“Utah Saints worth hiking for”
Groves of capped white columns are located near Big Water at the edge of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The cap of the hoodoo is Dakota Sandstone which was a beach of an incoming seaway. It is 100 million years old, and the post of the hoodoos is Entrada Sandstone that is 160 million years old. There should be a layer of Morrison Sandstone but for some reason it wasn't laid down and isn't present. This is why there is such a large gap in the age of the cap and post . Near the Wahweap Hoodoos you can take a short walk to the darker side where brown "toadstools" make an appearance just off the highway at the Rimrocks.
Check in at the Grand Staircase-Escalante Visitor Center in Big Water to check conditions and directions before starting.
I was lucky to hike to the hoodoos on a dry river bed, albeit uneven, but shortly before that the river had flooded wiping out all the trailhead signs.
Well worth the effort though, particularly if you go early morning and get the sun still on the hoodoos and not over the ridge as it will be in the afternoons.
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