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1 day ago

Do not go without a permit. BLM and the sheriff check several times a day. The fine is huge not to mention federal court and the bad karma from doing the wrong thing to Mother Nature.

Protecting the wave and surrounding area is critical. It is fragile beauty.

It took us 8 months but we finally won a permit. The effort was worth it. No one can really describe the mind boggling beauty of this hike.

It is as though you are on another planet. Enter the lottery every month until you are awarded a permit. It is truly the golden ticket.

Sandy in areas which is exhausting. Take the detailed map you get with your permit. We used it way more than I thought we would. You are on your own out there.

The ranger will stop you and examine your permit. Writing down the details. They keep careful track of who is out there.

This place is amazing. Make sure not to hike in flip flops. I witnessed someone falling off the ladder because they did it in flip flops. This hike is kid friendly. The second ladder needs fixed. They charge you $8 to hike it and an additional $1 per hiker to process your card. So it's really $9....so dumb but the hikes worth it.

hiking
2 days ago

Had a wonderful hike with our family. Park for free and pay $8 per person for entrance. We went up both ladders and continued beyond the area where groups gather to play in the pool and slide down the waterfall/rock slide. We went probably another 0.5 miles up the creek -- probably the most scenic parts of the slot canyons with vertical walls and amazing colors and we had it all to ourselves. The ladders were tricky but manageable -- we had an adult go up and down right below our youngest (8 and 9). The ladder steps were placed fairly widely so it helped to have someone close to help with foot placement. We were there mid-July and enjoyed the cool water -- everyone was fine in water sandals (e.g, Keens)

Loved this hike! So beautiful and peaceful!! Bring water shoes!! Water is cold but refreshing! Pretty slippery too! We trail ran on the way back! Very easy! I don’t know how people bring small kids to hold though, I needed both hands to hold myself up in rocks and getting up the ladder! Very nice to take your time and enjoy the stream and waterfall!

Awesome hike, not sure when it ends though.

Beautiful 360 views the whole hike. Only saw 2 other people the entire time. Highly recommended.

Our group ranged in age from 4 to 69, avid hikers to couch potatoes and everyone LOVED it!!! We all would do it again!

great hike, did it with my 5 year old.

stop at the sweet spot for pan it and drinks.

This was maybe one of the most fun hikes I’ve done to date!!

Amazing!

Absolutely amazing! Breathtaking and worth every step!

One of my favorite trails!

This is a great hike! Fairly shaded most of the way, which is nice when it's hot! This hike is best in the summer because of the falls at the end is very temperature cool, and I would recommend water shoes or hiking sandals because you will walk through the water. It's a really fun hike, very beautiful place!

Love this hike. What a find just a few miles off the 15. Well worth the $9 entrance fee.

Easiest to jump in the creek and follow it up the canyon. Perfect for summer afternoon. Tracked it at approx. 2.7 miles and 1 hour to the 2nd ladder but I was moving at fairly quick pace. Appears trail continues quite a distance past the 2nd ladder with even taller canyon walls at some point but had to turn back before sunset. Will definitely return.

One of my favorite hikes so far. The waterfall was an amazing end to the hike.

Awesome hike! Definitely will do it again when we’re in the area

hiking
19 days ago

I think this might be my favorite hike to date! Go! You won’t be disappointed.

Great trail with beautiful views of the breaks, lots of wildflowers and wildlife

Did this trail on 26Jul18 @ around 11 am. There were only a couple of sketchy spots that upon first glance, didn't know if I could make it-2nd ladder was one of them. Made it to the end. Water was 3 ft deep in a couple of spots, but nice and refreshing with the hot temp. As everyone tells you, second ladder has a couple of loose steps. Be careful. All in all, 100% worth doing. 12 of 10 stars. *Note that this trail is ~2.7 miles one way and the full trail is longer than 5.

We did this hike today with our dog. Yes, with our dog. We asked at the payment booth and the guy working it said that dogs are allowed now, they just haven’t changed the signs. It was a good hike. Very beautiful and quite refreshing with all the water crossings. It was, however, a very busy trail. My husband went to the second ladder, but since we forgot the doggie back pack I stayed back with our pup. It was so busy, we couldn’t even get the iconic ‘falls with ladder’ photo because all we would have gotten were peoples butts as they descended the ladder.

