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The trek to Hamburger Rocks can be made from the north or the south through Halls Creek Canyon. Overnight use of this canyon requires a backcountry permit available at the Visitor Center.

Hamburger Rocks are hoodoos so named because of their oval shape. The rocks are dark red and supported by short pedestals of light sandstone. There are no marked or maintained trails leading to Hamburger rocks so individuals must hike cross country to them from Halls Creek. Access to Hamburger Rocks can be gained from Halls Overlook, south, and The Post, north. Water usually can not be found in Halls Creek during the summer months. Hikers should check current conditions and obtain a backcountry permit at the Visitor Center before attempting the trek to Hamburger Rocks.

The following description of the hike to Hamburger Rocks was written by Park Service personnel. It details access from the north and the south. Halls Creek Overlook provides the best access to Hamburger Rocks. From this spectacular viewpoint, a steep trail descends 800 feet into Halls Creek
Canyon. The next three miles of the route is unmarked but not difficult to follow; walk northward through the canyon, following the wash bottom. In approximately two miles, Hamburger Rocks will be visible low on the Waterpocket Fold on the western (left) side of Halls Creek. Stay in the wash until the rocks are directly above you, then ascend the Fold (less than a quarter mile) to them. On USGS topographic maps, Hamburger Rocks are located just south of the Muley Tanks, which are marked. Return to your vehicle via the same route for a total round trip of nine miles.

From The Post, follow Halls Creek Canyon southward. You will pass the narrow cut into Lower Muley Twist Canyon after five miles. Hamburger Rocks are approximately one mile beyond this point. A sign marks the Muley Tanks on the western (right) edge of the canyon at the base of the Fold. Hamburger Rocks are located low on the Fold just beyond (south of) this point. Return via the same route for a total round trip of twelve miles. On either route, sections of Halls Creek Canyon and its meanders can be
bypassed by following an old jeep road.

Directions: From Highway 24, The Post Access: Drive 38 miles southward on the Notom-Bullfrog Road to The Post. Follow The Post Road 1 mile to roads end and the trailhead. The Post is located three miles south of the Notom-Bullfrog Road and Burr Trail Road junction.

Elevation: 5,200 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

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