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hiking
2 days ago

Totally worth the extra leg work to get there. (Meaning permit and drive). Being a solo I lucked out and walked up to the Wilderness desk and got a permit for following day. I’ve got good luck!

The trail was what I’d consider moderate and only so bc of the trail navigation skills required. I found it to be beautiful and peaceful. It’s hard not to feel special connection with so few people out there.

The potholes were Fantastic! The morning was perfect weather and by noon when I finished- the sun hit the incline part of the trail. That’s was great motivation to finish that last mile quickly.

mountain biking
3 days ago

A fun trail. A few more trail markers would help but still a fun ride thru some tight fast sections.

hiking
6 days ago

This trail was unforgettable and hands-down the best hike of my trip to Zion. We started the hike around 7:20 AM and finished around 2:00 PM. We had the trail to ourselves the majority of the time.

The slot canyons are absolutely breathtaking and worth the trek. The only strenuous portions of the trail are the descent and ascent to the river. Otherwise it’s quite a pleasant and easy trail. The terrain is mostly sand, so it’s similar to walking on a beach in hiking shoes.

Recommendations:
- Start early in the day because the climb in and out of the canyon is quite steep and strenuous; you won’t want to do that in full sun.
- Pay attention for snakes, spiders, and poison ivy on the social trails out of the river.
- The water in the slot canyons is COLD, so brace yourself.
- Bring some sandwiches to enjoy once you’re out of the subway. There’s a nice flat rock to sit on and relax. You’ll be surrounded by a waterfall and butterflies.

Just another badly marked and cryptic trail that will easily get you lost. Even the trail head maps were off the mark. Got lost after waiting for the local "Trail Nerds" group run that never showed (not even sure they exist anymore) and found myself super lost in the dark. Not to mention LOTS of rocks, somewhat dangerous for runners and the occasional weed smokers on the trail make it for a annoying and disappointing experience.

Nice, paved trail for the road bike. Pretty, scenic suburban trail meanders along Mill Creek. Fairly busy on the weekend. Watch out on the blind curves as the trail is somewhat narrow.

hiking
10 days ago

Love this trail. Very pretty. Easy enough to do while baby-wearing.

11 days ago

Nice clean easy trail w/ mild ups&downs- lots of benches and viewpoints.

Once in a lifetime experience; however, I'm returning for another viewing of this sensational place.

So fun! Getting within one mile of the trailhead was easy in a small 2wd rental car and took about an hour from the paved road - however the last mile before the trailhead was definitely *not* passable in a low clearance car.

The hike was incredible! So much fun. There’s lots of scrambling involved - the first crux is climbing into peek-a-boo canyon which was a little slippery, and the second crux was going deep into spooky slot under a few large boulders. Was definitely glad to have GPS navigating between the end of peek-a-boo and the start of spooky - the trails and cairns are all over the place.

Such a fantastic adventure! Last word of advice is to not keep any soft fruit in your backpack, it will likely be crushed 

Really fun hike! Quite the long, empty desert drive out to the hike though. Make sure you have a full tank of gas before you make the drive ‘cause there are no gas stations nearby—at least not when we did the hike, (which was in 2013). Also, it’s a very rough road...four-wheel drive adventure vehicles recommended for the road to this hike.

It offers great, beautiful canyon exploring. My family & I really enjoyed the hike. Just be prepared with water. Though it seems like it would be a short hike, it is hot and it does take awhile. Snacks and other random things you might not normally bother to hike with, like tissues, are also a good idea for just-in-case scenarios. (For instance, my brother had a major nosebleed half-way through the hike, prob. b/c the extreme, dry heat. Tissues would have been nice...) Also, a compass might be useful, or using this gps trail map. Once you leave the first canyon, it is a little difficult to find the next canyon. Maybe directional signs have been added since we hiked it, but there weren’t any indications of where to go back when we hiked it.

