Little Death Hollow and Wolverine Canyon Loop

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North Escalante Canyons Study Area

Little Death Hollow and Wolverine Canyon Loop is a 29.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length29.2 miElevation gain3,618 ftRoute typeLoop
dog friendlyBackpackingCampingHikingRiverViewsNo shade
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Little Death Hollow is absolutely fun! The slot Canyon (3 feet wide width apart on either side) goes on for several miles. 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. The actual hiking is moderate, probably due to the minimal elevations change and mostly gradually down hill, but the minimal water sources and distances to get back to your car makes it a ‘hard’ rating.

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Thomas Falcon
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Thomas Falcon
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Meggie Olson
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I did part of this trail 6/7. We started at 6 am to avoid the heat for the decent into the canyon. Super cool transitions in the canyon. For awhile you are just doing the twists and turns of the canyon but then it turns into a 3 to 4 foot wide slot canyon. There were a couple obstacles like big boulders that you had to scramble under or figure out a way over. My group was planning to do this loop over two nights and three days but the Escalante River was completely blown out. The mud would’ve clogged our water filters so we decided to go back the way we came. We got lucky with weather as it was kind of overcast and slightly rainy or we would’ve been screwed with the heat. Most of us in the group had brought 3 liter bladders and some extra water bottles and we were out of water near the end. Make sure that you are following the dirt trails that cut through the bushes and over the banks of the river wash. We got so side tracked with all the rocks and petrified wood in the river bed/wash that we added an extra 4 miles onto the original 12.4 to get to the Escalante river. Overall super cool and wish we would’ve gotten to see the Wolverine portion. Also, we only saw one other group the whole time and they were doing it as a day hike. I give it a 4 because of the lack of water I guess.

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Matt Beaudry
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Carly Grier
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Great trip and definitely a unique hike. We backpacked this over 3 days and 2 nights. There was water coming from the spring at the confluence if LDH and Horse Canyon, but the pools were shallow, warm, and had lots of algae. Would not recommend relying on them for water. We planned on filtering water from the escalante River and camped there for one night. So to cover the 12.5 miles down to the river we EACH brought 3-4 liters of water. It was a hot day and I had drunk almost all of mine by the time we got to the river. This is no joke. Make sure you bring PLENTY of water, especially as the days get hotter. On the hike out we started around 7am from our campsite the second night close to the mouth of Wolverine canyon. Since it was cool and shady in the canyon most of the morning, I only drank 2 liters on the hike out (carried 4 from the river and used 1.5 for dinner/breakfast/coffee at camp). The last several miles of the hike from Wolverine canyon to the LDH trailhead is very exposed with little to no shade. I recommend that you avoid hiking this section on hot days in the afternoon. I WOULD NOT BRING DOGS ON THIS HIKE. We considered bringing ours and are EXTREMELY grateful that we did not. There is no water for them unless you carry it. Depending on the time of day/year it’s hot with little shade. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS HIKE FROM JUNE-SEPTEMBER.

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Ted Smith
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Ted Smith
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Honna Gailey
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Brent Rane
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Arianna Hone
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Jake Frommer
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Cailee Mangan
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Hal Hasleton
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Graham Goff
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Jason Sweat
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Linsey Belisle
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Wing Butler
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Marlene King
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