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hiking
16 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
17 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.

fantastic hike..

on The Subway Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Did this fun hike yesterday. I started at 6:30a with a headlight and finished around 2:30p, stopping often to set up camera on tripod for photos. I never saw another person. I wore neoprene socks over wools socks and feet were toasty. Neoprene pants kept me warm, with just polypropylene longsleeve and soft shell vest. Water knee-deep but there are very few spots that necessitated actually getting into water. I didn’t explore too far into the actual Subway slot as I was solo and the rocks were pretty darn slippery there and water was deeper. Going back again next week with a friend and will probably explore deeper into canyon. The 1/4 mile climb back up at the end is challenging but it’s fun to divert attention by looking for Moqui marbles! There are thousands of them. I will definitely go earlier in season next year to get the autumn colors in my pictures.

Did counterclockwise and the only part not ABSOLUTELY breathtaking (but still nice surroundings) was the final leg on rim trail to get back to sunrise point where I was parked. It was 0 at sunrise and rose to high 30s so I was sweating during the hike — so later/pack appropriately (for all hikes)

hiking
5 days ago

Fun playful trail and scenic destination. If I wasn’t hiking solo I would have tried going a little further into the slots once it became shoulder depth pools. Most of the river was at most knee depth but most of the time not actually walking in it but switching from one side thru to the other. Being the second week of December only 4-5 permits were requested which made you feel like the trail was all yours. Rented neoprene socks and dry suit for 2 days since I did Narrows the next day and rental is 50% second day. Didn’t need the top til the Narrows so I just tied the sleeves around my waist so I wouldn’t have to bother exchanging pants for suit for day 2

Great hike. We started at 7 am and finished by 2 pm. No wild life . Saw 2 birds and 1 fish

I love exploring slot canyons. What I like about this trail is that when hiking the loop you hike through several different slot canyons. Non of them look alike. Each has their own uniqueness. I enjoyed hiking counterclockwise. I got some great pictures.

I did this trail 2 days ago without really knowing what I was getting myself into. My two friends had a permit they got months ago and I added onto it the day before which was great but I didn’t have the opportunity to do much research. The other reviewers on here are really down playing the difficulty level of this trail. With numbers like 7 miles and 1200’ of elevation change I thought this would be a breeze but I was happily surprised by the challenging terrain. After the 400’ incline getting down the canyon you are in and out of walking in the river, along with constantly climbing over boulders the entire way up. The way back kept the fun going until you get back to the wall you have to climb up to get out of the canyon. This hike was a challenge that I enjoyed every minute of! Definitely now one of my all time favorite hikes. I was very happy I rented dry pants and neoprene socks for this trail although at the beginning I questioned if that decision was really necessary. I am usually a fast hiker but this trail took me a full 8 hours with very few breaks!

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

Ended up doing clockwise but was still amazing. I wasn’t aware that part of the trail is actually in designated park wilderness. Not a big deal. Trail is super easy to follow. Was not crowded in the least.

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?

hiking
29 days ago

A very fun trail, good for almost any level of experience hiker. The initial decent into the canyon is he only “hard” part that could be challenging on the way back up. But for any reasonably fit person it’s super fun. We did it two days before thanksgiving and rented dry socks, boots, and dry pants which I think was totally worth it to be able to walk through the water and play around. It was about 40-50 degrees and just a tiny bit cold on the feet but once you’re moving we stayed very warm and we’re not at all uncomfortable. There were people that did it with regular boots on and managed to stay dry it just takes a little longer to navigate around the water at times. In terms of timing it took us about 5 hours to complete. Started at 8am and finished around 2pm. We stopped to take photos about 3 times for approximately 10 minutes each time and a 20 minute lunch break. Would love to come back and do this in the summer!!!

hiking
29 days ago

We hiked a total of 9 miles round trip. House on Fire was beautiful. The hiking is easy, pretty much flat, however, the trail is occasionally hard to follow near the end. It truly feels like a sacred place (I’m not religious)
especially when you think of those who lived here and what their lives may have been.

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.

We started at Wall Street and made our way to queens garden, then back up to the rim. Wall Street was absolutely amazing and better in person than seeing photos! I’m so glad we decided to visit Bryce. It was a bit steep finishing the hike up to the rim but it probably would have been harder hiking the other way around - finishing with Wall Street. We hiked Nov 14, 2018 and it was chilly but we warmed up easily. And I was surprised how busy it was considering how empty North Rim was at the Grand Canyon the day prior.

Awesome hike through the hoodoos! We started with Queens Garden Loop and ended going up Wall Street (kindof by accident— missed Najvajo somehow). It was a tough climb out of there but so much fun! Incredible scenery!!

Beautiful to visit early morning with the rising sun!

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!!

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.

Gorgeous! The Wall Street portion was still open when we visited last week and it was one of our favorite parts of the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike did not disappoint! started at 9 am and finished by 430, but we really really took our time. the weather was gorgeous and our hiking boots and smart wool socks were fine for the hike. perhaps bring an extra pair of socks or get neoprene if youre worried. this time of year the water didnt even touch our ankles. be prepared to climb and navigate
the hike is not too difficult but definitely is technical. also, be prepared to work your butt off when Climbing back out.

one of my favorite hikes ever

hiking
1 month ago

Another wonderful hike in Zion. This was a long day hike. We felt the warnings that came with this hike might have been overkill. “Route finding required” basically just means there isn’t a paved path; there’s multiple paths braiding both sides of the river. Other than the hike in and out of the valley, the hike is not challenging, but it is still a long day.

The subway was rad, and a main reason for visiting Zion. It’s a must do trip if you can get a permit.

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.

This was definitely hard. And it’s more like 8.5 miles. I started at Sunrise Point where I watched the sun rise before heading counterclockwise down the Tower Bridge trail. There are definitely more hoodoos on the amphitheater side than on the Fairyland Canyon side. The trail takes you down to Tower Bridge (a formation that really looks like Tower Bridge in London) and up Boat Mesa, then back down and around through Fairyland Canyon. It ends with a somewhat easy 2.7 mile hike on the Rim Trail.

Water in the slot kept it interesting.
Be prepared with neoprene socks and dry cloths for the hike out. Amazing texture in the rocks

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

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