backpacking
14 days ago

21 mile loop through the slot canyon that is Little Death Hollow (10m), then to Escalante River (2.5m) for a refreshing overnighter splash for day 1. After lounging in the river and swimming, we headed back up through Wolverine Canyon (9m). If you have only one car, add 2.5 miles to walk the dirt road from Wolverine trailhead to the Little Death hollow trailhead.

We (my daughters: 9, 12, 17) cut our trip by one night because the springs on the map were all dried up! So we had to get to the cars before we ran out. So this trip ended up being a one nighter and we did more miles than expected due to the search for water.

Little Death Hollow is absolutely fun! The slot Canyon (3 feet wide width apart on either side) goes on for several miles. I was worried that we’d only see that kind of terrain for several hundred feet, but it runs a couple of miles. Absolutely worth the trip alone.

After that we headed down to the river since that was the source of water. I’m glad we did since it was the “only” water source. And an absolutely rejuvenating river, since it’s not a trickle, but enough to wade in and swim the deeper pools. It’s was clearer than I thought it’d be, enough to spot fish darting from cover to cover. Wear pants for that part, the deer flies will bite you all the way down. I was wearing pants, it’s no bother. I happen to have the zip on and was grateful. The other adult in my party only had shorts, and he was slapping as swatting every 3-5 steps. It sure helped us pick up the pace!

The trip back up the Wolverine Canyon is breathtaking too. You trade the soft curves of slot style canyons for Swiss cheese pock marks along the Canyon walls. While not qualifying as a slot, the pass weaves in and out of 5 foot to 30 feet widths. So you still get the maze feel of the slots.

My contours map showed two springs up above the canyon. While there’s trails there, the energy spent on climbing elevation was rewarded with old, abandoned, dried up, horse watering springs. So no water to show for the hard work. Perhaps it was the wrong time of year.

The actual hiking is moderate, probably due to the minimal elevations change and mostly gradually down hill, but the single water source and distances to get back to your car makes it a ‘hard’ rating, and why I give it a 4 star rating. My daughters seriously loved it!

I don’t see how people can go into Little Death hollow and back, as I think it’d prove difficult to climb over some of the obstacles, like a boulder in the slot or a mud puddle blocked by debris. Going down is fine, just not up. Some go above the slot, but then to me, what’s the point! if you’re not in the slot.

Hard hike but loved the reward at the end. It is a must do. Lots and lots of water if hot. We did not need 4wd to get to trailhead. Did it in a Toyota Venza. Took us from 11am to 7pm. Stunning dome! Otherworldly, just do it. Follow GPS path on downloaded map.

Amazing hike! I would say moderate is rather inaccurate as a rating. There is no visible trail, most of it will be done via GPS and looking for landmarks. Lots of rock hopping and deep sand in a few places. If you want to go down into the dome I would definitely recommend bringing a rope, there are stairs cut into the side but they are far from enough to easily climb up on your own for most.

This is a cool hike, but beware that it's really dangerous if you don't know what you're doing and aren't prepared with survival supplies. The description of this trail as 'easy to moderate' is wholly inaccurate. First, 4WD is required to get to the trail head, as you will pass over deeply-rutted hills and very uneven slickrock in your vehicle. If you attempt this trail, you MUST have a GPS with you--it is very easy to get lost otherwise, and then exhaust yourself in the alternating sand/slick rock up-and-down. There are no cairns to mark the trail. Do not attempt to go into the ashtray without a rope anchored outside the pit, with someone holding it. Otherwise you could be stuck there for days under direct sun before someone finds you, as this is not a well-trafficked site. Spring and Fall would be best temperature-wise for this hike.

hot, dry, difficult to locate. TAKE GPS, you won't see it until you're on it. do not descend into the ashtray without a rope and company, you may never get out !!!

backpacking
10 months ago

Did my first backpacking trip on this trail! It was quite the adventure, hard but also so rewarding. Camping spots are pretty designated but also available for wherever you want to camp. The first day was rough because it was just plain desert and bloody hot. Water was higher than usual according to people who had done this. Trail was not always easy to follow. We got lost at the very beginning. There is one part of the trail where we needed to have help getting around a boulder and I would not recommend going alone on this trail. But it has been done by a girl we saw along the way. Also there was different parts of quick sand at the end of the trail.

backpacking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Backpacked from little death hollow to Wolverine canyon, it was memorial day weekend but there's only another group along the way. Hiking in the endless slot canyon was amazing (except that there're a shit ton of fresh cow shit along the way) and camping next to the canyon was absolutely the best thing ever.

backpacking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

If your able to have 2 cars park one at the wolverine trailhead and hike out through the wolverine petrified forest. I've done this one multiple times and plan to do it again.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

We hiked this trail last week ( mid October) The Cottonwoods where changing color which added another dimension to the trail. There was some knee deep water in Little Death Hollow. A spectacular hike.

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

An awesome hike and experience. I started at the Little Death Hollow Trail Head and did the Wolverine Canyon Loop. I did this as a day hike. My guide book said it was 15.2 miles, my GPS clocked in at 19.73 miles with no extra side trips. There is a lot of winding around, the amazing slots go on for miles. There is impressive petrified wood all along the trek. Be prepared for the length and weather conditions.

hiking
Tuesday, June 02, 2015

We hiked down Wolverine Canyon, spent the night in Horse Canyon, and then hike up Little Death Hollow. I especially liked Wolverine Canyon. We encountered a fair number of obstacles in the lower part of Little Death Hollow, but nothing that required rope.

backpacking
16 days ago