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7 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike that is worth it at the end. Beware though - the trail is really hard to find, nonexistent if anything and I got lost in the swell at least 2-3 times making this more of a "moderate to difficult" hike versus "easy" on the way back I found the "easy" route that I'd classify as more "moderate" due to having to scramble in a few places.

I hiked with my lab (large dog, about 70lbs) that I had to help on/off steep places so I'd recommend the dog wearing a harness if you bring them. Lots of little pools of water in the swell for her to jump in and cool off for a drink.

The trailhead is also kind of hard to find, there's lots of "unsigned dirt roads" in this area, so just follow google maps and try to find the one that heads closest to the gps coordinates. Also not much cell service so have the coordinates keyed up before you lose signal.

This was our family's first time in this canyon, although my son had been the year before with his scout group. We went up Ding and down Dang, which I would probably recommend for the easier route.

Ding was perfect for our group of 6, age range 9-60. Great bouldering, and just a fun adventure hike. Dang was definitely more difficult, and my son said it was harder that he remembered from last year. There were quite a few boulders wedged in the narrow slot canyon with vertical drops between 10-15 feet on the other side. Luckily my husband was able to come this time and he helped us navigate over them, with only a few tears of panic from the younger ones.  I definitely wouldn't have wanted to try that on my own, but it was awesome.

Everyone had a great time after we got through the hairy spots, and I think we would absolutely do it again. If you aren't an experienced rock climber, or at least fairly brave, I would recommend going with someone who is, just in case you have to climb over they way we did.

Weather was perfect & the canyon was bone dry which was a nice surprise.

GPS tracks this at 9 miles. Did this today (1-5-18) and it was jaw-dropping, incredible slot canyons and towering rock walls. weather was nice and beauty was overwhelming!! i can't recommend it more.

Went on 11-11-17 and there was no water to wade thru. I would rate it as difficult simply because 8 miles is rather long and there were many times I had to scramble up/down so it was a full body workout. Not to mention a lack of signs and markers so thank goodness Alltrails works even though there was no service out there! Finished in 3.5 hours because I was worried about it getting dark and I was solo.

As far as slot canyons are concerned, this is the easiest we have ever done! However, it still posed some challenges. We took little wild horse in, and intended to come out bell (more on that in a later paragraph).

We went in early October, 5 days after a rain storm and we still needed to navigate through 1 1/2 - 3 feet of water. Most people turned back because getting wet waist deep in VERY cold water was too much. Not dangerous perse, but my 10 year old complained of numb toes for a good 10 minutes after we got through all the different water sections.

The cistern at the beginning of the hike was more than 6 feet full of water (my husband fell in and learned the hard way) so hang to the left and go up the trail if you want to avoid a full body soak.

You have to scramble the rocks to get out of little wild horse, and when you climb out of the cave like crack the correct path goes over some rocks and continues west. But, there are some yellow ribbons and cairns that elude that the trail goes south. The south ribbon and cairns take you to a bunch of overlooks. We got lost for 2 hours up top because we kept following cairns and didn't understand they were a side ventures for a long while. So, now being 4 hours in, we decided to go back out little horse instead of finishing the loop, and I decided I would warn other hikers to keep heading west! :)

Fun hike, and gorgeous!! Did Little Wildhorse first and then turned into Bells Canyon to take us back to the trailhead. As others have said, many just do Little Wildhorse so the trail is a lot quieter once you get about 3-4 miles into the loop. There was some water we waded through (just under knees) at about mile 1.5 that turned several groups back. We took our medium sized dog with us, and we did have to help her up and down quite a few obstacles, but it was well worth it! I would bring a dog harness. The hike took us 4.5 hours (quicker without a dog handicap). Weather was great! Crowds were there (Saturday) but again, only on the Little Wildhorse side, and most turned back by mile 3 or so. Make sure you have enough light to finish the hike, or bring headlamps! We got out by 4pm but another 30-45minutes and I would have liked to have a headlamp just in case, as the sun sets early now, and the canyons hides a lot of remaining sunlight.

The best! Did the loop with 2dogs... needed help with alot of the rocks due to the steepness/ dropoffs. Recommend dogs wear a harness to assist them with the climbs, all in all, a fabulous hike!

Beautiful slot canyons for about a mile. We didn't do the full loop due to water in a canyon but great trail with some up and overs due to fallen rocks. Dogs loved it!

Awesome hike. There is water about 1 mile up little wild horse. It was about mid thigh deep (I'm 5'7") and super cold. Because of the water, most people turned around at this point. Bell canyon was quite and crowd free.

beautiful place to go back next time but its better to camp out there for more trails to see i was there for only one day not much time to enjoy

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful time on this loop.
While rated "moderate" there are some tough rock or ledge spots to get over or down. Beware of any recent rains. You could find yourself transversing walls or walking through waste deep, cold, muddy water.

So much fun! Only went up Wild Horse as bad weather was approaching. After the gulch you enter Wild Horse on the right. The first 3rd is easy, enjoyable and pretty standard for a slot. The middle 3rd is fantastic! Some great narrows, snakelike sections and some nice coloring. Final 3rd is a combo of the first 2, well worth the effort. next time will complete the loop through Bell.

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely worth the hike! The cave is secluded and provides a gorgeous rest stop. Definitely a challenge to follow the trail, though. Get a good idea of where you're going when you start out otherwise you'll lose sight of the cave and get confused in the swell. I'd recommend this to anyone!

Did this hike on 20 Jun 2017 with a group of 10 boys (12 to 14) and 5 adults and we did the complete loop, up Little Wild Horse Canyon and down Bell canyon. Little Wild Horse Canyon is a fairly easy hike until you get most of the way up when you have scramble over/around 8-10ft "cliffs". Bell has more and higher "cliffs" and to me was less interesting than Little Wild Horse Canyon. Make sure you bring enough water, I drank close to 4 liters doing the loop. If it is is going to be hot, start early.

Couldn't even find the hike. We tried for a half hour and had To stop cause it got to dark. Wish we could have found it and that the trails were better marked in the whole area!!!

I only made it through a portion of the little horse slot before needing to turn around due to time of day. I so wish I could have made it through the whole hike. It's in my list of hikes to do again in the near future!!!

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