Peek-a-boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Gulches

MODERATE 102 reviews

Peek-a-boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Gulches is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Escalante, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
738 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

no dogs

hiking
2 days ago

The drive to the parking lot is long and dusty. You will need to pay attention as the turn off is not called out by name. Going back into the lot, there is a split and if you don't have a lifted vehicle park in the first lot. Trial head is about 1 mile to the left of the first lot. Hike is great, spooky is tight and peekaboo is some climbing but both are really neat and beautiful. I would recommend starting in spooky which is off and around on the right. It makes the climbing is peekaboo much easier.

hiking
5 days ago

7 days ago

Great trail. Go up Peek-a-boo and down Spooky. Take the cut off trail across to Spooky and don’t follow the gps track shown above. There is a 6 foot drop through some sketchy rocks coming down Spooky. Much better than it looks actually. Take it down the middle. Plan at least 2 to 3 hours for this loop.

hiking
8 days ago

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9 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

This was really cool, but unless you know what you're dealing with here, I wouldn't recommend doing this hike solo. The entrance to peekaboo was harder than I expected and I could've used an assist a time or two, but it was doable with lots of mud, sand, and scraped knees and elbows. I got to the boulders in Spooky though and said 'screw this.' If it hadn't been for some other hikers I'd meet earlier coming along and encouraging & helping me, I would have backed out of the canyon and headed back to the parking lot. Go over the first boulder or two in your path, then when you get to the big pileup, down under them. It's about a 10 foot drop and being short was a real disadvantage here. Even with 2 people helping me, I was about in tears half way down, sure I was going to fall, and there's definitely no going back up from there. There are a lot of different tracks in the sand and cairns here there and everywhere...I think it would be hard to get lost as long as you have basic hiking skills, but the map here is really helpful if you have any doubts. You won't have cell signal out there or anywhere around escalante for that matter, so load open your app and load the trail map somewhere that you can use their Wi-Fi and keep it open until you get out there. The loop overall doesn't cover that much distance, but unless you're a desert native, much of it is more physically demanding than your standard hike and the trek across the desert to get to/from the canyons is hot, exposed, dry, with sand whipping you in the face. Drink a couple liters of water throughout at least because you're losing it even if you don't realize it. This was an awesome experience and a lot of fun, but definitely BE PREPARED that it's on the harder side of moderate.

hiking
19 days ago

21 days ago

This was great, climbed up peak a boo, with knee deep water at the entrance, WOW! What a cool slot Canyon trail. Crossed over to Spooky! The trail was nothing but foot prints. Almost got lost! Came down Spooky slot Canyon trail, it was just as cool, very tight in some places, but made it thru with others going the other way. 9-17-17

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Such an amazing place. Use gps. Probably easier to go up peekaboo and down spooky. Peekaboo Is hard to recognize from below because there is an initial rock climb of 20 feet to the start of the slot

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike not too much trafficked to explore slot canyons beyond the touristy 'Antelope canyons'. The entrance is hard to find. The hike itself is difficult as there are narrow and steep parts where you need 5 grade climbing techniques. Only advised with light luggage. Take plenty of water. Be aware of rattlesnakes.

hiking
24 days ago

This was much more difficult than we anticipated. We backpacked through (mainly because we just needed a place to sleep), and I don't recommend it. There were some pretty steep inclines and descents, and the trail wasn't marked very well in the beginning. Pretty challenging, but fun. The slots were neat. Spooky got so narrow at one point we turned around. Just bring day packs with plenty of water.

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

first tried peekaboo but it was too slick to get up. Most people I watched did not make it up. Went down to Spooky instead and absolutely loved it! In some areas it was only 10 to 12 inches wide and it was so much fun squeezing through. Finished up by going all the way up Dry Fork Narrows which was surprisingly pretty cool.

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago