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hiking
17 hours ago

As others suggest, definitely do Peek-A-Boo to Spooky and take lots of water. And definitely download the topo so you have it offline on the hike.

We were intimidated by the climb at start of Peek-A-Boo ... you need to scale up about 12 feet of slick rock. We thought the adults could do it but weren't sure we could get the kids up (ages 8 and 9) so we went around and rejoined the trail as you go overland to Spooky. In retrospect we could should have brought a short rope or strap ... or sent an adult up first and used a daypack as a rope.

Even Spooky by itself was amazing the kids' favorite hike of the vacation. We are indebted to others on this site for telling us about the rock blockage and were able to do the full hike because of their advice. As said by Alan Ketelson below "About 1/3 way into Spooky, we came to some huge boulders the seem to block the way. If you look over the top of the you will be about 30 feet above the bottom but if you look underneath the left side of the biggest boulder, you’ll see a small hole that drops down to another small boulder. From there, it is a short drop to a large flat rock, then a few hundred feet of some pretty narrow slots." The adults jumped and spotted each other and handed the kids down. The slots get even tighter after this point -- we had to take off daypacks and hand them forward through tight spots in a chain but it is passable and wonderful. Not ideal if you get claustrophobic. If you get nervous, just keep going -- it's amazing!

Beautiful views the entire way and access to water virtually whole time courtesy of a stream running alongside the trail. At least 3/4 of the trail is sand so took little longer than usual. Not much tree coverage so expect to be exposed to the elements. But the falls are oh so pretty! Refreshing dip on a hot day.

Amazing!

Hike was great and trail well marked. Definitely remember it is an impacted 26 mile venture from the turn off. You will encounter a few deep perpendicular ruts as well as pockets of loose sand along the way. Be careful as a tow truck runs up to a $1000 according to the clerk at the nearest convenience store. Trail well worth the effort.

It was hot going but the water was cold. Was a great hike.

Fun trail, really busy in the beginning, very narrow in some places.

Did this on 25Jul18. (5th time I've done this) Waited out a thunderstorm and the trail had puddles in some spots. A portion of the trail close to the falls was washed out and there are a couple of rocks to hop on in the river, to get across. Also falls were fuller than I've ever seen them. Roaring, really. Amazing as always hike.

hiking
27 days ago

Trail is relatively easy with very little elevation gain, but be prepared for sandy trails. Can be very hot and sunny at midday. Falls are gorgeous and a great place for a wade to cool down!

27 days ago

Definitely start early to beat the heat! Coming back was rough. They mean what they say about the water, drink it all! Some of the most amazing views I have ever seen and up close and personal. Crawling through these sandstone slots was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Highly recommend. We want to do Zebra Slot next time!

Side note, the road was over an hour driving in from the Escalante side of Hole in the Rock Rd, and well maintained but more comfortable with a high clearance vehicle for sure !

Awesome well worth it

Hiked July 9th. Yep, the sand was a butt-kicker, and the 102F heat didn't help matters with very little shade on the trail. That said, highly recommended trail. It turned out to be 6 miles round trip. Payoff at the end is so worth it. Plenty of space at the falls to lay on a towel. The pool at the falls started to shade around 1pm, and by 2:30 was fully shaded.

Loved this hike. It feels long when it's got in the summer, there's not a lot of shade. The places we found shade were really humid. This was a pretty easy hike. There is hiking through some sand and up rocks, but it wasn't bad. Definitely bring yourself a lot of water if you are planning on going in the summer, without cloud cover. If you bring kids, there are frequent access spots to the creek so they can cool off. There are fun places for them to explore and climb around on.
At marker 8, there are pictographs- when you see the bench.
So worth it once you finally get to the end of the trail- the waterfall is beautiful, water is cold. Kids can play/slide on the rocks to the right. The water is deep enough to swim in closer to the falls. Feels long, but it's definitely worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail 2 years ago. A wonder! It’s the untouched backyard that mysteriously brings you back to the dinosaur era. 20 people per day are permitted, which means you won’t see any other human most of the time. Complete wilderness without any man made sign, so you have to notice the landscape then roam freely!

Go in the late afternoon to walk in the shade, and enjoy the colors. We went after 6pm. Amazing!!! We went the weekend after 4th of July and the temp was nice. Still hot, but the shade was great! BRING CASH!!!! $5 PARKING FEE IN CASH! Honor system.

Wundeful hike, but someone seems to have destroyed the cairns on the first part of the trail!!!
We started at 8 am and had the trail nearly for ourselves.

nature trips
1 month ago

A wonderland!

Great hike! Probably one of the most amazing hikes I have ever done. Highly recommend starting early. We hiked this trail on a Wednesday and started by 7:30. We were first on the trail but by the time we we're back at the TH there were at least 10 other groups hiking in and a line to climb up in to Peekaboo. We hiked this loop in reverse. Spooky to Peekaboo. Spooky is narrow in spots. if you are a little bigger of a person you may find it challenging to get through. It is litterally only about 11 inches wide in spots. Going in reverse requires some scrambling/quick climbing manuevers but was a fun challenge. Overall an easy and amazing hike! We completed it in 2.25 hours from start to finish.

