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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 3, 2021
Hiking

overall the most fun hike I may have ever done. loved it! I agree with the previous poster that going in reverse direction might be easier. the climb up into Peekaboo was tricky for me (probably a piece of cake for rock climbers though!), and it took me a while to find the rope in spooky. going the reverse direction would have helped with both!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 28, 2021
HikingGreat!

Getting down to the slots can be confusing. Follow the piles of rocks that people have laid out and it will lead you straight to them! In spooky you do have to drop down about 5 feet and then use a rope to get down the rest of the way. Have fun! So pretty and fun

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 25, 2021
HikingGreat!

This was my 1sr slot canyon hike. One of the most amazing hikes ever. Highly recommend. Very narrow at parts.

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Debbie Gustafson reviewed The Volcano / Cosmic Ashtray
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HikingGreat!

Great hike from Harris wash. We drove past the trailhead about 2 miles. The road isn’t too bad if you have a high profile vehicle. Makes the hike a little shorter and better in my opinion. Otherwise, you walk up the road for 2 miles. From there it was an amazing hike and the trail is the perfect amount of climbing and technical for the moderate hiker. My husband and I are 57 and 58 and are pretty active, we really enjoyed it. The hike is beautiful with a lot of amazing landscapes to see as you go. We went to both sides of the dome. Not to difficult to do. It is so much bigger than you image. We highly recommend it. Most dogs would do well with this hike but they cannot go down into the dome. We went today February 20th, 53 degrees and sunny until the storm rolled in. We saw 1 other guy the whole time we were there.

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Meera Parat reviewed The Golden Cathedral Trail
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trailRocky

This is obviously a hidden gem of Utah and it’s an incredibly unique and beautiful hike. But note everything below before you go!! - NEED the offline trail map. Don’t even go if you don’t have this. You’ll literally get lost in the 1+ million acres of deserted rock canyons. There’s no trail to follow (barely any correct cairns) - just walking across rocks and sand. And being an extra phone battery charger if you use your phone for the map. - high clearance vehicle for the rocky, dirt road on the way to the trailhead (about 25 miles). AWD needed if rainy or snowy! Fill up on gas before because you’ll be 50ish miles on remote dirt roads. - Use the Outlandish iPhone app to see trail markers on the dirt road, and help with a map. There are also wild camp spots along the dirt road if you’re interested, and Outlandish will show these spots, too! - good grip hiking boots! You’re scaling many big boulders and will want the grip - at least 5-6 hours (before sunset) to hike this round trip, more if you’ll stop and take breaks. - you’ll have to cross a freezing cold river, knee or waist deep, 1-3 times (one way). So go prepared knowing you’ll have to do this. We took our socks and shoes off and crossed but it was cold as hell (and thus painful). - we went in February, on a luckily sunny day. It was 40s. Dress in layers though because true canyon got cold. And we got lucky there wasn’t rain previously or ice on the rocks. In the summer, it would be so hot and exhausting and you’d need to carry more water.

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Viv Benjamin reviewed The Volcano / Cosmic Ashtray
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 16, 2021
HikingGreat!No shadeOff trail

Hiked 2/15/21 and it’s no longer muddy right now. Easy drive in a 4x4 to the trailhead, followed by a nice dry walk up the trail to the volcano. Had lunch overlooking the cosmic ashtray. We had the whole trail to ourselves all day, didn’t see any other hikers. If you plan to go down into the ashtray pit, definitely don’t go alone unless you’re a very experienced rock climber.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 15, 2021
HikingGreat!Scramble

Absolutely stunning. Hiked this on 2/14/21 and it was perfectly dry. Do not bring a big pack; we had to take off even our small day pack to squeeze through Spooky. Definitely go out of your way to do this hike at an off-peak time to avoid tourists; my partner and I had a particularly unforgettable experience in Spooky completely alone. It was magical.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 15, 2021
Hiking

Fun slots! Spooky is definitely the hardest, very narrow in some sections and one place with a rope and a decent drop... would have been better to go up rather than down (at least for my comfort level).

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 14, 2021
Hiking

Just incredible.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 14, 2021
Hiking

Great hike. A decent amount of scrambling. Dry fork has less scrambling but it’s still very pretty.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 13, 2021
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 9, 2021
HikingScramble

This hike is definitely worth the bumpy drive in! We out and backed part of Dry Forks and Peekaboo since we only had 2 hours, and the short stretch of Peekaboo that we got in was so much fun. If we did this a second time, we'd probably cut out Dry Forks (walking in a wider slot canyon) and just do Peekabo + Spooky (scrambling in narrower slot canyons). You should keep an eye on the AllTrails map and cairns around the right turn/bend in Dry Fork Trail leading into the canyons since the trail sign has fallen off its post. We also parked in the main parking lot and didn't have any issues navigating Hole in the Rock Road with a 2WD sedan in dry conditions. If it snows/rains in the couple weeks before your trip, would recommend checking out NPS's helpful road conditions page: https://www.nps.gov/glca/learn/news/road-conditions.htm.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 9, 2021
HikingGreat!Scramble

Amazing hike! Went on Sunday 2/7 and was completely empty - only saw a couple other people in the park. Spent 4 hours doing this hike because we took so many photos!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 6, 2021
Hiking

just do it!!!

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Luigi Laraia reviewed The Golden Cathedral Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 28, 2021
HikingGreat!

Can I give this 6 stars? Absolutely gorgeous trail. A relatively easy hike all the way to the Escalante river, a few fun fordings, which were pretty easy, and a final hike up the canyon which is rewarded by the stunning "cathedral", three holes in the rocks above a pool of water so clear that reminded me of the Caribbean waters. One of the best hikes I have ever done. The trail in the first section of the hike may not be as clear so make sure you have a map or alltrails with you. We had to check the phone a few times but never really had a problem.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 28, 2021
HikingGreat!

5 stars for sure. So much fun hiking the narrow canyons. This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. I hiked many canyons but never something so narrow. If you are overweight you may not get through! Apart for the constant shimmying through the canyons, which is exhilarating, there is only one difficult section, a 7 foot drop in Spooky which requires scrambling or assistance. I would go back, again and again.

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