WOLF TREE TO BURMA AND BACK: 2.8 MILES Total FROM THE WELCOME CENTER
Head away from the crowds, maybe spot a great blue heron on a river rock and golden eagles that nest in the Monument area, then head up to the edge of park and BLM land for some views of the Gorge area.
From the Welcome Center, go to the Overlook and descend the paved trail, then bear to the right to go down the short, but steep scree Chute Trail.
Alternate route down: take the left fork down the more gradual gravel Canyon Trail and follow it around until it meets at the bottom of the Chute Trail, adding 500 more feet to your trip.
After crossing the bridge, take a right along the river on to the easy Wolf Tree Trail, connecting at the junction to the uphill climb of the steep Burma Road Trail. Turnaround at the top of the road summit and descend back down the scree road to the Wolf Tree Trail and once again to the bridge.
Then it's just the final push back up either the Canyon or the Chute Trail to the Overlook and back to the Welcome Center. Want more? See the TIPS below.
TIP: DO THE STUDENT WALL GORGE VIEW
At the Wolf Tree Trail/Burma Road First Junction: Go left from the Wolf Tree Trail on the Burma Road trail toward the Student Wall sign. Continue along the ridge for great views of the river gorge rock walls, boulder fields and thundering river below.
TIP: EXPLORE THE MARSUPIALS
At the Wolf Tree Trail/Burma Road Second Junction: Go left from the Wolf Tree Trail on the Burma Road and go right toward the rock formations called The Marsupials by the climbing areas of Koala Rock and Brogan Spire.
TIP: SHUTTLE BACK FROM SKULL HOLLOW
At the Burma Road Summit Junction: Go right to get on the Gray Butte Trail for another 4.75 miles to Skull Hollow Campground and shuttle back to the park.
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