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hiking
12 hours ago

A mind-bending experience! Highly recommended for anybody who wants to see one of the more unique rock formations AZ has to offer. Navigating to the wave was a little difficult even with the map provided that comes with the permit. The map uses pictures to navigate you to the right place, whereas physical trail markers are few and far between. There is no clear trail to follow after you leave the Wire Pass Wash so the only guidance is the rock formations you see along the way.

The Wave area itself is a small area easily hidden amongst the other formations, but there is no doubting that you've made it once you see it! It is quite unique even among the astounding rocks around it.

You will not regret visiting here. Bring a camera and your navigational skills :)

hiking
13 hours ago

We did this trail in Dec after a recent rain, so there were muddy puddles in several places along Buckskin Gulch. We were only able to go about a mile into Buckskin before having to turn around due to the puddles (without warm waterproof shoes in December, getting your feet wet would not be fun!). Aside from this limiting factor, the hike was amazing! Easy hike, clearly marked, narrow slot canyon makes for great pictures. Look for hieroglyph carvings in the sandstone right before entering Buckskin! They are very clearly seen at eye level. Great hike for all ability levels. As always with any slot canyon, watch the weather and don't enter any slot with a chance of rain that day.

Completed this hike in 5 hours with 1 hour used for exploring the Hoodos. The washout is easy to follow (look for foot prints). The hanging gate entrance requires you to lift a metal wire to open the gate. As of 23Nov18, there were two entrance gates. We didn't really find a true parking lot for 2WD, so we parked before the big dip/washout. Highly recommend hike.

fun short Trail. Make sure to follow the trail and not just the creek bed or you'll get off track. love the heart in the Rock at the end.

Easy hike especially on a cool fall day. Toadstool hoodoos are an a amazing sight. You get very close to them and you feel like you are on another planet. saw a lot of families with young kids. Also saw several dogs on the trail.

hiking
22 days ago

This is a must go place, forget about the wave that most of us probably won't get drawn anyway, white pocket is as good with no permit is required, you can go there any time. it's a long drive though, from 89 exiting point to white pocket, it's about 36 miles of off road drive, most of vehicles can make to the pine tree pocket ranch, the last 12 mile drive to white pocket is deep sand, which requires true 4x4 with high ground clearance.

hiking
22 days ago

nice walk with very cool canyons, it was a windy day when we went there, so lots of sand dusting, other than that it's really a cool place to hike.

hiking
25 days ago

An experience I’ll never forget. This backcountry is absolutely stunning. My friends and I signed up for the lottery twice. Got picked on the 2nd attempt. We arrived and made acquaintances with our fellow lottery winner and a volunteer hiker, Charlie. He ended up guiding us all the way to the Wave and giving us some lessons along the way. Best way to spend my birthday week! Try to grab a spot on the BLM page. If not, best of luck on the day you sign up at the BLM office!

Was beautiful one hard spot to get down and climb back up.

on Wire Pass Trail

hiking
26 days ago

Amazing walk with an awesome slot canyon and definitely worth it for $6 especially considering the price of other canyons nearby that you must do a tour to see and cost around $50 per person. Easy walk and pretty much flat the whole way (all trails gradient is abit wrong on this walk). Big car park which did get pretty busy around lunch. Toliets at trailhead but none along the walk. The road to get to wire pass trailhead is a gravel track and very bumpy so bare that in mind as does take abit longer to get there. Also do not go down the track if it’s been raining.

hiking
27 days ago

I won the Lottery! The lottery today was for Thanksgiving & Black Friday. 90 groups, representing 264 hikers, wanted the 20 permits. I feel like Charlie from Wllly Wonka and the Chocolate factory. I was the last one called for Friday. I got the last winning ticket. My first time in the walk up lottery. Did I mention I won the Lottery?

on Paw Hole

hiking
29 days ago

I was able to get a permit on-line in advance. I parked at Lone Tree, right off of House Rock Rd, and walked up the sandy road to Paw Hole. I probably could have made it in my RAV4. Once you get up to Paw Hole, it's up to you where to go. There is a fenced in area, but I have no idea why or what the distinction is between what is inside and outside the fencing. There are some trails here and there, but basically you just wander around the amazing scenery, trying not to fall off any cliffs. I wandered far enough to need the AllTrails GPS tracking to find my way back to the road down to my car.

on Wire Pass Trail

hiking
29 days ago

Very nice. The drive and the hiking were facilitated by it being pretty dry and uncrowded. I did not clamber down the funky log pile at the infamous drop and instead took the bypass that heads up over the rocks to the right immediately before you enter the slot canyon. Getting back down into, and out of, the slot at the other side is not exactly easy, but it was a safer bet than the risk of falling 8 feet.

