Middle Trail to White House Trailhead

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Middle Trail to White House Trailhead is a 13.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Marble Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 13.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,129 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly




rock climbing


wild flowers




off trail

This is a very intense, quick, approach into Buckskin Gulch. It cuts off almost all of the stagnant pools, and several miles of the gulch, dropping directly into the narrows. Rappeling equipment is required for this approach. Some hikers continue east along Paria River Canyon to Lees Ferry, or west along Buckskin Gulch to the Wire Pass Trailhead. The route shown on this page has the hiker taking a left into the Paria River Canyon and ending at the White House Trailhead. Overnight stays in the canyon require a permit from the BLM. Please visit this site for permits: https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-and-passes/lotteries-and-permit-systems/arizona/paria-canyon If you're bringing a dog for an overnight stay, the dog also needs a permit. Although dogs are allowed in Buckskin Gulch, they are not recommended for this route, as there is rappeling and steep drop-offs involved. Paria Canyon is the longest slot canyon in the world and has four main points of entry: White House Trailhead, Wire Pass Trailhead, Middle Passage, and Lee's Ferry Trailhead. There are several clusters of campsites throughout the canyon. Beware, there are rattlesnakes in this area. Other potential wildlife includes canyon wrens, peregrine falcons, condors, and great horned owls. Keep an eye on the weather and watch out for flash floods. It gets very hot in the canyon, so it is not recommended to do this hike in the middle of summer.

4 months ago

Ride out to the trail head on 750 was beautiful. It is 1.5 miles to the place you climb in. My rope is 160’ and I only had about 20’ to spare. I was real glad I took the rope. Once in the canyon the trail was great. Explored both directions before coming back up the rope. Tough hike out. Beautiful hike would love to go back down and spend more time

Tue Mar 06 2018

Beautiful hike but you need to be very skilled at bolstering or bring repelling g equipment t to get into the gorge. It is a 100 foot drop and hard to find the trail head to the gorge. .

Fri May 23 2014

If you don't have time to do the entire gulch this is a great compromise. You get to see some of the best parts of Buckskin in one quick hike. The gulch is absolutely beautiful; so many colors and patterns. The walls are massive, they seem to reach to the sky forever. It's a humbling experience as it will remind you of how small we really are. You don't want to miss this one.

Tue Dec 18 2012

Completed upper and mid exiting wire canyon, what a wonderful hike

Fri Oct 05 2012

Middle Route to Buckskin Gulch was only a part of our hike. We hiked from White House TH to Middle Route into the gulch, farther to the confluence of Buckskin Gulch and Paria River and upward to White House Th. A very nice hike.