Sheep Creek - Swamp Canyon Loop

MODERATE 26 reviews
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Sheep Creek - Swamp Canyon Loop is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bryce, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
800 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

blowdown

no dogs

The Sheep Creek/ Swamp Canyon Loop takes you down into a forested part of the canyon and back out again. Beautiful views of Mud Butte and Swamp Butte along the way.

trail running
18 days ago

Cool trail away from the crowds.

1 month ago

Trail not well-maintained. Some nice views from the bottom of the canyon, but there are better options in Bryce Canyon national Park. About 3/4 of a mile of the trail runs within 300 yards of the tourist road leading through the park.

hiking
1 month ago

I'd skip that one. Not much happening there. At least like Collin said: it is not crowded. But there are good reasons for that. The burnt section made it specia/dramatic but really not much happening there. The trail is easy enough to follow but not as well maintained. Summary: not worth the detour, there are nicer hikes around

hiking
2 months ago

It is a nice hike away from the crowd. We didn't run into a single person but this also made sense because it was nothing in comparison to the other Bryce hikes.

hiking
6 months ago

this would be an excellent woodland trail, if a controlled burn hadn't gotten out of control and burned about a third of it in 2010, along with much of the Whitman Bench area - as it is, it's partially burned and exposed, with limited views of the hoodoos that visitors come to Bryce to see. also, for whatever reason, visitors tend to get lost on this loop? given the choice, parking at Fairyland and walking out and back, or taking the Fairyland Trail from Sunset Point to Tower Bridge and back, offer better scenery (though this trail is a good way to escape the crowds)

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, went on a day where it was overcast. There was no rain, but it was around 70's so it was perfect weather. From hiking the trail it is not a popular one but still enjoyable and a great alternative to the busier trails around. There is a part on the north side of the trail the follows up a riverbed, didn't know if I was going the right direction, but luckily had a map with me just in case.

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Very nice and peaceful loop. Not much of a Bryce "wow" factor but rather a nice forested ( SW style) hike to get away from the crowds.

snowshoeing
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

No one has hiked this trail for a while. There were a few old tracks in the snow from the trail-head to the Under-the-Rim trail and until the Sheep Creek trail junction. We had to break trail all the way up to the road on the Sheep Creek trail. The snow was anywhere from a few inches deep up to mid thigh in the shaded areas. Because this was the second hike today we opted to walk along the road for the last .7 miles because we were pretty tired from a 12 miles day

hiking
Sunday, May 15, 2016

This loop hike came out to 4.55 miles for me but I went off trail once for a short distance. I did the loop in a clockwise direction. Total elevation gain was 855'. Over the final climb there is a grade of about 9% for about 1.3 miles. It was difficult for me. This was my first hike at Bryce Canyon and I have since learned that there are no easy climbs out of the canyon. Fairly spectacular but less impressive views than from other trails in the Park. Not a popular trail; in about two and three quarters hours elapsed time I ran across three hikers (well, two hikers, actually), a French couple with a small child in a pack. As with virtually all the other trails in Bryce there is no water so be sure to pack plenty.

hiking
Sunday, April 12, 2015

This is a great get-away hike in Bryce Canyon. If you're tired of the crowds and groups of hikers who somehow fail to understand trail etiquette (like not walking 5 abreast on a crowded trail and thereby blocking anyone from passing) and you can no longer stand to watch another hiker break the rules and climb on top of the fragile hoodoos for the "perfect picture" then this hike is for you. It's a refreshing stroll through the beautiful pine trees surrounded by hoodoos and fins.

Sure it's not quite as awe-inspiring as the Queens Garden but it's still a lovely hike AND a great stress reliever. We hiked this on the last Saturday of Spring Break and never saw another person. That alone was worth the price of admission. And we got to enjoy our lunch without any crying toddlers whose parents forced to "hike" the more popular trails without water or proper footwear (poor kids).

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