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3 hours ago

A classic. If your expectations aren't too high, then it's worth it!

We purchased this app and were so glad to have its GPS for the start of the hike, between slots of Peekaboo and Spooky, and for getting back to main trail after Dry Fork. Footprints/trails criss-cross all over the place between slots. I echo last two reviewer's advice. Wonderful time for our family; the youngest, age 6, ate it up.

Great pics with mid day sun.
Traffic jam in spooky at the choke stones.
Perfect weather!

Favorite hike in Escalante. River crossing is part of the trek in. Beautiful grotto is a must see!

Incredible and otherworldly hike.

I would recommend bringing climbing rope for the 20ft. climb into Peekaboo—close to the top, there was little to hold onto (of course your first climber might have to go rope-less).

In Spooky, there’s a part of the trail where you come to 4-5 fallen boulders. There are a couple of holes to drop down to continue the trail. We used the hole on the left. The drop is only about 8-9 feet, but it’s dark. There are ropes lodged beneath the boulders to help you lower yourself down. Spooky is aptly named! It gets very, very narrow. Not for the claustrophobic.

Dirt road from Hwy 12 to trailhead turn off was in good shape. Last mile to trailhead was in poor shape.

The beginning of Peek a Boo wasn't marked. Fortunately we saw someone scrambling up the +15' pour off into Peek a Boo. We helped each other to get up the face -- very challenging and a bit scary. Once we were in the canyon, we ran into a few more pour offs. but they were manageable and dry.

After exiting Peek a Boo, we used our GPS to help route us to the entrance of Spooky. GPS was very helpful! Spooky was equally as beautiful as Peek a Boo but much narrower! In addition Spooky required us to crawl down several drop downs (about 6-8' each) in between boulders. One drop down had some ropes which were very helpful. In the narrow areas, we had to remove our packs and we still were rubbing on both our fronts and backs to get through the canyon.

It was a spectacular adventurous hike. I'd highly recommend doing it as a group with at least one athletic person who can scramble up the +15' Peek a Boo entrance and then help the others up. A GPS will also provide peace of mind since the frequency of trail markers low.

An Indiana Jones adventure for a couple of 60 pluses. Scenery outstanding— had a bit of help finding peek a boo slot opening — didn’t always see the trail cairns running down to it from the parking lot- if u have never done any canyon scrambling is good to get a few pointers. Entered peek a boo and a kind man told us the value of using your back and feet to brace yourself and move up and down in tight places —

After then getting up the steep short entry — we were fine — was awesome plot in the slot and a real adventure because of how narrow it was

Exiting is easier if u see the cairn marking a short scramble up the canyon wall as opposed to going thru the last very narrow part of the slot.

Then follow the cairns across to spooky— spooky is narrower but easier as u r going downhill — there is a tough spot where boulders have fallen in and u go down thru a hole and grab a rope to lower yourself down — after that the canyon gets super narrow and I went sideways quite a long way to get thru — wiggled thru in a couple places — not for the claustrophobic for sure.

Exited and the way out was easy and marked with the stone cairns.

This was a super ad entire for someone who has never been in a slot canyon — a real adventure for sure — helps to have some level of upper body fitness as well as the hiking fitness level

Thanks again to the guy at the bottom who gave us a couple canyoning skills — helped immensely!!!

The dirt road was well maintained for most of the drive. It had some washboards near the turn off. Head left from the parking lot to the trailhead. Most of the loop was very well marked with cairns. The 20 foot scramble up into peek-a-boo was challenging. We took a rope and needed it to get our younger hikers up. Spooky is definitely moderately hard. There's a drop down with a rope and when in gets narrow, it's really narrow. When you come out of spooky to head back to parking there is a trail marker indicating to head right. There were fewer cairns through this part. Overall it was amazing. The weather this weekend was 70 degrees and perfect. Pack plenty of water. It's recommended 4L per person per day.

Loved this trail!

This was a mostly level hike up a stream bed. There was only a small stream in October, but without waterproof hiking shoes, feet would still have been wet! Great, rewarding and relaxing hike; lots of slot canyons, two waterfalls, and wonderful fall foliage.

24 days ago

great views!

hiking
24 days ago

Great views and an easy hike

This trail is poorly marked so was difficult for a first timer (me). The reviews suggest that u can “drop down” into canyon at various places but you r still dropping down on slick rock or sand. The loop is better clockwise but the “junction” is not marked. Hard to find the clockwise trail; The cairns are only visible after you start dropping down the slick rock which normally isn’t my first choice. The climb back up - whether on sand or slick rock is pretty strenuous

Great short hike, wonderful views. The history of the area is very interesting. Great visitor centre

hiking
28 days 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.

hiking
28 days ago

What a stunning view. Loved this!

Splendid slots, busy on a Saturday. We dropped into Peek-a-boo about half way up to avoid the rock face at the beginning. Went down and then came back and completed the whole slot. Hiked over to the top of Spooky and did it from the top down. Much easier this way

Easy hike. Excellent views, but a very crowded hike.

Great place for a photo under the arch... short and easy.... could be crowded.

THE BEST... do not miss this one. Started at the parking lot and went clockwise. Be sure to do all the lookouts. Views are breathtaking!

on Mesa Arch Trail

1 month ago

Simply spectacular!

It’s a great arch, and a pretty dull trail. Worth a stop.

on Mesa Arch Trail

1 month ago

great place to see sunrise

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike, good view.

hiking
1 month 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.

This was absolutely worth the 30 mile drive down a dirt road!!! I did this in July and it was sweltering hot. Make sure to bring plenty of water. The slot canyons are incredible. I can’t say enough good things about this!!

hiking
1 month ago

This is the most unique place on the planet. You don’t even believe it’s Earth. It’s like staring into a prehistoric era. Unbelievable!!!

The most difficult backpacking I’ve ever done. The quicksand type mud is incredibly dangerous and not something that is forgiving. Make sure to do this with experienced and physically fit backpackers as It’s quite easy to get trapped in the quicksand mud and fall forward into chest deep water (that happened to me). It is not an easily trail. Do not take it lightly. I’ve backpacked all over (Narrows, Mt Whitney, Iceland etc) and this was by far the most dangerous one I’ve done.

Sept. 25th hiked with 2 others to this area;
from trail head, we followed this app & Cairns to the bottom, there are 3 slot Canyons here, when you get to dry river bed there are no signs or directions; it’s not obvious where to go;
to the left you will see a good size Canyon, that is “Dry Fork” which is wide, easy to walk through nice. Good option if others are too narrow & hard. The entrance to Peek-a-boo is very near, instead of going toward Dry Canyon, follow the trail to the right, then into the dry creek bed, almost straight across you will see an opening/ slot into/between the rock, this is “Peek-a-boo” & requires some climbing to get in, other hikers helped and 2 of our group made it in (not me) they went though this one then through Spooky and back down on dry creek bed. said one 6 foot drop which they found a way around, was narrow and had some more climbs - they loved it!
if you head right down the dry creek you can go into Spooky that way too and see a little of it but everyone says it’s much harder making the loop in that direction. Wear Boots or shoes with good traction, unless you have 4wheel drive plan on walking from 1st parking lot 1 mile to trail head.

Absolutely fantastic. Completed this loop with a three-year-old. He freakin' crushed it! Some extremely difficult/narrow parts where adults were literally passing him through pitches and curves, and only one near anxiety attach, but he made it. VERY narrow and no escape. Would not recommend for dogs. Extremely tight areas, with very little room to navigate/turn-around. Everyone should do the hike starting by going up Peek-a-Boo and down Spooky; one way traffic! Water, water, water!

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