The San Rafael Swell is a seemingly endless expanse of slickrock, reefs, rivers, narrow canyons, mesas, towers, and pinnacles. It is the wilderness home of coyotes, eagles, mountain lions, and bighorn sheep. Steve Allen's Canyoneering: The San Rafael Swell has long been the standard for exploring this remarkable area. With the input of fellow guidebook author Joe Mitchell, Canyoneering the Northern San Rafael Swell replaces part of the previous volume with a completely rewritten and updated text containing more detail, greater accuracy, and a tighter focus on the northern half of the Swell.
This is the most current and comprehensive guide to the region. Designed for wilderness enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels, this guide provides detailed information on 25 hikes, including trip length, difficulty, elevation gain, and water sources. Side trips, points of interest, and historical information are noted throughout the text. This guidebook includes for the first time a wealth of topographic maps for all routes and roads, elevation profiles, and GPS coordinates. A second volume covering the southern portion of the San Rafael Swell is in preparation.
Steve Allen started hiking the San Rafael Swell in 1972. He has guided many trips for the Telluride Guide and Mountaineering School, Colorado State University Mountaineering Club, and the Sierra Club. He is also the author of" Canyoneering 2: Technical Loop Hikes in Southern Utah"(The University of Utah Press, 1995)and "Canyoneering 3: Loop Hikes in Utah s Escalante "(The University of Utah Press, 1997). Joe Mitchell has been exploring wild places on foot since childhood. A fly fishing guide by trade, he is passionate about introducing others to the meaningful experiences that only the wilderness can provide. He is also the coauthor of "The Hayduke Trail: A Guide to the Backcountry Hiking Trail on the Colorado Plateau "(The University of Utah Press, 2005)."