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Leprechaun Canyon is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hanksville, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is best used from March until October.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 141 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Views

Rocky

Scramble

Off trail

No shade

No dogs

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Getting There

Leprechaun Canyon is a complex of 3 technical slot canyons that requires technical gear and skills to descend. However, the lower portion of the canyon can be hiked from the bottom up to the confluence where, at this point the canyon narrows and traveling up becomes challenging. Please do not vandalize the canyon by leaving behind trash, graffiti, carvings in the sandstone, or rock cairns.

small parking lot

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The trailhead is on State Road 95, just east of mile marker 28, on the north side of the road. It’s 2 miles southeast of the junction with State Road 276, about 19 miles northwest of the Colorado River bridge on S.R. 95, and about 28 miles southeast of the junction with State Road 24 in Hanksville. There is a short driveway to a parking lot at the trailhead.

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Recordings (31)
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Randy Riddell
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If you get the chance. do this! this place is incredible..... takes about 30 min to get to the big walls stay right. it's worth it. the trail head is not marked. I'm am so glad we took the time to experience this hike. must do... enjoy

Trevor King
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Hiking

Great trail with beautiful views. We came from capital reef and it was definitely worth the drive.

Rachel Ward
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perfect little canyon to take kids. the hike in is relatively easy. worth the scene on the inside.

Kevin Aguirre
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Backpacking

So much fun , we Cannoneer not bad for my first time

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Oliver Miller
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Marc Johnson
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Hiking

Hiked from the trail head to where we could go no further. Got to the inscription panel and the boulevard. Outstanding trail and slot canyon. Fairly easy hiking. Added a waypoint where some people would have difficulty. No reason to turn around here. Named the waypoint Slick Rock route. The elevation gain is incorrect on my recording. Not sure why. I would estimate 500 feet.

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Shannon Briscoe
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Hiking

First of all, I think it's important to specify that there's 2 ways to enjoy this Canyon: 1 is a short hike from the road, up the bottom of the canyon. Secondly, you can hike up around the top of the slickrock and rappel in at various points for some canyoneering. As I have no gear and have a 7 yr old along I initially crossed this hike off my list because of some reviews that make it seem like canyoneering is the only option here. Luckily we stopped at the BLM office and they recommended it to us (we did the short hike up the bottom of the canyon from the road - the BLM had a trail sheet that was helpful). My 7 yr old LOVED this trail!! He is hooked on slots now! It is a short trail, but it really packs a punch (plus it's summer in the desert and I have a little kid, so short is good, and also allowed for some extra time to explore up another dead end). So, after the canyon starts to narrow a bit, there is a point where you are in some tall bushes and can choose to go left through a fun little section of narrows (its tight getting up out the far end - and maybe 20 ft high), which my son and I did - or just climb over the slickrock on your right (which my husband did - and could watch us from above - and grab our packs from above when we were struggling to squeeze through). My kid thought it was a blast and ran around to do it again. Pretty soon the canyon walls rise way up into a beautiful subway section - and then those tall walls narrow up again into a gorgeous narrows with just a strip of light coming down from above. After this you get to the junction where it is VERY tight, but you can squeeze up to the right to see the "inscription chamber" (immediately after that junction). We also squeezed in to the left (called Belfast Boulevard) and shuffled in maybe 20 ft just to get a sense of how far that slot went (it just kept going), and how claustrophobic we could feel in a short period of time in there. In summary, once the hike gets interesting, it all happens very fast, so it's not one that's going to take you very long if you are just hiking it. It was, however, the highlight of hiking on this trip for my kid (and me), and a part of a bigger day that included waking up in the Henry Mountains, exploring and pictures at Little Egypt, a short swim at Lake Powell, and more exploring at the Henry's again (and other than Lake Powell, we were the only people around everywhere we went). Great Day!

David Coffman
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Hiking

First of all, what is called the "inscription chamber" is really canyon graffiti that is prohibited and punishable by law. Please do not deface the canyon walls in this manner. This is without a doubt a technical canyoneering route, a very beginner friendly one, but still requires gear and skills to descend safely. Not sure why anyone would call it a hiking trail. Although, a determined hiker could descend into and exit the canyon at a cross joint approximately 1/3 of the way down canyon (N38 02' 01", W110 31' 19"). They could go up as far as possible and down the same, but would advise against going down anything you cannot climb back up. A short rope and partners to assist would help. Near the end of the Right Fork, there is a 15 foot drop, part of which is free hanging, that is rappelled from a deadman anchor buried in the sand. If you are not prepared for this, pass on this canyon. Better canyon information here: https://www.roadtripryan.com/go/t/utah/north-wash/leprechaun

Stacey M.
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, but please be warned: this is not a dog friendly trail. We did it from the trail head, although we speculate that starting from the other end would have been different, and at the bend of the canyon it gets far too technical to pass without gear. At the trailhead, you’ll encounter a lot of slick rock that you can navigate fairly easy. Once you mount this, you’ll have incredible views of the mountain ranges beyond. After this, you’ll see the trail that goes around the upper canyon. You’ll follow this easy to navigate trail until you hit the bend where you will see the beginning of a steep slot canyon. You’ll notice here that there’s a climbing anchor. Please know this is here for a reason. You definitely need gear to follow this route. If you have a pup with you, it’s our experience that you need to turn around at this point, although we did not experience the canyon from the other way. We tried further along the rim trail until you hit more slick rock, then you’ll see a sand slide (it looks a bit like an avalanche chute) and we scrambled down this only to find (perhaps erroneously) that the smaller slot canyon was not passable with our equipment on hand, so we had to scramble back up this slide, arguably a class 3-4 scramble, to get back to the slick rock and back track. 100% worth it for the views and adventure, but at the very least know this is a bit more technical than it sounds. Above all, I wouldn’t attempt to take pups on this trail especially with the canyoneering involved.

Jesse P.
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alice bijker
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Not doable after Rain. But still the Canyon is great.

Emily Lindvall
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Hiking

Surprising slot and very, very accessible — right off the highway. Does get quite narrow and requires a bit of creativity in places.

Andreas Lange
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First to Review

Nice Hike first Trail sandy.

Mickey Larsen
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Sydney Rinn
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Jade Van Doren
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Robbie Harmon
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Katie Bessette
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Pavla Walsh
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George Thomsen
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Tawnya Jarman
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Abigail Berthiaume
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Matt Sutherland
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Shacoby J.
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Richard Lionberger
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Felix Espinoza
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