8 hours, 9 mi, 900 yd in altidude -. and that in full sun (85°F in the shade, but there is no shade). A steep climb of 150 yd in deep sand - we survived it very narrowly! The GPS data are in the Exif - except for the panorama. The acoustics in the Golden Cathedral (end of the canyon) is comparable to the Cologne Cathedral!
Overview from trailhead
On the way there
Escalante River near the Neon-Canyon.
We wade through the Escalante River
End of the canyon - The Golden Cathedral
In the Neon-Canyon
Sung by Karin in the Golden Cathedral at the end of the Neon Canyon
The Golden Cathedral - 360° Panorama
The trailhead "Little Egypt" can only be reached with a HC-4WD. From Escalante Hwy. 12 towards Boulder, after 4 mi turn right onto Hole in the Rock Road. Follow this road about 16 mi south, turn left - sign "Egypt" (GPS-1). Trailhead after 10 mi at GPS-2 - down the hill to GPS-3. Now walk either through Fence Canyon or directly. Fence Canyon starts at GPS-4 - it ends at the Escalante River (GPS-5). From here right about 1.4 km to Neon Canyon, which starts at GPS-6** and ends at GPS-7. Round Trip via Fence Canyon about 8 mi and 850 vertical yard. Round Trip direct way approx. 8 mi and 800 vertical yard. In any case: lots of water are mandatory! ** here also wade the Escalante River.
1. turn HITRR left towards Egypt: N37°32'27,9" - W111°21'42,4" 2. parking & trailhead: N37°35'34.8" - W111°13'06.0" 3. downhill to: N37°35'42.4" - W111°12'41.4" 4. fence canyon starts at: N37°36'14.3" - W111°11'45.6" 5. fence canyon ends at the escalante river at: N37°36'44.0" - W111°10'43.3" 6. neon canyon entrance: N37°36'21.8" - W111°10'06.4" 7. end of Neon Canyon (Golden Cathedral): N37°36'53, "0 - W111°09'45.3"