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What an awesome hike! If you have a four wheel Drive you can access the parking lot just above the trail. Pretty easy hike for someone in shape
And trail savvy. Some tight spots in a couple of the slots but amazing. Beautiful day, great weather! Went in the fall. Highly recommend

11 days ago

One of our favorites. Never busy, unless the government shutdown causes arches to be closed... Would recommend you stay left and head towards the big skinny tower, you'll end up hiking/climbing up next to the right of it, then follow the trail to the arch. If you go counterclockwise on the loop, you won't see the arch until you are about 300 yards from it. Take lots of water in the summer, uphill mostly the whole way in.

if you may not be able to return to Moab, Hell's Revenge is a must.

backpacking
1 month ago

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!

What a great day! This trail will test your rig and your skills. Made it through in our stock 2DR Rubicon JL today without a scratch. Trailer hitch and rear tow hook touched only in a couple spots.

Bucket list: Check!

Came here with the UTV after going through Fins. Would definitely recommend 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.

We went with a large group of 18 razors. I unknowingly was lead into hells gate. But with my little 800s two seater made it up with no problems. Absolutely amazing.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is really great. I was the only person on the trail today. I found the reviews here to be helpful so I will refrain from writing too much. My only add is why you should go left when you get to the loop. Going in this direction will give you the view of Jeep Arch for much longer and you’ll get the view of the La Sal mountains after you hike over the “saddle”. The saddle does look more intimidating coming from the left, but know that it’s a lot thicker than it appears hiking up to it. Enjoy!

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

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!

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.

2 months ago

Most overrated slot canyon. Skip it and head to the spooky gulch

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.

I loved hells revenge! Had great terrain and beautiful views everywhere you looked. Here’s the video of when I did it in July this year.

https://youtu.be/CsGJnBBUasM

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

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

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!!

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!

Incredible hike; wishing I would have looked at this before I started. Waist high water, narrow, but mild. Some of the most beautiful slot canyons I'll ever see. Fantastic.

This trail is tough to get to. You will off-road for at least 6 miles so make sure you got a vehicle that can handle it. Once you get to the trailhead you have to hike through a mile and a half of sand (we did it in June- I don’t recommend). There was tons of animal feces and you have to do assisted lifts to get over some rocks towards the slots. The trail is empty though and there are some really pretty slots, especially if you are there the right time of day. Beautiful views at certain points. But you WILL CLIMB. I would travel at least 3 deep with this trail. And bring plenty of water and snacks. You won’t want to carry much else though because there are tight points to get through and we did a lot of assisting.

This is not the Red Canyon (aka Peek-a-boo Canyon), where the trailhead is on US-89 about 10 miles north of Kanab, Utah.

hiking
3 months ago

Zebra was very narrow, water about Waist deep, about 2/3 of the way got so narrow I turned back, one person got through that spot and the Canyon was beautiful red strips, first part was pretty too, We meet other hikers and went in back of Tunnel Canyon which we liked better not as narrow and not as much water, followed River mostly back.

3 months ago

2.6 miles to Canyon entrance, took little over an hour going in. Water was almost waist deep & cold. Canyon it got too narrow for me & I went back, one person in our group got through that spot to area of red strips.
We meet other hikers and followed them to back of Tunnel Canyon, lower water level and not as narrow, easy to get through, then followed river bed (mostly) back to car.

backpacking
3 months ago

As the reviewer before me stated, the difficulty is very subjective. It’s as hard as you make it! I carried in 2 gallons of water and still wished I had a little more, but not sure if it’s worth the extra weight! I conserved and took my last sip 100 feet from where I was parked! Remember hole in the rock road is 2 hours of dirt and no services, so make sure you have lots to drink waiting for you in your vehicle! Then hit Nemo’s in Escalante!

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