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scramble
1 month ago

Loved this place! The hike into the canyon was pretty hot and dry, and the “scree field” climb down is more just a bunch of steep, well-marked trails through boulders. The river was really high, muddy, and difficult to cross, but felt great wading through. We camped in Lost Canyon, which had a perfect amount of fairly fresh water, lots of LOUD frogs, and a few boulders falling near us at night

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

I had a good time, first solo backpacking trip. The actual area was beautiful. However the main trail was mostly over grown and I spent most of my time hiking through the actual gulch itself. A lot of water, sometimes knee deep, great for a filter. Also at times you will be wading through very tall plants. I would recommend bringing gaiters and a lot of bug spray. All in all a very beautiful time.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

really effing hard, never attempt the trail during the hours of 9 am to 5pm. you must leave at 6 am or 6 pm. My dog barley made it and bushwhacking is a serious way of navigation during the dark canyon adventure, you never know where your path will filter out to. This is a 3 plus day trip, do not attempt in 2 days. Travel as light as possible and bring a gallon of water no matter what. Simply stunning and amazing hike but definitely not for a beginner hiker:)

backpacking
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

Spent a few days in the canyon and with all the side trips I did, I logged 40mi over 2 nights / 3 days. As someone else mentioned, there isn’t really a trail. I was mostly walking on animal trails or boot worn paths after the GG/Bullet confluence. Lots of down trees and overgrown vegetation all along the Gulch. At one point, I gave up on finding a dry route, put on my Tevas and just walked in the water which sometimes was knee deep. Challenging hike but beautiful. Wouldn’t recommend it to a beginner. Please remember that all artifacts, rock art, and the ruins themselves are protected by law. It is illegal to remove artifacts, mark or write on the rocks, or damage the ruins. Violations of the Archeological Resources Protection Act can result in stiff penalties, including heavy fines and jail sentences. Visit with respect! Questions? carlos@outdoorlos.com

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Challenging 10 mile loop entering via Slickhorn Canyon #1 and returning via Slickhorn #2. We had detailed directions to Perfect Kiva, which was amazing. Difficult return climbing out with lots of bouldering and several back tracks to get above pour-overs. Used GPS to cross the Mesa back to car. Probably works better as an overnight or multi-night to enjoy the whole Canyon.

hiking
4 months ago

My family and I hiked as far as the ruins at the confluence of Kane Gulch and Grand Gulch in April 2019. Round trip was 9.8 miles. The first mile of the trail had not been fully restored after the spring runoff so a few easy detours were required. After the first mile, just follow the rock cairns to stay on the trail. Note that at this time of the year, Kane Creek was flowing with a decent amount of water. The trail crosses the creek numerous times so it’s pretty likely you’ll end up with wet shoes if the creek is flowing (the rangers warned us of this possibility). Hiking sandals would have been ideal. After descending into the gulch, this is a beautiful hike. The rock formations on either side of the gulch become more and more dramatic the further you go. At the Grand Gulch confluence, the ruins are easy to spot and are really interesting to explore. Definitely worth the trip down the gulch - we’d absolutely do it again!

We did Bullet to the entrance of Grand Gulch. Unfortunately, Grand Gulch was running very high and the trail was just too muddy and sloppy to continue. So we went back up Bullet instead. Bullet is a non-technical hike with some bouldering, but nothing serious. The trail has lots of cairns and is worn well enough that it would be hard to get lost. Water was plentiful this time of year!

There is no real trail here, you’re fording wherever possible so the mileage isn’t exact and it doesn’t account for the side trips to the many ruins. Our group put in around 30 miles over three days with all of the side trips. The water is higher than normal and water proof boots were very helpful at the many crossings, jumping over the creek. Water is very plentiful right now and the springs are reliable. Water shoes might be a good idea but the work to go directly through the wash may be a little more than you bargained for with the deep mud in some spots.

Whoa! Just did this trail in 3 days. Absolutely amazing with the ruins, rocks and warming spring temps. Lots of water.... bring water shoes and gators are nice to. It's a slog through the Grand Gulch from below Kane to the confluence with Bullet. Slow going but worth every second. Plan for cold weather at night in the spring down in the canyon.

off trail
scramble
6 months ago

Beautiful hike, but not much of a "trail". Use GPS and the map or landmarks. You can see your start and endpoint for most of the hike so it would be difficult to get very lost.

We spent three days and two nights backpacking. Many ruins to explore right along the trail or a short ways from the trail. There also many up higher in the cliffs that could also be explored if you are not afraid of heights. You will need better directions to the springs than just the Nat Geo Trails Illustrated map to find the springs. Even with the low December temperatures there were several pools of water that were not frozen. If you go this time of year it's not a bad idea to top off you water when you find a good source. There are a few sections where the trail travels through thick brush and the trail gets very hard to follow. in these sections the main drainage is also blocked by down trees crossing the stream bed. Because of this there are multiple paths to choose from. Some of these path are much better that other path so sometime you have to back track a was to find a better way through. It's also not a bad idea to do a web search to learn about the locations of the major ruins along the way. We saw only 6 day hikers and 5 backpackers in the three days and every one of these were near the Grand Gulch-Bullet Canyon confluence.

backpacking
Friday, July 27, 2018

DOG OWNERS BEWARE! This is an amazing trail for backpacking but I really regret bringing my dogs. There were some dogs on the trail that seemed to do okay but their paws must have been well conditioned for the desert (we live in Colorado and my dogs paws were only used to shaded mountain hiking). The slope into the canyon is a steep hike with a lot of rock scrambles and loose rock and getting my very athletic dog to the bottom was one of the most miserable experiences of my life. His pads were sliced up and bloody by the time we got down and it took a few days of rest and healing before he could stand up and make it out of the canyon. Unless your dog is very used to these conditions or wearing booties I would recommend leaving the pups at home. Again some dogs out there appeared to be okay but if you're questioning how your dog will do I'd suggest leaving them behind or going somewhere else. But for humans........amazing and challenging hike!

backpacking
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Stunning !!!! very challenging! have to go back

backpacking
Thursday, April 12, 2018

This was chalk full of ruins and rock art! The hike itself wasn’t a lot of elevation gain but long. We Stayed overnight 2 nights. Water is scarce even in the spring so make sure you bring a good water filter. I could see this getting really hot in the summer. We got a little lost before Sheiks canyon and if I ever did this again I’d make sure I had a gps that I could run constantly. Seriously amazing to see all the ancient ruins. Also people were few and far between which was great. We only saw two other people on our second day.

An amazing place to experience, with limited people and ample water at the end of March. I detoured off course to spend the first night at the mouth of Green House Canyon, 2.5 miles west from the confluence of Bullet and Grand, before getting water at Green House Spring and then backtracking to complete the route. Four days seemed about right for this trip, in which I logged a total of 38 miles in-canyon with my planned detour and numerous side trips to the Anasazi ruins along the way.

hiking
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Hiked mid December. No rain, temps from the mid 20s to low 50s and dry. Frozen streams easily crossed. Due to shorter daylight hours, impending snow storm and time exploring exquisite Junctions Ruins, we hiked only as far as the junction. Beautiful canyon. We’ll return to hike and explore further.

Great trail. Give yourself 4 days to do the trip. There are a ton of side hikes to different ruins that you won't want to miss. Also be sure to fill up water every opportunity you get. We were drinking out of scarcely found puddles the entire trip.

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