The road getting to the trailhead is about 26 miles of washboard, gravel, sand and decent sized rocks. If you have a vehicle built for these conditions you can make it there pretty quick but we took our time to spare the wear and tear on our vehicle and it took us about 2 hours to get to the trailhead (from the paved road). When making the turnoff from the road to the trailhead most vehicles can make it to the first parking lot (about 1 mile) but the last mile plan on walking in cause the ruts in the road are very large.

As for the trail. The first portion of the trail is descending down into coyote canyon. From Here you will see about a 10 foot wall with some handholds, this will get you in to peek a boo gulch. From here you can take your time exploring the gulch. It gets pretty narrow towards the end. The gulch widens and ascends back up.

You then are above the ground for a while as you follow the cairns to spooky gulch.

Spooky gulch is much narrower than peekaboo and you are a lot further down. We were in this gulch around 5 PM and there was not a ton of light. Our saving grace was these reviews that stated about when you get to the obstruction of the trail by the rockslide. We found the opening on the left side. My husband went down first, then we used a rope to drop our bags down, then he helped me through. There is about a 9 foot drop down onto a flat and stable rock. At this point there is no turning back. The gulch gets EXTREMELY narrow and you have to carry your backpack for most of it. Just keep going because there is an end the the gulch eventually widens. The footing is not flat through the very narrow portion. You then follow the dried up riverbed back to coyote canyon.

I highly recommend downloading an offline map, that saved us from getting lost from peekaboo to spooky gulch. (We used the app maps.me). Thanks to the offline map keeping us on the trail took us about 3 hours including the 1 mile walk in from the first parking lot.

Bring lots of water!! This would be a difficult/scary hike to do alone!

Amazing views! Did this in June and it was HOT. One of the best hikes I’ve done, amazing slots. A little tricky point in Spooky you have to climb down- there were 4 of us and we had to assist, but might be difficult for some first timers. Went on a Friday around 10 am and wasn’t crowded at all. Would do again in a heartbeat.

Tons of spider webs!

We did this over the 4th of July. HOT and no shade!
It's a 30 mile drive on Hole in the Rock Rd, which takes 1 hour. It's not paved, but rather a dirt, sandy, bumpy road. You'll prefer a truck or SUV that has a higher clearance. Get your map ahead of time, as it is not clearly marked. You will find Cairns along the way in efforts to help, but know where you are going ahead of time.
We got lost trying to find Peek-a-Boo and Spooky, but didn't much care because everything was so beautiful.
After 3+hours we found Spooky and it was worth the long hot day. SO Frickin' Cool!! We went to Peekaboo next and then finally to the car. We ran out of water because we hadn't planned on the 5 hour day of full July Desert sun. A fabulous day, but longer and hotter than we expected due to having trouble finding the canyons.

** The best advice I've ever seen on here is this: Have a gallon of water in your car for when you are done. **

hiking
22 days ago

Amazing hike! You'll need a backcountry permit to do this hike. It's not maintained since you just follow the river upstream, but there is a definite trail to follow (unless you simply want to wade in the river the whole way). The current is not swift at all, and is actually stagnant in most places, so if you have water shoes go for it.

The Subway is at the very end of the hike, and can be slick since the water is now running over moss-covered rocks. The circular pools in the Subway offer a nice place to cool off after sweating all day! Although we saw a number of people rappelling with wet suits on! The water is certainly freezing in the Subway where it's shady (not nearly so for the rest of the hike).

The steep switchbacks at the beginning are the most difficult part of this trail. The rest of it is flat walking along the river, navigating boulders, trees, river crossings, etc. with little difficulty. Aside from the switchbacks, I would not rate this trail as hard. Although it is long.

Bring water shoes and clothes that can get wet! Also, mind the weather and don't enter the Subway if you hear thunder.