Recommend hiking as a loop. Take the normal trail in and traverse the 5 Creek crossings. They weren't deeper than halfway up my calf at any of them. Then on your way out take the shortcut trail back. Was a great loop hike and big change in scenery. We hiked in 95 degree heat. Left early morning and the hike down was no problem. Hiking out and climbing back up the wall at the end to get to the car was a good challenge. If it's over 90 I would say this trail rating increases to hard. We both took 3 liters of water in camelbacks and 3 water bottles. GPS made this hike much easier! HIGHLY RECOMMEND GPS!!! Can't imagine trying to decipher all the spinoff trails from the real trail without it!

NO SHADE. While only 6 miles and 500ft of gain, it makes you work for every inch. Sandy paths and jagged rocks.

But totally worth it. Take a lunch. Sit by the falls. The pond is deep enough I couldn’t stand up and I’m nearly 6fy.

I wouldn’t recommend it. AllTrails currently has it listed as 6.6 but it’s longer than that. The NPS website lists just tunnel slot out and back at 7.2, geometry tells me that if you take a roundabout way back via zebra slot instead of the straight line it has to be longer than 7.2. We clocked it at right around 7.9.

The slots were cool but I’m not sure the 7.8 miles of hot, blah dessert with zero shade was worth it. If I were going to recommend anything to people it would be just do Zebra slot out and back (5.7 miles) and make sure to do it early or late don’t be out in the middle of the day. The tunnel slot wasn’t very exciting and those three extra miles in the July heat really sucked.

hiking
1 month ago

Started at 9 am it took us 3 hours rt. Sandy trail which made the hike a little harder. Well worth the prize at the end of. the trail. What an amazing waterfall.

All I can say is amazing!!

I first hiked here in college with a group of friends about 12 years ago in 100+ degree weather. The falls were even more beautiful this week than I remembered them. The trail was harder than I remembered it. The sand makes it tough to walk and even a 85 degree day is still tough to hike in here. Stop often, bring as much water as you can carry, bring food, a towel to wet in the steam along the way to keep cool, and enjoy the hike. Check out the petroglyphs at marker 8.

It is not only great for kids...it's a giant playground for adults!! Really super for a short morning or late afternoon trip!!

This hike is well worth going to the falls. Started later in the early evening around 5:30pm ended around 8:20pm, the trail was 80% shade, which caused us to chase the light. The sand is tough, just allow time to go slow and steady. We saw a snake and wild turkey. My daughter (17) and myself (late 30s) did fine, but we had over 16L of water and almost finished it all. Please bring more than you think you need of water.

hiking
1 month ago

Simply stunning.
Permits are difficult to obtain though and you will lucky to get one.
The pre hike talk by the ranger can be a bit daunting too for the inexperienced hiker. You are warned about getting lost and the possibility of an overnight stay until you are found, wildlife, etc.
My better half almost never went but in the end relented.
Think it was the best decision she ever made. Take plenty water and go early to make a day of it.
Also, anything less than a SUV down the 8 mile dirt, potholed road from the interstate to the trailhead is likely to leave you with under carriage damage.

Absolutely stunning trail! It was about 3 miles up/down. The sand made it a little more difficult. There were definitely spots where the sun was beaming and there were some folks that took just one bottle of water, NOT RECOMMENDED!! I went with 2 friends and there were some spots were we had to take some breaks. The waterfalls at the end is breathtaking, as the temperature went down a nice 10-15 degrees and felt amazing. Not a lot of bugs due to the heat, which was nice. There were some areas were you hear animals moving in the brush, but they were just little lizards scurrying around.

Fabulous , great flow over falls . Very refreshing after a mid 90 degree hike. Nicely marked to show petroglyphs along trail . Many species of birds at trails end . GPS showed it was 3.5 miles each way .
Nice large beach area at base of falls , there were 20 others @ falls and it didn’t feel crowded.. One of our favorite hikes in the area, fabulous scenery!

3-4 stars, can’t give more as this trail is poorly marked with cairns only occasionally placed. Toward the end of the trail you can take fork right to a small swim hole, the top of the falls, or veer left for the bottom of the falls . Small area to enter falls but we were lucky to have it to ourselves . Very hot trail, very little shade, hike early & bring more water than you think you’ll need. Very low flow and nothing compared to Lower Calf Creek Falls trail .

We took our 5 year old and or 2.5 year old. It was very steep, but or 5 year old did the whole climb! we had to carry our 2.5 year old 1/2 way down, and all the way up. The waterfall was smaller than lower calf creek, but the trail was not very busy at all (on memorial day weekend). It can be hard to follow the trail at time. Sometimes we'd choose a way and were confirmed with a tower of rocks a little ways down the path we chose. The waterfall was still really cool, and it was fun to jump into the very deep pool right below the fall. The water is very cold though, so be warned. We also saw a fish in the pool.

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