Five Mile Wash
Five Mile Wash is one of the many canyons that drain the east side of the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park, part of a group of 7 that have recognized hiking routes along at least part of the way, the others being Capitol Gorge, Pleasant Creek, Burro Wash, Cottonwood Wash, Sheets Gulch and Oak Creek. From the edge of the reef, Five Mile Wash deepens and narrows steadily but a deep pool and dryfalls quite early on stops easy progress up the canyon which instead can be followed high above at rim level - a hike which has quite spectacular views over the surrounding domed summits, the eastern plateau beneath the Henry Mountains and of the canyon itself, with many pools and narrow sections.
The wash is 11 miles south of UT 24 along the Notom-Bullfrog road and is identified by a sign, as are all other major streams that cross this route.
For more information, please contact:
Henry Mountains Field Station
380 South 100 West
Hanksville, Utah 84734