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By far one of the best hikes I’ve ever been on. The views are unbelievable.

A few notes:

We spoke to a ranger in the cannonsville station to grab permits to camp near the Egypt trailhead. Told her we were going to the cathedral, through the fence canyon route. She suggested we took a different route, which only required 1 river crossing rather than 5.

Once we were at the trailhead we decided to go for the fence canyon route since we had a gps with it loaded on. Trail is tough, and navigation skills are necessary. Scope out the best spots to cross the river at each point. Was about thigh-waist high deep at its deepest point in early March.

After the 5th river crossing we were like screwwwww this, so we decided to go the route the ranger suggested to us on the way back.
Cross the river just south of the neon canyon entrance and walk directly away from the dome that signals the entrance of the canyon. After that, you’ll feel like you’re lost in the desert for an hour or so, but you’ll easily be able to locate the final ascent to the TH. Lots of ups and downs, but Definitely worth going this route over fence canyon if you aren’t feeling a bunch of river crossings.

Overall, 10/10 hike, 10/10 views, one hell of an adventure.

This is a must do! Experience hiking and rock climbing does help. Bring a rope/strap just in case and plenty of water. I don't recommend going alone. Best route is up Peek-a-boo and then down Spooky. If you have time take a stroll up Dry Fork to see the varied rocks and for the solitude.

Hiked 02/21/18. I checked the weather conditions prior to starting by visiting the Escalante Interagency visitor center (I called the number multiple times but no one answered so keep that in mind if that happens to you). The ladies there informed me that there was a large ice cold water puddle right in front of the Peek a boo entrance. they stated that since there is water there, there is most likely water within the a lot canyon as well. My bf and I wanted to try anyways... so we took the chance and headed out on the drive. It's an hour drive to the entrance. We had. four wheel large car so we were able to get close to the starting point. LOAD ALL TRAILS MAP BED
FORE LOSING SIGNAL. This saved our butt from not getting lost. Anyways, we started with Peek-a-boo based on reviews on here. Sure enough there was a huge 12x13 water puddle that was shin deep in front of the 12ft steep rock we had to climb. My bf went first and we rough rope so he was able to lift me up with the rope. I have leg strength but zero upper body strength. He is 27yo male and i am 26yo female. So bring rope just in case!! I couldn't have climbed that without help. We took our shoes off to get through the water and yes it was cold but worth it! there were only two other small water puddles in the canyon after that. the rest of the hike was great. lots of fun, problem solving and pictures taken. Definitely do this hike- it's so fun!'

Hiked it 3/6/18. In total it took about 4 hours to complete. It was challenging, but not overwhelming.

Really would like to try it in the summer.

This. So wonderful. Some good work to get to the top, and you’ll be pleasantly rewarded. Took about 3 hours to summit and 1 hour to descend. I’d love to night hike this in the summer.

Attempted a climb just yesterday and the trail was pretty accessable. there were places where spikes were very useful. On the approach to the final climb snow shoes are required. My buddy brought his but I didn't so we ended up having to turn back. Another hiker on their way down said that he got to the base of the final climb but there was steep ice covered by snow that just slid away so we had to turn back. Those looking to summit this time of year need spikes, snow shoes, and actual crampons / ice axes.

hiked this in 2012...it was meant to be a thru hike but partner got sick so we had to leave right about the half way point. I went back 2 years later and finished it. One of the crown jewels in US places to backpack.

The red castle really is worth all the hype. The trail is pretty level and never steep, but the trail surface was trash from all the horse traffic, and really wore my feet out, so wear good shoes. There were moose along the lake. When we went the last weekend in August, it rained for a little bit but it was fine. There were also about a couple hundred sheep being run late at night from east red castle down the valley so that was... interesting. You’ll also pass lots of cows on your way there and the trail appears to be more popular with horse packers than backpackers. So it was more like the High Uintas Farm than a wilderness... still worth it to camp under the red castle.

Such a great morning to be on Grandeur. This was my first time up the backside and it was nice and gradual compared to the steep climbs on the valley face. Lots of friendly people on the trail and the dog owners were very respectful (much appreciated). I used spikes for the last 1/4 mile, more just to use them as I lugged them up there, and are not necessary but helpful. Arrived at the summit 10 min before sunrise for some great pics of the sun peaking it's head out. Great views

Went up early afternoon, south facing slopes are slushy and got my socks wet but no big deal, spikes would be useful on the last 100 yards of the summit but not necessary. Otherwise fun hike w/ great views

This is the single most impactful trail I've ever experienced. The JMT, when done it its 211 mile entirety, will yield lifelong cherished memories. Its not easy, and you must do months of preparation. Its beauty is absolutely breathtaking. I cannot recommend this trail highly enough. Six stars.

Nice hike. I was surprised by a large group of Ultra Marathon runners running for the RUFA 2018 run. Very nice group of extreme runners. Trail was icy and snowy up top and spikes were definitely needed. Took me 1:40 to reach Peak

1 month ago

Good hike 2/10/18. Little bit of snow, cloudy, lots of trail runners. Microspikes handy. Saw numerous people slipping and falling on their ass.

