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Wire Pass Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kanab, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 216 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

river

views

wildlife

no shade

fee

Note: $6 per person to enter the BLM land. Additionally, there is an 8 foot drop obstacle and the short bypass route around it (look for the rock cairns near the entrance). Wire Pass is a short drainage that joins the much longer Buckskin Gulch slot canyon, and provides a convenient entrance point, enabling hikers to bypass the upper 4 miles of the gulch which are shallow and less interesting than the 12 miles downstream. From the trailhead, the streamway is 1.75 miles. For the first mile from the trailhead, the walk is along a wide, meandering streambed between low reddish cliffs, over soft sand that makes progress rather difficult. Signs discourage hikers from taking short cuts across the grassy banks inside the bends of the stream, since this can cause erosion. There is not much to see at first, except various lizards - the drainage is home to quite a few examples of the large desert spiny lizard, a species more interesting than most with colorful patches of orange, black and blue. The surrounding cliffs become gradually higher and closer together, and the last half mile has two good deep stretches of narrows. At the end of the second slot the cliffs open out suddenly at the confluence with Buckskin Gulch; downstream is a deep and enclosed one mile section before the gulch becomes quite wide for a while and so this would be a good target for a half day hike, for those who want just an introduction to the Buckskin canyon system. Beware, there are rattlesnakes in this area. Other potential wildlife includes canyon wrens, peregrine falcons, condors, and great horned owls. It gets very hot in the canyon, so it is not recommended to do this hike in the middle of summer.

hiking
scramble
2 days ago

Attempted to hike Wire Pass today, but could not pass the 10 get drop down. The log that we used last year was lower down today. We ended up turning around as a result.

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

The 8 foot drop really puts a damper on this hike. We did this hike 10 years ago, and that drop was only about 3 feet. Now you have to hike around, and it takes away from the whole experience. It still is one of my favorite slot canyons, but it’s much more fun doing it without the interruption of having to go around.

5 days ago

I posted photos of the obstacle since I didn't find any already uploaded. I was surprised how many hikers I talked to who didn't know about it. They were all very thankful to know about the bypass trail. Don't hesitate to mention it to others on the trail. The bypass trail was shorter than I thought it would be and actually took you up to a really great overlook. It was one of my favorite parts of the hike. The obstacle problem is tricky because you only see it from the top and the log's foot holds aren't visible. I actually took the bypass trail around and then worked on the obstacle problem which was fun. The trail head was popular for a wilderness trail. There was also a good number of ranger and Sheriff trucks parked there. Mostly likely there were on the Coyote Buttes trail enforcing permits for that hike.

hiking
8 days ago

Brilliant trail! Amazing slot experience. I went a bit further than needed by checking out Buckskin Gultch (just go right or left after you reach the end of wire pass). The initial slot you reach has a bit of a drop. If you feel comfortable, you’ll be able to climb down backwards. There are wooden logs that work as makeshift ladders. If you don’t feel comfortable, you can walk back out and take a left over.

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fee
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rocky
scramble
9 days ago

An ok hike. We did 8 miles total and we thought we’d see the canyon close in a bit more but it kept going pretty much the same. It’s wider than other canyons and not as much fun. The peek-a-boo in Escalante is so much better!

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rocky
12 days ago

This was one of the steepest and yet amazing hike I've done so far. There's about 8foot drop so be prepared to come down or go around. I was lucky enough to have someone help me climb down. The rest is amazing. You will encounter a type of box, once u found it, Don't forget to write ur experience down. Who knows, someone might read it. I'm one of them, it's so awesome to read some of the peoples experiences there. Please please, don't forget to bring lots of water, it's rocky and sandy. And please please, let's also, preserve the petroglyphs that surrounds the rocks, u might see it. Enjoy and allow urself plenty of time to experience this.

hiking
15 days ago

The drop down is still not passable unless you’re extremely agile. The pass by over the canyon is steep and rough in the higher temperatures. Otherwise amazing hike. Very hot already 5.9.2020 bring plenty of water. Pack Out trash also please stop with the muddy hands over the petroglyphs. Let’s preserve this area authentically.

hiking
24 days ago

Amazing slot canyon, very few people, opportunities for camping, definitely wanna come back and hike all of Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon down to the Colorado

hiking
27 days ago

Got some help from other ppl on the trail to get down and up from the ~8 foot drop. Would’ve gone around if it weren’t for their help, but I’m also not a great climber. Overall beautiful and easy to follow trail

1 month ago

Really beautiful hike. The 6-8ft drop on the first slot canyon was impassable for my Alaskan Malamute, so we went around the top of the canyon along the path. That was still a little difficult for her to navigate because it’s fairly steep in areas, but she was able to do it with some guidance. When we got to the end we turned left and went down Buckskin for about a mile until the canyon stopped. I loved walking through that section of Buckskin too! Not quite as cool as a slot canyon, but pretty close! Also, the road getting here is alright - I did it in a Toyota RV and I mostly just drove around 10-15mph the whole way which took about 45 min - but well worth it.

This is absolutely a world class hike.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Awesome hike

hiking
1 month ago

Cool hike, great photo opportunities

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no shade
scramble
1 month ago

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Lovely trail. Rather short. Was here March 11 and while it had just rained it was not enough to make the trail impassable. In fact the moisture made the trail surface easier to walk in in many places. The drop had a piece of drift set up like a makeshift ladder that actually worked quite well. Beautiful slot Canyon. This is a short day at best during times of fair conditions.

recorded Wire Pass Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing slot canyon. We took this to the buckskin gulch canyon and hiked each way on that too. Very good hike. There is an 8’ drop about 2 miles from parking and pretty early in the slot canyon. Well worth going beyond that.

hiking
fee
scramble
2 months ago

good trail. bring cash for the blm fee. you don't get into the slot canyon for about 1.75 miles of hiking, but once you do, it is cool. within the first couple hundred feet of entering the first part of the slot canyon, there is an 8 ft drop off. if you aren't prepared to go down that, back track out of the canyon and about 75 ft from the entrance, on the left (south side), you'll find cairns where you can go up and over and back down into a different part of the canyon. we went with our dogs, and they were able to traverse it just fine. not to difficult.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with hiking through slot canyons. A bit of a scramble at one point but it’s doable for anyone but children or the elderly. The road is rocky but any SUV or 4 wheel drive will handle it just fine. Hike took about 2 hours

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

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fee
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Simply beautiful, breathtaking, totally worth taking over the other highly traffic water canyons. I went early in the morning. VERY long 8 mile bumpy and dusty road to the trailhead. Do not take a small vehicle.

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