Stevens Arch is highlighted by afternoon sun in this view of the eastern end of Coyote Gulch from the ledge below Crack-in-the-Wall. Below the arch, trees and shrubs line the Escalante River, and the Coyote Gulch confluence is just downstream from the arch. This viewpoint at Crack-in-the-Wall is two miles from the Fortymile Ridge trailhead, and the spot where packs must be lowered 40 feet by rope to a ledge while hikers must squeeze through a tiny slot to reach the same ledge. We had planned to camp on the slickrock mesa above Crack-in-the-Wall to await sunrise, but high winds filled with sand and dust drove us down to the ledge for a bit of shelter from the wind. Of course, there was no real escape: by morning, everything -- ears, eyes, sleeping bag, tent -- was coated with dust and sand.
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