What is a toadstool? In the world of biology, it’s a stool for toads.
The Grand Staircase is composed of five geologic periods covering 6,000 vertical feet, ascending from the top of the Grand Canyon (250 million years old) to Bryce Canyon (50 million years old). Each period is subdivided further. According to the American Southwest website regarding the Paria area of GSENM, “all the formations are composed of Entrada sandstone, specifically the red and white Gunsight Butte member, while the flat lands in front of the hoodoos are the top of the Carmel formation, and the highest layers of the cliffs behind are from the Dakota formation.”
Date(s) Hiked: March 31, 2016
Road Trip Day(s) #41 out of 88
- The Toadstools Trailhead is on Highway 89 so no special vehicle or skills needed to access the trail.
- Stop by one of the BLM Visitor Centers to obtain the latest information on trail conditions, etc. They had handouts on specific areas including rudimentary maps. I haven’t found a good topo map yet. The National Geographic Canyons of the Escalante and Paria Canyon maps both exclude this small section.
- Permits are required in many areas, some for day use, everywhere for backcountry overnight trips.
- Many roads require 4×4 or high clearance 4×4. Know before you go.
- Beware of flash floods in the washes and heavy rains making dirt roads hazardous. Watch the weather!
- Walk gingerly. Avoid cyptobiotic soil crusts which are fragile with lengthy recovery time. Climbing on and around the sandstone features leave long-lasting impressions. Please practice LNT.
- Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM)
- GSENM – The Toadstools
- GSENM – Geology
- GSENM – Visitor Centers
- GSENM – Camping
- GSENM – Permits