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The bristle cone pines are amazing!!! Beautiful trees contrast against a stark landscape creating a wonderful journey. An easy walk/hike of 4 miles with a modest 500 ft of elevation gain on the way back. Very few people on the trail most walked to the first overlook for a photo, some went s far as spectra point but few traveled the 2 miles to rampart overlook. 25 campsites at the monument and plenty to do in the area. A great rest day on our Utah journey

Went on this hike Sunday the 16th. We’re really amateurs at this stuff. Few hairy spots but u can figure it out. The hike was very hot and glad we had enough water.. The surroundings were beautiful and really peaceful. It took us a good 4 hours to complete. Drive as far as u can down past the parking lot-it will save a lot of sweat. There was water in the rocks not much. I’m 5’1 and it was up to my waist. Glad there was not more! Bless the souls that left the rope! Bless the souls that make it easier for others to enjoy too.

I just spent the last week hiking in Utah and Colorado and this hike was my favorite hike! A must do if you are in Goblin Valley!!

The hike has great views, some decent shade from the afternoon sun and a great ability to explore the area around the trail. Will definitely be doing this trail again in the future.

Stay at Goblin Valley Campgrounds if you can - great spot to camp, with plenty of room, showers and a cool little visitor center with some nice treats to buy.

Fantastic, one of my top five ever! I did it alone and haven't seen anybody else there, which wasn't a good idea, as there's some danger in falling in some of the technical parts. You must get wet (I'm 6'4" and it got to my knees 09/10/18), so a pair of sandals in your backpack will prevent you from walking in soking shoes.

First half of the trail is very hot and dusty. Cools off substantially when you hit the narrows and the shade. Lots of hiking through water, sometimes almost waist deep. The best part of the trail comes after you get past the first ladder. That first ladder is quite dangerous so climb carefully and make sure your footing is secure. The trail was closed after the second ladder because there was some sort of accident involving it the prior weekend. It looked much scarier than the first ladder. Overall, amazing hike with spectacular views.

This hike was beautiful once you get past the dirt road going in you'll be hiking in and out of the water so please wear the right footwear. walking through the Narrows with a beautiful red rock is breathtaking.

This hike is beautiful! There are a couple of challenging spots, the second ladder is a bit unsettling. Water feels good! I don’t recommend wearing flip flops. Something water proof and sturdy. This hike is definitely one to do again!

September 7th, Incredible hike! The color contrast and sounds combine for an amazing experience. It’s an easy hike with two gorgeous waterfalls inside a slot canyon. We hiked just past the second of the waterfall and then turned around. The entire hike took just under 3 hours from the parking lot (we took our sweet time because of the incredible vistas). Highly recommend it.
Only complaints are the $9 per person fee can get steep for a large family and of course that no dogs are allowed, I get it, but still.

One of my favorite hikes of all time. Walking through the river in a slot canyon. Deep in some places. I'm 5'8" got up to mid thigh. This hike starts off slow but once you start the river nothing short of amazing.

We went in the middle of august in between thunder storms (I know, don't do that it can be dangerous) They charged as $9 at the base because people have been vandalizing, crushing vegetation, having fires, and littering. So they are hoping the fee will deter those types of shenanigans. I SUPPORT THAT. It is a pretty easy hike. You'll come up to your first slot canyon after a little ways, in there will be the first ladder. The ladder is sturdy but can be a little shaky and slippery so just be careful. After the first ladder there is a series of pools. If you keep hiking you will come up to another slot canyon. The water here got up to my bellybutton at some points (I am 5'7"). In the second slot will be a second ladder. This one is wooden and VERY rickety. The base log is sturdy but the rungs can be swiveled around and there is one missing near the top leaving a large gap. The ropes attached though are stable and a HUGE help. Honestly, I wouldn't go much father past the second ladder, I dare say that I would stop at the ladder. After that it just gets skinnier and skinnier. My friends and I hiked it for 4 hours and never found a "ending destination" so save yourself the trouble and stop at the second ladder.

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14 days ago

This was an amazing experience...We went on a cold, rainy, somewhat snowy day in March. We are so thankful that we hired a guide out of Kanab who had a vehicle that could get in and out. Rain on clay is almost worse than ice in Minnesota. The weather did not dampen the experience and the weather cleared just as we arrived at the Wave. We are glad that we dressed in weather appropriate layers. We received our lottery ticket in the online drawing 3 months ahead....and there were almost 300 in line the day before. So it really is the luck of the draw.

Went up to this on Aug. 24th, 2018. Beautiful hike, wearing tennis shoes, water is cold initially but you get accustomed to it once you walk a while. There is actually a third waterfall further back and the trail connects to a dirt road, (Lower basin road). If you take the dirt road to the left it will bring you back to the north end of Kanarraville.

Definitely recommend this hike, such beautiful scenery!!!

I took two five year olds on this hike - only to the Spectra Point Lookout. I LOVED it! Nice stretches right along the cliffs (yes, keep an eye on your kids) and some nice stretches in the woods. So many incredible views. Bang for your buck, this was a great hike with my littles.

Beautifull hike but quite streneous. After crack in the rock it was hard to find a passable trail. A couple of German hikers we met gave up there. We went up the rocks to find a passage. After it gets better but still not much of a trail. Took us 8h overall to do the loop. probably can be done faster by experienced hikers. Get out of the canyon was tough, especially for my companion who is a bit scared of heights. Better not underestimate that part. I was glad I brought: a gps, rope, water filter (We drank 11 liters). Otherwise great hike! Enjoyed it.

Beautiful hike! Make sure you bring water shoes and maybe a pair of shoes to change into after. This hike was fun. You go back and forth in and out of the water til you get up to the waterfall. My feet got really cold initially so I sat down once I got to the waterfall. I ate some lunch and let them thaw out for the way back down and I was fine. Very pretty hike and it was fun to go thru the water

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1 month 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.

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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.

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