This route leads five miles one way to an overlook of the Green and Colorado Rivers. It crosses a variety of terrain including sandy canyon bottoms, slickrock and grass-covered pasture lands. There is very little shade along this route so beginning this hike in the early morning or late afternoon is recommended. Although the elevation gain and loss is not significant on this hike the length and exposure can make it a strenuous endeavor.
Begin this hike from the Dollhouse Trailhead between Dollhouse Camp number three and Dollhouse Camp number two. The track leads northward from the trailhead traversing the mesa top above Spanish Bottom. Approximately one mile from the trailhead the track passes Beehive Arch.
Beyond this arch the trail turns eastward making a long arc toward the confluence overlook. Approximately two and a half miles from the trailhead the trail crosses a drainage that leads into Spanish Bottom. In another mile the trail reaches a junction with a track leading south from Water Canyon. At this junction bear right, beginning a loop that leads to the overlook. The confluence overlook is approximately one half mile from this junction. On the return from the loop bear left at the junction to return to the trailhead.
Directions: From Hans Flat Visitor Center, Drive eastward on the entrance road to a junction. Turn right and follow this four-wheel drive road southward. In 2.5 miles you'll reach another junction, bear right and continue driving southward. Approximately one mile north of Flint Trail is the Flint Seep Camp. Continue past this to a junction where you'll bear left and ascend the Orange Cliffs. Two and a half miles from the Flint Trail junction you'll reach the next junction. Bear right at this junction and drive 6.5 miles to an intersection. Turn left on to REC Road 756 at this intersection and begin driving northeastward. In 2 miles you'll see the Teapot Camp on the right side of the road and Teapot Rock on the left. Continuing northward you'll pass the eastern terminus of The Golden Stairs Trail on the right approximately 5 miles from Teapot Rock. In the next 7 miles you'll pass the southern trailheads leading into The Maze. At Chimney Rock Camp the road turns southward and leads 5 miles to the Dollhouse. Between Dollhouse Camp #3 and Dollhouse Camp #2 is the trailhead for the Spanish Bottom Trail and Surprise Valley Overlook Trail. (Please take a map, there are several four-wheel drive roads in this area to confuse you.)
Elevation: 5,120 feet
Ending Elevation: 4,880 feet
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