Great hike! Water was cold but overall worth the time! Grandson who is 9 years old love it. In one part, waded in water that was thigh high. 2nd ladder was a bit scary but we made it. Will make this an annual event!

Was an awesome trail but would suggest big older kids...10 or up, maybe a little younger if you have an athletic child and have done some hikes before...otherwise was a neat little hike

The hike is absolutely beautiful and well worth it.

Great little hike! We were lucky to hit it on a drizzly day, crowds were leaving, didn't have to wait on ladders going down, only on first ladder coming up - waited 10+minutes for group with small children who were crying and paralyzed with fear trying to descend first ladder. Beautiful slot canyon, would have continued further if thunder and rain hadn't threatened us.

The views would be awesome all along the trail, but we only finished a small portion of it due to fear of heights!! Our recording shows us going in a very short distance taking a little over an hour. This is because we went on the weekend for the Wildflower Festival and went on a wildflower hike. The hike leader was very knowledgable about all the flora and fauna, which took time to stop at various flowers and plants to explain to us about the various natural elements of the park.

This was a really fun hike through water and slot canyons. There is parking at the bottom, and bathrooms at the parking and the beginning of the trailhead.
As of May 1st, 2018 they require permits to hike. You can get them online or just pay when you get there, they accept debit and credit on site. It's $8 per person 3 years old and up, plus a processing fee. There was a sign that said, "second ladder is loose, hike at your own risk". Also had a sign that said not to yell at them (which I didn't understand until I saw the ladder and read reviews about injured people).
I hate having to pay, but it was a really amazing hike. There were some trails toward the beginning that seemed to go everywhere. It was poorly labeled, just stay close to the water and you should be fine. I followed two different trails and they were both fine.
You will get wet if you go into the slot canyons and it was as deep as my stomach (I'm 5'3"). The first ladder was easy over the falls, about 1.6 miles in. The second ladder was not as easy. It was broken, missing steps, turns when you step on it, and the rope isn't tied down only at the top and it's worn out, not to mention it's slippery and wet. You would do a lot better bringing your own gear (there was a hook on the other side). But personally, I feel like if I'm paying to get in, I wish they would at least fix this. My 12 year old was able to get up and down with 2 adults helping, but it was too dangerous for me to send up my 7 year old (especially when groups of grown adults were turning around because it was too dangerous- really hard to get down), so we ended up turning around here. Disappointing..
I saw some people with dogs, I would suggest NOT bringing any pets or small children. My 7 year old was able to do it, but he's really athletic and we still had to pull him up onto rocks and help him through the deep waters. It was freezing. Also, I talked to some workers in Zion Adventures and they said the waters there are always freezing. You can buy neoprene socks to keep your feet warm for $30, used ones for $5. I would advise doing that if you plan on doing the whole hike because it was so cold it was painful at times.
We went around 8am, not a lot of crowds- 4 cars in the lot. We only ran into people in the canyons where there was a lot of back up because no one could get up that second "ladder". As we were leaving (around noon), there were about 25 more cars and the trails were getting pretty crowded.
I would suggest to wait to do this hike when the ladder is fixed or bring your own gear so you can get up the last fall safely.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail 2 years ago. A wonder! It’s the untouched backyard that mysteriously brings you back to the dinosaur era. 20 people per day are permitted, which means you won’t see any other human most of the time. Complete wilderness without any man made sign, so you have to notice the landscape then roam freely!

This was one of the best hikes I ever done! The views are beautiful, easy enough to tAke our 3 yr old in our back carrier.

Beautiful scenery and nice break from the heat since it's in a slot canyon. Trail could be better marked.

hiking
1 month ago

Outstanding trail. One of the best in Canyonlands or Arches. Went counterclockwise on the loop. The sights are amazing and you really do feel like you’re on another planet sometimes. The loop is almost completely exposed, so take the water requirements very seriously. Really took our time to enjoy (7 hours) and started at 6am / dawn. Only ran into one person on the first 10 miles and throughout the entire loop and he was a ranger going out to check on some back country campers. Saw about 10 people in the last mile and a half or so. No real difficult parts, moderate climbing, just long and very hot. There were 4 of us dad, mom and teenage son and daughter. We’re in pretty good shape and went out with 15 liters of water between us and had about 2 liters left at the end.

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