to the east.
Neon Canyon-Escalante River Confluence
Neon Canyon empties into the Escalante River only one mile south of Fence Canyon, coming down from the northeast.
Neon Canyon is a beautiful and amazingly colorful canyon—hence the name. The trip would be worth it even without the Golden Cathedral, though it is without a doubt the main attraction. The pool below the domed pour-off can be deep enough to swim during seasons of high precipitation. Those who wish to do the entire—technical—Neon Canyon route will need to ascend the Choprock Bench that makes up the northern wall of the canyon. Climbing across the bench will allow visitors to bypass the Golden Cathedral pour-off and to drop into upper Neon Canyon in order to climb and rappel down.
I soloed Egypt 3 on Saturday, March 10th, 2012. It was one of the best hikes I’ve ever done.
I had never ventured out to the Egypts before Saturday and was hoping for some peace and quiet. Boy, did I chose the right place. I had the Egypts entirely to myself. I didn’t hear a sound from any human on this hike, no airplanes overhead, no cars passing by. For me, it was a unique and refreshing experience.
Egypt 3 is a fantastic canyon with two distinct halves. The top half contains chutes, slides and a large pothole. The walls are stunning and the obstacles are fun.
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The bottom half is dark, narrow and sinister. The walls are rough and passage is slow and hard earned. The width of my hand is 9 inches from my thumb to the end of my small finger. I could nearly span my hand the width of the canyon along much of the lower slot. I estimate the minimum width of the canyon at 10 ½ inches.
The Egypt area is pristine. There are many balanced rocks that would be easy to topple, there are many sandstone fins that would be easy to crush. If you head out there, tread lightly.
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Currently conditions are ideal for hiking in the Escalante area. The high temperature on Saturday was around 60, the low was around 30. The entire canyon was dry except for one pothole that contained a bucketful of water.
Free advice: If you decide to visit this canyon, wear long sleeves, long pants, gloves, knee pads and elbow pads. You will be glad you did. Don't do this hike mid-summer. The hike back to your vehicle is up a southern facing slope that is completely exposed to the sun. Mid day temps of 60 degrees are just right, 80 degrees would be nasty, 100+ degrees could be lethal.
Click here for a short video of Egypt 3. Sorry about the shaky footage.
Looking straight down onto twisting slide
Large pothole with a slide in the background.
Another larger slide, about 20 feet long. People can upclimb this??
I came across a rope ladder about a third of the way down canyon.
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Was it left for those that choose to ascend Egypt 3?
I would argue that you're missing the best part of the canyon if you skip the top section.
Lower Egypt 3
Egypt 3 Slot Canyon Map South Rim
My half full pack lodged easily between the canyon walls.
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Egypt 3 Slot Canyon Route Map
After the hike, I drove down to Hole in the Rock for an awesome sunset and a celebratory beverage.