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I did this with my cousin and two friends in April of 15. It was perfect weather. Like the other reviews the trail drops you into the canyon and you can cross over and go to the arch. We followed the trail and not the river and there are some ups and downs but not bad. Towards the end you pop out on the river and finding that spot on the way out was a little tricky. We camped just before the narrows and did them the next day. There is almost always water there. When you get to the end of the narrows there is a spot where the water was a little more than waist deep. When you exit the narrows you and go up the hill to the left to catch the trail back or you can keep going a little further to catch the trail without a steep climb.When we got back to camp we ate and packed up and hiked out till about an hr before dark. It made the last day hike out a little shorter,remember you have to climb out almost 1200 feet up! We had no issue getting water at the narrows but even in april there was nothing in the river bed until you got almost to the narrows, Note this is a long hike and not suggested for summer months

Did this loop in about 4hrs, hit all
The canyons, I’m a photographer to the photos were awesome! A lot better than dealing with the overpopulated slot canyons in AZ, and permitted. Some of the canyons get pretty tight so squeezing is required in some places and I am pretty fit. Had my camera backpack and had to remove to move forward through some areas. Hiking some of the trail can be strenuous through the sand so be prepared. But if you want beautiful slot canyons for photography, these are excellent!

AMAZING hike with gorgeous scenery the whole time. The canyons are incredible and are so worth the effort!

We hiked this from the top of the canyon off Spencer Flat/Old Sheffield Road, not as it is routed on AllTrails.
To do the canyon from north to south, the parking is 2.2 mi from Hwy 12 on Spencer Flat/Old Sheffield (mile marker 70). Follow the wash the entire way, but make to have the map saved and use it to check in since the trail is not marked at all, and there are a couple of forks (some footprints kept us on track too). Hiking the canyon N-S adds a few miles to the round trip— we came in at 9.1 mi for Bighorn and the other short, gorgeous, narrow canyon at the southern end of Bighorn. Don’t miss that one—Take the little fork to the west once at the southern mouth of the main canyon.
Have a ton of water and snacks for this unforgettable hike!!

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.

Three stars because we kept getting lost! We’re not sure if we were just not paying attention or if storms had washed away some of the trail markings. Most of the trail follows and crosses over the riverbed. I highly recommend bringing the All Trails app with a full battery to stay on track.
The trail will show a fork in the trail which is about where the slot canyons start. We stayed to the right and walked through slots that were spectacular. These are totally worth the hike and I would give this portion 5 stars.
3 hours. No other people on the trail. Not clearly marked from the road.

We enjoyed this trail. Wonderful view at the end and a distant petroglyph in the middle.

Nice relaxing hike to the falls. Stayed cool the entire time, falls were beautiful. Not as pretty now that all the leaves have fallen from the trees.

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

Great easy hike for the family.
Deer In the valley and fish in the creek!
Great color on the walls with the afternoon sun.

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

Hiked on 11/3/18. This was an amazing trail that was 6.5 miles according to my girlfriend’s Garmin watch. It took us right under 3 hours while taking breaks at the nature guide spots. (Nature guide is found in brown sign in box 10/10 recommended picking one up as it points out many cool things). This hike was beautiful the entire way and had to stop many times just to take in the view. It was a very comfortable hike -warm in the sun, cool and refreshing in the shade (which there was a lot of). This all sand trail was easy to walk and came to a beautiful waterfall. Walk to the far right side of the waterfall to gaze at the hanging gardens, if you look closely you can see where the water is seeping from the rocks/ hanging gardens.

While in this region we combined Devils Garden (down Hole in the Rock Road - just drive down the road and can explore Devils Garden for as long as you want - we took 30 minutes there), and Grosvenor Arch (in Cannonville which is on the way to Calf Creek if coming from Kanab. Took 30 minutes to drive to off of the main road and 25 to explore - you can drive up to it)

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!!!

A rather easy hike to a very nice waterfall. There is also some Anasazi artwork along the way if you look out for it. There is a $5 fee to hike the trail, but it is worth the price. Good food can be found in nearby Boulder!

Amazing. Expansive. Great trail for running. Did get sunburned on a not very warm day, due to deceptively high elevation for this type of terrain. Wear sunscreen even if you plan to be out less than 30-45 minutes.

This was by far the most beautiful place I've been. Me and my husband only had an 2 hours to spend but during that time we jumped from boulder to boulder over the river.

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.

perfect day for a perfect hike!!!!

This was a great hike , in the canyon along the brook reasonably flat , and ending with a spectacular waterfall. My wife and I waked this in and out with breaks for a total of 4 hours . We are both in good shape and I am 71 years old.
On the hike we saw deer , brook trout and what looked like mountain cat foot prints. This was a nice change from some of the more serious up hikes we had been doing

Lovely 1/4-1/2 day hike! We got caught in the rain on and off but had ponchos so no biggie. The falls are beautiful and the hanging gardens within them are really neat. Hiking shoes made it a pretty easy hike. No poles necessary IMO. Just take plenty of water and a snack!

Very nice hike with beautiful waterfall at the end!

Great hike. Beautiful scenery. Nice payoff at the end. Great for all ages. Some elevation changes but nothing too crazy.

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

on Boulder Mail Trail

backpacking
1 month ago

This will be my favorite backpack memory. I had a blast. did it over 3 days. arrived the first day only did a few miles to the water source. 2nd days went in and out of death hollow all the way to the 3rd canyon where we found water. 3rd day we hiked out. we only saw 2 other people over the whole trip. In death hollow we traveled slowly due to having to cross the river a bunch. also lots of poison ivy. Hard hike out of Death Hollow. The last day was tough too since you have to switch back down a loose rocky trail down to escalante. but I would do this again. not for the faint of heart.

1 month ago

Challenging and beautiful

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

Moderate difficulty with a great view to see at the end!

I didn’t start hiking until 11:00 AM on a day that hit 100 degrees. My saving grace was that I soaked my cotton shirt with water from a sink in the restroom at the beginning and did that twice more along the hike. I did have to pay attention to where the trail went close to the river along the way. There are points of interest that are marked by numbers but the best one was the petroglyphs on the opposite side of the canyon.

Needless to say the hike was definitely worth it when my son and I arrived at the waterfall. We stayed there for 4 hours and built a sand castle. I regretted not bringing my light weight hammock since there is a great spot in the sand and trees next to the pool.

This is one of my favorite spots on this planet to hike to. We stayed at the Falls long enough that we were mostly in shade on the decent (hard to call it a decent since there is so much up and down in the sand). Also, there were trout in the pool at the bottom of the falls. It made me wish I took my fishing gear.

on Bighorn Canyon Trail

hiking
1 month ago

We explored this canyon instead of going to Zebra due to chest high water there. These slots have the same coloration of Zebra and are longer. Also met a guide who recommended climbing to the top of the canyon. We did and the views of the Grand Staircase were incredible.

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