Peek-a-boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Gulches

MODERATE 81 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
6 days ago

Difficile à cause de la boue sur peekaboo

hiking
16 days ago

Wow, this is no joke when it's wet! It had rained the week before, but as soon as we got to Peekaboo there was a 4-ft deep water "puddle" in front of the entrance. As soon as your feet got wet and muddy it made scaling the 10ft wall into the canyon so difficult. We didn't have rope, but another family did, and us and another couple joined together to help each other through the canyon. Even after the initial wall there was so much water and mud that we used the rope on numerous occasions to lift each other up.

After we got through Peekaboo, we went to Spooky and that was a lot more dry. Very narrow, but much easier than Peekaboo. At the end we were completely caked in mud from head to toe!

So be careful if it's rained recently. Bring rope. On dry conditions everything should be fairly easy.

Also, both canyons trail heads are accessible by driving down the infamous Hole in the Rock road. Be sure to have a high clearance vehicle, because there are some rough spots. Check with the Visitor Center before driving to check in the road condition. The folks there are super helpful and informative.

hiking
29 days ago

Spooky!

hiking
1 month ago

One of our favorite hikes during our trip to Utah! Peek A Boo was like climbing through a natural jungle gym and Spooky was like nothing I had experienced before. We missed the entrance to Peek A Boo because we were unaware that you had to climb into the entrance (poor research on our part). We ran into a group that had hiked the gulches before and guided us in the right direction. About 200 yards into Spooky from Peek A Boo, you will run into an obstacle, which forces you to chose a way to descend. The safest way to us seemed to be a 6 ft+ drop onto a flat rock, but we weren't willing to risk it. We turned to go back through Peek A Boo, but luckily ran into an awesome group of locals, who brought webbing with them. Without these incredible people, we wouldn't have made it safely though Spooky. This portion of the hike is not for those who have a wider girth. The gulches are an unbelievable experience, but be prepared to rock scramble, potentially jump, and bring a LOT of water. Also, Ranger Mike at the trailhead is an awesome guy--take the time to speak with him!

1 month ago

Did it with 5 children ages 5-14. Everyone loved it and the kids had a lot of freedoms to hike by themselves. The hike from peek-a-boo to spooky was hot and sandy but well worth it. We all enjoyed Peek-a-Boo more than Spooky. I'd recommend going up Peek-a-Boo and down Spooky.

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1 month ago

These canyons are an awesome little day hike. People really need to clean up after themselves better, but it's beautiful there. We enjoyed the slots so much, we went back in and night hiked them with headlamps. We were definitely the only ones in the canyon in the middle of the night! Highly recommended!

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

There are 3 slot canyons in this spot. And they are truly amazing! Well worth the 50 minute drive on a washboard dirt road. My advice is to have a high clearance vehicle as the road is tough and the last mile is like going off-road. About the hike; Spooky is really tough as it's VERY VERY narrow, so much so that an obese person won't make it through. Also there are some large boulders blocking the way and the only way past is to crawl down into and under them. This involves going down through a really small hole. Another tough spot is at the beginning of Peek A Boo where there's a 15 foot cliff to get up or down depending on your direction. I'm afraid of heights and this was REALLY challenging, but since we went down this canyon I had no choice so I took a deep breath and did it. Obviously it's possible, but a real test for me. Another word of advice is to have a map; as we, and several others we spoke to got lost going from one canyon to the next. We actually got lost twice, which made for a much longer day than we expected so we ran out of water. Not good in the hot desert.

2 months ago

2 months ago

One of my favorite places. Just watch out for rattlesnakes in the slot. Guess they enjoy it too.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

We did not make it. We went to the "main entrance" and there was a long lane of people waiting to go in. We decided to go reverse, we started but it was so narrow that it was difficult to cross with people. We kept going until we met a family with 6 months old, 1 and 2 years old kids. The kids were crying, the mum was crying and terrified we gave up and went back to the main entrance which was empty by that time. We started the climbing which was really difficult for someone with no experience and they were ponds of dirty water we did not want to fall into since we were wearing our last pair of dry shoes. It was too hard for us and we turner around for good.

3 months ago

Walked the extra mile from the first parking lot and did the larger slot to the left of peek-a-boo. Very cool!

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