Great hike yesterday. Spikes would be nice at the top, but not needed. Crazy hiking in Feb with it 60 degrees.

Did this hike 4 days ago and the ice was minimal, although there were a few sections where spikes were a godsend (esp on the way down). Gorgeous views, as always, but this was my first time doing any kind of winter summit so I was extra stoked. Beautiful views at the top!!

My wife, two small kids (6 and 8), and i hiked this during one of the warmest winters in history and there was still a lot of ice. Not a very hard trail but you will need something to deal with the very slick conditions. Plenty of photo opportunities, gorgeous views, but come prepared.

This Hike is my most favorite hike all year.  They river is amazing in the spring.  It is about 30 feet across, and it winds and turns along the trail, and creates gorgeous scenery.  The Horse tail falls are breathtaking and so incredible, but I think they are probably missed by many that come up.   It is called dry creek, so I am worried what happens to this river later on in the year.  I have a feeling that it is pretty seasonal, and when the snow finishes melting, then the river becomes less dramatic.
   To get to the hike, take the Alpine exit.  Travel East on Timpanogos Hwy to 5300 W (Alpine Hwy).  Turn East (right) on 200 N to 200 E and turn North (left) on 200 E. When the road forks take Grove Dr. Turn right on Box Elder Drive. 
We took the main left trail down to the river. The river is wide and so windy that it was gorgeous to watch. We walked along the river for 5-10 minutes, and then found a a few logs to cross the river. Do not cross the river if this is slippery or not safe. The trail on the right side of the river also goes up to the falls, and gets closer to first waterfall then the trail on the north of the river. The trail is narrow and is very windy, but has enormous charm because of the moisture of the air, and the area being so lush and beautiful. There are many pines, oaks, and wild flowers. The trail is almost soft at times from all the pine needles. There were times when the trails was a little steep, but there always seemed to be something close to grab to help from sliding. There was only one spot of the trail that I thought was a little dangerous. The trail headed down at a steep angle right towards a cliff into the river, but you can grab lots of things and take it slow to make sure you stay safe. I'm sure the trail will soon detour away from this area. It took us about an hour and a half to make it to the waterfalls. It was on the right side of river falling off the cliff. We were so excited that we made it to the waterfall, that we almost stopped. My husband had viewed this area from google earth, and he wanted to make sure there was not more, and just up a little further is the most amazing waterfall. It reminded me of the beautiful Oregon Waterfalls. I fell in love with it a little more for it has the same characteristics as the windy trail, and the windy river, for the waterfall falls forever while it twists and turns. This is an absolutely stunning falls. I can't wait to go back.
The hike on the north side is difficult, but amazing. It does get tricky and dangerous with 2 things on the north side of the river. First, getting close to the falls feels dangerous no matter how I go down. People have died here, so be careful. Second, one of the times I went up here, we lost the trail for a good 15 minutes. We just couldn't find the Carin to get back on the trail to head back. We finally spotted it hidden in the back of a little clearing with a fire pit in the center. Just pay attention to the Carins if you brave the north side.
The hike is approximately 3 hours round trip. 

great hike

Really fun hike, way down was real slick cause of all the snow. But deffinetly worth the trip

Awesome hiking. Some snow and ice spots so walking stick or ski pole would be very helpful. Falls were beautiful and didn’t see a single other person on the trail (it was Thursday morning however).

A couple inches of snow covered the ice and we only used microspikes on the way down for a little extra traction. Amazing hike.

Awesome hike. Definitely a workout. A lot of ice. Micro spikes work well. Some mud

Only went up to Lone Rock but the view was great there. Just so AllTrails users know, the road is closed for the season about a mile and a half before the trail head, so bear that in mind. Also the trail was quite muddy and slick towards the beginning of the ascent.

I am not a poet. Words cannot describe how humbling gods work is. Over every peak, the trail gets more beautiful.

on Notch Peak Trail

2 months ago

4X4 definitely needed to get there. Amasa Basin OHV trailhead was nice for some civility. Minimal snow as of Jan 14, 2018. Great canyon hike for the first bit, nice juniper forest up higher. You'll need a little technical skill and route finding. Head up the opposite peak for great photos of your summit, and the cliff. Bring way too much water with you.

Did this hike in 5th grade and planning on doing it again this year! It was an amazing experience and such great scenery. But extremely difficult and can be tough to follow if you do not have an experienced hiker with you.

Really icy this time of year. Have some spikes on hand. It ended up being about 7.5 miles round trip. Saw a moose off the trailhead. Beautiful views

on Highline Trail

2 months ago

My son and I along with his friend Isaac hiked the trail in 2016.
Here is a video clip from our hike.

Pack light and take sun screen, fishing pole, water bottle that purifies and, take the InReach Explorer for communicating and GPS. With it I was able to communicate with my wife by email and it tracked our course every 20 minutes and posted it on Facebook for those that wanted to follow us on the map.

2 months ago


One of the most beautiful sections of the PCT

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