Buckskin Gulch Trail is a 16 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kanab, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
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Magical journey through the Southwest's longest slot canyon, Buckskin Gulch.
Did the 40 mile Buckskin Gulch to Paria/Colorado Confluence hike in June 2005. Camping near the cliff side springs each night was great, but we couldn't find a spring on the last night so we had to let the muddy Paria water settle in our cookware overnight before filtering. 40 miles of in-stream hiking is hard, but it was one of the biggest highlights of my late teen years.
Start at wire pass and headed south at buckskin gultch. Went until our feet were frozen. Beautiful hike. Would be perfect in the heat of summer. We went in October.
This is such a beautiful canyon. Everything you'd expect from Utah and more! Going through the cess pools was interesting, but you'll get over it after about 20 of em ;)
Awesome slot canyon! May be problematic after a good rain. Don't do it if rain is in the forecast! lol!
Into buckskin at wire pass, camp at the confluence of Paria and Buckskin and out Paria! Pure Joy with lots of solitude
Just amazing. Took wire pass trail and turned right on to buckskin for another 2 miles. Wanted to go further and I plan to be back.
Hiked this from the Buckskin Trail Head to where the Wire Pass Trail joins. Exited at Wire Pass Trail head. The first part of the hike follow the river with frequent crossings so hiking sandals are a plus. After a while you start hiking in the river. Then the canyon narrows and become a slot canyon for many miles with only a couple of entrance/exits. Wire Pass is the first exit which is the one we took. Ankle deep water was so cold in February that I wished that I hadn't forgotten my neoprene booties. Want able to hitch a ride back to the car at Buckskin Gulch from some kind photographers.
Be careful! We hiked the trail from the Wire Pass trailhead to just short of the Paria River confluence where we hiked out cross-country back to the trailhead via the edge of the Wave where we hit the return trail. The round-trip route was 22 miles per Google Earth and it took us 11 hours. The mud and water in the Gulch was chest deep in many places - we hiked it in late July just after some recent rains and there were no people in sight anywhere except at the trailhead. There are very few places to get out of the Gulch safely and long stretches where there is no escape from a flash flood, so be sure you check the weather before going in. The Gulch is amazing and beautiful and a must do for anyone who thinks they have done it all. The hike cross-country on the return is mostly sage-covered sand with some slick rock - not easy.
Definitely great for adventurous running; we had a Dutch guest stay at our B&B here in Kanab who said Buckskin/Paria were her absolute favorite running routes for training before the Grand2Grand UltraMarathon!
Is it possible to run the trail, and can we do it at self. We come from Denmark for running trails.