I went down to the confluence and turned right, but quickly encountered pools of water that I could not navigate without getting my feet wet. So, being a wuss and all, I went back the other way towards the "less interesting" section, which was completely dry. After a while, you emerge from the slot canyon into a very nice landscape of colorful towers and cliffs. The fencing provides a hint that you are not supposed to wander around over in that direction. I walked a couple of miles along the wash, and then turned back.

A shout-out to everyone who uses this trail, and/or the people who maintain it. I walked over 8 miles in various directions and never saw a single piece of trash anywhere.

Very highly recommend this trail as an excursion from Page/Lake Powell or as a pitstop along US-89 between Page, Arizona, and Kanab, Utah. The Wahweap Hoodoos are some of the most beautiful, most otherworldly rock formations I’ve ever seen. I was inspired to check them out after visiting the nearby Toadstool Hoodoos last year and found myself wanting more, as they were cool, but a little underwhelming.

I stopped off at the BLM’s Big Water Visitor Center on the south side of US-89 to get a paper copy of the trail map. They have an iPad there with pictures that they can show you so you can get a feel for the trail and things to look out for before heading out.

It was fairly easy finding parking at the 2WD spot before the dirt road crosses Wahweap Creek—do NOT attempt in a sedan as there is mud and sand. From the 2WD parking lot to the fence was a ~15-20 minute walk. It’s no longer a “hanging” fence as it has been repaired and now there are multiple gates where you just have to lift up metal loops to release the gate and squeeze by. Just make sure to close the gate behind you as you are entering a Wilderness Study Area.

The hike is fairly easy to follow with minimal routefinding required; simply follow the footsteps and head upstream through Wahweap Creek. When I visited over Veterans Day weekend, there was little water flowing in the creek and small patches of mud here and there, but I can imagine during the summer monsoon this will be much heavier.

The hoodoos themselves are on a parcel of the cliffs on the south/western banks of the creek reached ~2 hours into the hike, so stick to that side of the creek. You really can’t miss them as one of the bright white hoodoos is visible halfway through the hike. Make sure to explore the initial hoodoos on the cliffside, the second grouping inside the alcove area, and then the third, most beautiful collection of hoodoos on the other side of the cliffs…just keep walking and you’ll find them.

I met maybe half a dozen other folks doing the hike that day. I started at 11am and was one of the last heading out to the hoodoos.

The hike to the hoodoos took me 2 hours, and I spent ~1 hour exploring them and having lunch I brought with me. The hike back to the car felt much much faster (perhaps it was slightly downhill?) but it was still 2 hours going back, for a total of 5 hours hiking time.

Bring lots of water (2-4 liters depending on the temperature) and a hat/sunscreen. In November I wore long underwear base layers beneath jeans that kept me comfortable, so plan accordingly.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a heavily advertised, short hike right off of Hwy 89, so you are going to have lots of company. It's a short hike to some interesting stuff. You can wander around quite a bit in various directions, which I am sure is an ecological disaster, but that ship has sailed, so to speak. The hoodoos at Wahweap are more interesting, but you have to walk 4.5 miles to get to those, so this is a lot more accessible.

on Wire Pass Trail

1 month ago

My wife and I did this hike November 6, 2018. We were surprised, after walking a bit to find a couple nice slot canyons. Once we arrived at the confluence, we turned left on Buckskin for approx mile. It was pretty cool with tall slots. we then turned around and walked the other way until we hit water

Highly recommend this trail. Getting isn't bad, but about 8 miles off of 89.

The views and surrounding areas of the toadstools was well worth the hike.

Loved this trail!

