This interesting Lake Powell hike visits an awe-inspiring alcove and spring in one of the more popular areas of the lake. The route follows a canyon that is subject to changing conditions as the reservoir fluctuates. There is no marked trail however navigation is easy once you begin hiking. This hike is suitable for most children and adults in good physical condition.
Iceberg Canyon is a Lake Powell-accessed hike that typically requires a boat to access. Whether you own or rent a boat, it is important that you have the skills and equipment to navigate and anchor your boat safely and properly before attempting this hike. If you do not have access to a boat, a shuttle may be available from the nearest marina. Check the Glen Canyon National Recreation area website for more information.
To reach Iceberg Canyon from Bullfrog Marina:
- Drive your boat south on the main channel from Bullfrog Marina for approximately 20.8 miles to the mouth of Iceberg Canyon (37.330959,-110.766134).
- Turn left (east) into Iceberg Canyon.
- Continue up Iceberg Canyon 3.1 miles to the final (3rd) right hand fork in the canyon (37.299899, -110.734821). At extremely low reservoir levels, you may need to begin hiking before this junction.
- Turn right and continue up the canyon to the end of the reservoir.
Availability of good anchorage locations varies depending on water level. Find a suitable place to secure your boat before beginning the hike.
Begin hiking south up the canyon away from the lake. Depending on the level of the reservoir, a section of narrows, roughly 100 feet long, is soon encountered. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try to climb up through them, or simply hike around them on the right. Just beyond the narrows, a small arch can be seen in a low overhang on the right (west) canyon wall.
Continue hiking past the arch in the dry, sandy watercourse. The canyon becomes more interesting as you approach the high water mark of Lake Powell, as it cuts through several layers of colorful sandstone. Soon a small side canyon is encountered on the left. If you’re looking for a longer hike, you can explore up this short fork and find a small spring and an abundance of lush vegetation.
Keep hiking up the main canyon. Soon water begins to flow and a variety of trees, cattails and other lush foliage appear. Make your way through the verdant canyon bottom to the end of the hike, which terminates under a large alcove. This impressive feature has a nearly flat, stone floor, surrounded by hanging gardens and dripping springs. The scale and beauty of this place is breathtaking, so plan some time to just sit and take it all in. When you’re ready, simply return the way you came. Total round trip hiking distance varies depending on the water level of Lake Powell, but it is typically 1.5-2.5 miles round-trip.
- Dogs must be on leash.
- Clean up after pets.
- No littering.
- Do not carve or draw on rocks.
- This area can be extremely hot during spring, summer and fall. Carry plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing.
- Do not enter narrow canyons when significant precipitation is in the forecast. Flash floods can strike quickly and without warning.
This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.