You never know what the flow of the Wahweap Wash will be like until you get there but most times it will look like this.
If the water is moving rapidly or the soft prehistoric muck is wet this area can be impassible. I strongly encourage that if you attempt this adventure please do not take any unnecessary chances with getting stuck or injured. The local authorities do maintain this County Road a couple times a year but if the wash has been flowing it will cut into the route deeply.
If the pass is clear you will eventually be rewarded with a fantastic elevated view of Lake Powell.
I will leave the rest of the navigation up to you. The Google Map may not include all of the jeep trails. I have a U.S. Geological Survey topographic map (USGS Topo) that I purchased at Glen Canyon Dam Visitor’s Center that I used to learn the area.
Alstrom Point understandably attracts photographers and you can see why. It is one of the most dramatic vistas that can be reached within a few hours drive of Page, AZ.
Although I would typically prefer to be alone in my exploration of Alstrom Point, this couple of photographers made for a wonderful subject and helps illustrate the scale. After they took their sunset photographs they made their way out of the area and left us to our camping in isolation.
If your explorations of Lake Powell are on land and you’re the adventurous type there is the most amazing place to surround yourself with the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Alstrom Point can be reached carefully by car in the right conditions, often by a vehicle with sufficient ground clearance, usually by 4×4 or offroad vehicle, and sometimes not at all — some sections of the road are impassible when wet, raining or when the Pariah river is deep. Yes, there is a river crossing.
From there you are climbing up to the rim of the Glen Canyon, passing through some old cattle roads, a grave or two, scrambling over rock-strewn slickrock, bogging down in drifting sand and eventually out over Lake Powell.
I’ve spent so much time at this place that I will definitely have to dedicate quite a few posts to it. Let’s start with some photographs to give you an idea of the kinds of views you can experience from this very special place.
One calm morning after camping on Alstrom Point I was treated to some glass-smooth water and a chance to take some atypical photos. The almost aerial perspective and reflections made for an abstract image that I really like. The water is so smooth that you can see the reflection of clouds overhead.
Here’s another slightly abstract landscape: what appears to be a small kidney floating in a sea of blue is likely the top of a massive rock formation.
Looking across Padre Bay to Gunsight Butte, named for its resemblance of a rifle barrel and end sight, across Gunsight Bay and off to Navajo Mountain.