Although this area doesn’t have a specific feature like the ‘Wave’ it just may be an overall higher scenic destination. The Butte formations are extensive and the area to explore would take days to see it all, if that is even possible. The area had a lot of weather the week we went and the water features reflecting the spires were amazing. We met a guide who was in the area with another couple and he said he hadn’t seen that amount of water in the area for a number of years. The water did make the roads in challenging to maneuver around. The other great thing about this area is that the lottery is held each day after the ‘Wave’ lottery but has a minimal amount of folks staying for it which gives those who stay a much greater chance of picking up a permit. I highly recommend hiking this area.

on The Nautilus

1 month ago

This is a hidden gem. The rock formations resemble waves and are huge. At the end is the nautilus (corkscrew) rock which Provides some good pictures. It was an easy hike and climbing on the rocks could have entertained me for hours.

Disclaimer: The trail does not begin where it says it does on the All Trails app, so be sure to take the road that says trail information for the White House Trailhead, and you can follow that all the way back to the White House Campground where the trail ACTUALLY begins.

Once you arrive at the White House Campground you can follow the trail down to the river. It might be easiest just to go directly down to the river and follow that through the canyon rather than try and follow the trail as it shown on the app, as we got somewhat off-track before connecting with the river ourselves.

We did this trek on 10/15 around midday and went as far as we could into the canyon before having to turn around and head back so that we could catch sunset at the Wahweap Overlook (highly recommended).

We didn't see a single other human on the trail, which made this a perfect day out in the wilderness. We attempted to go as far as we could with our hiking boots before having to revert to sandals, but after a small spill into the water, it was time to put them on.

This is a truly incredibly hike that I would love to snag a permit for next go-around so that we could camp overnight and make it all the way through to the end of the trail.

Water levels were decently low, and we didn't cross a single spot that went above our knees. It was also pretty muddy in some areas, but not too bad overall.

Can't wait to return to do the entire thing!

hiking
1 month ago

Had an amazing time exploring road was tough but we made it with 4X4.

hiking
1 month ago

It's a bit of a long drive for a short hike if the connecting Buckskin Gulch is full of water. Requires a $6 fee. Walk through wash to very cool slot canyon. Very easy except for an 8 foot drop which isn't the easiest to complete alone. Most people hike this Wire Pass trail which is short to get to Buckskin Gulch to hike downstream. I believe the Gulch many times requires bringing shoes good for trouncing through ankle deep, stagnant water. For more info and pics visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/10/21/hikes-near-kanab-utah/

Beautiful trail. We went after it had rained a week prior and the water level was still high, with the rest of the canyon bed incredibly muddy. Be prepared to get your feet wet.

The toadstool hoodoos are unreal. If you travel along highway 89 and pass by the place with an hour to spare, try to go to see this nature wonder. I went there in early PM in mid October. It was not hot, rather it was a bit cold.

hiking
2 months ago

Holy crap this hike was awesome! The lottery system keeps crowds down to 20 people per day, which you really appreciate when you arrive.

Parked before the wash. Ten minute walk/.5 miles to the trailhead. Followed the trail which takes you along the right side of the wash. Hoodoos were on the left. Only saw 4 other people. Took a straight line home down the wash. Much shorter. Would recommend taking the path of least resistance! Great hike with beautiful views of the hoodoos. Our hike was 11 miles round-trip.

We hiked Paria on 9/23/18 and did not get our feet wet. The canyon was very dry. This was our second hike into the canyon from the White House trail-head. We turned around just before the confluence with Buckskin. Last time, a few years ago, LOTS of water. Chest deep.and turned around rather than swim. Was glad to see the dry river bed but the neoprene socks and canyoneering shoes were a big mistake - hiking boots would have been much better. At he Contact Station we were told to expect a lot of water. This is a fantastic hike. The canyon is narrow, deep and incredibly beautiful. I would not call it a real slot but love it just the same. For real slots there are Buckskin & Wire Pass nearby. Agree with a previous review that after you leave the narrows it is a hump back to the trail-head.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely fabulous. Now that I have been there, the route is easy. Caution if terrain navigating. 2nd largest slot canyon on NA very close.

Great short trail. Great views

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