Four stars because this trail needs better signage. There are many confusing cairns, strange graffiti on rocks and a metal box containing trail notes with the ominous advice: “don’t trust the maps”. Also, check the weather multiple times and don’t take any chances. After all my research, obsessively checking the forecast and calling the shuttle company in Escalante about it, my group was still caught in a flash flood. Luckily we were rescued by said shuttle company and our own emergency supplies. We made it out with some scrapes and mild hypothermia. Here’s what we thought of the hike: we really loved Peekaboo and would do it again easily. Wish it had gone on for miles. Spooky was a different story. Puzzling out those boulders and dropping into that little hole underneath while thunder boomed above us was not ideal. We figured we had to go through it as quickly as possible and get the heck out of dodge. This slot is probably beautiful and a blast to go through when it’s a sunny warm day. On this morning it was dark and suffocating and it seemed like it would never end. We desperately shimmied through it and got pretty skinned up by the walls in the process. The rain and hail began shortly after we started ascending towards the parking area. Seeing the dirt red cascades of water pouring down the slickrock and into those canyons is a a chilling sight I will never forget. Thank god we weren’t in the slots. We were told after rescue that people die in that area every year, usually after wandering around lost in the heat. Bring your 10 essentials. Don’t go alone. Be safe out there folks.

hiking
24 days ago

Absolutely loved this hike. If you’re an experienced hiker this trail is extremely easy to navigate. If you are new to strenuous hikes with little trailheads then it’s best to buy a physical subway trail map at the zion visitor center; it helps tremendously and makes your trip more focused on the wonderful views this hike has to display. The coolest part was seeing ancient dinosaur tracks that lay on a slab of rock half way in the hike! So cool! The red waterfall and actual subway at the rendezvous was mind-blowingly beautiful. Make sure to bring plenty of snacks and plenty of water since it is about a 5-8 hour hike depending on how much time you spend at the subway. Couldn’t have asked for a better hike!

trail running
29 days ago

I love the ability to train on a technical, challenging trail within minutes of midtown KC. I can double and triple up my loops and feel like I’m off somewhere in the mountains.

nature trips
1 month ago

Such a beautiful hike, a bit long and exhausting but well worth it all. The falls inside the caves at the end are amazing and refreshing after that long hike.
Remember the trail back or you might get lost or turned around. A bit tricky towards the end but it’s doable.

Beautiful property and it was very peaceful! They have something for everyone to enjoy- an outdoor model train exhibit, beautiful flowers, peaceful fountains and many benches or lawn chairs for you to sit back and relax, as well as the nature trails to walk along.

I also appreciated that they had water stations full of ice water along the trails so you could top off your water bottle and stay hydrated on a hot day. It was also nice that the trails mostly had shade (the ones I went on mostly has shade from the trees). $3 was so worth it for the experience and I plan on coming again!

Definitely worth while - one of our favorites so far in Utah. We had a rental sedan - so we opted to pay for a shuttle from town. Saved time and worry of damaging the rental. There was a Camry (rental) at the trailhead - don’t know how they made it through a couple of the rough spots in the road. The hike itself was awesome. Go early on the weekend to avoid the crowd. Really appreciate the advise here on how to navigate the boulders on Spooky. Not sure we would have made it otherwise. We saw a small snake on the way back up to the trailhead - looked like a rattlesnake, did not get close enough to confirm.

This is an easy trail for those who want to get into hiking. The scenery is really on the back end. There are other trails nearby like Hickory Grove.

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful shady trail

My absolute favorite hiking trail in KC! Stunning scenery, flat stretches, rocky stretches, abandoned buildings, broad flora and fauna. Gorgeous and well maintained. However, definitely keep this app on you. Trail changes are not marked at ALL. Very confusing if you’re sticking to the 4.5. Otherwise, be prepared for more like 8. 

1 month ago

this a great short trail. I run it quite a bit and you can add some legs to get a good 3 miles. lots of shade so great when its hot. Almost always get to see some deer as well.

Nice walk through the “woods”. Like taking dogs on new adventures!

What a peaceful gem in the middle of the inner city. The trail system was fantastic, quiet and beautiful. The shade made the hike tolerable on a sweltering day. Wish we had brought our bikes because the trails would be amazing for mountain biking.
One warning, there is broken glass all over the parking area, make sure all valuables are hidden away. Also, there were hundreds of spider webs across the trail.

Best loop is Mill Creek to College.

Amazing amazing place... not to be missed
Easy enough hike, trail is well wide with not too much traffic

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