Wahweap Hoodoos, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Towers of Silence 


Hike Details

It’s an 8 or 9 Mile Out and Back Hike to the Wahweap Hoodoos. 4-weel drive vehicles can get a little closer.

The best light is just before sunrise and an hour or so after sunrise.

The elevation gain is minimal, about 400 feet spread out over miles. Getting to the trailhead early enough in the morning then hiking in to be there at the right time is the main difficulty.

Summers are hot. The hike is best in Spring or Autumn. In the winter, there is no direct light on the hoodoos but the light is soft and nice.

Image Details

I took a number of images just before and after sunrise.

The lead image is just before sunrise. The caps are of a harder sandstone than the white entrada sandstone that is eroding away much faster.

The lead image was F16 for 1/60 of a second at ISO 1250 with a Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens on a  EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera.

I do not normally shoot at that ISO in the daytime but we were there very early and things were dim.

Additional Images

That images was just after sunrise. The color is much warmer in tone. Notice a little bird landed on top of the hoodoo.

Equipment List

Those interested in my equipment and recommendations can find it here: Mish’s Equipment List.

There are many shorter but as interesting hoodoos and toadstools that I will cover in a second post.

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4 thoughts on “Wahweap Hoodoos, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

  1. Wow ! You find the shot and then you execute ! Great job as always ! Thank You fir sharing your gift Mish

  2. Stunningly amazing how you get these shots!!! What an eye you have for beauty. Thanks Mike for sharing and keeping us all intrigued how beautiful this desert can be.

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