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Amazing hike with amazing reward.

Amazing hike. Family loved it. Water was cold and refreshing. Packed in lunch and a blanket. The sand is a little slow but just keep chugging. Worth every second of family time and hike time. Bring more water than you think you need.

We did this hike starting at 3 p.m. on a hot day in June. The first 40 minutes required stops for water breaks, but then the canyon provides shade for the rest until the falls, which are amazing! We stayed for an hour at the water with only 5-15 other people around. It felt like the falls belonged to just us. Being later in the day, the hike back was completely in the shade. It's a must if you're doing Staircase!

Awesome hike! Wasn't crowded but was definitely really hot in the summer. Bring lots of water.

The most amazing hike and the falls at the end were absolutely breathtaking! We started early around 915 AM and it was perfect- we saw a lot of people starting their hike when we were on our way out and it was getting pretty hot. It took us 3 hrs round trip, including our 30-45 min break swimming in the falls. Fairly flat hike, but the sand can sometimes make it seem more strenuous. Dog friendly which I love, and plenty of river openings along the way for them to wade into. By far one of my most favorite hikes I have ever done!

What stunning canyon views on the way in. After a hot and sometimes strenuous trek, the shaded valley just prior to the pool and falls were cooler, lush and teeming with lively birds. The falls are towering and beautiful. The icy pool water reinvigorated us for the return hike.

backpacking
16 days ago

21 mile loop through the slot canyon that is Little Death Hollow (10m), then to Escalante River (2.5m) for a refreshing overnighter splash for day 1. After lounging in the river and swimming, we headed back up through Wolverine Canyon (9m). If you have only one car, add 2.5 miles to walk the dirt road from Wolverine trailhead to the Little Death hollow trailhead.

We (my daughters: 9, 12, 17) cut our trip by one night because the springs on the map were all dried up! So we had to get to the cars before we ran out. So this trip ended up being a one nighter and we did more miles than expected due to the search for water.

Little Death Hollow is absolutely fun! The slot Canyon (3 feet wide width apart on either side) goes on for several miles. I was worried that we’d only see that kind of terrain for several hundred feet, but it runs a couple of miles. Absolutely worth the trip alone.

After that we headed down to the river since that was the source of water. I’m glad we did since it was the “only” water source. And an absolutely rejuvenating river, since it’s not a trickle, but enough to wade in and swim the deeper pools. It’s was clearer than I thought it’d be, enough to spot fish darting from cover to cover. Wear pants for that part, the deer flies will bite you all the way down. I was wearing pants, it’s no bother. I happen to have the zip on and was grateful. The other adult in my party only had shorts, and he was slapping as swatting every 3-5 steps. It sure helped us pick up the pace!

The trip back up the Wolverine Canyon is breathtaking too. You trade the soft curves of slot style canyons for Swiss cheese pock marks along the Canyon walls. While not qualifying as a slot, the pass weaves in and out of 5 foot to 30 feet widths. So you still get the maze feel of the slots.

My contours map showed two springs up above the canyon. While there’s trails there, the energy spent on climbing elevation was rewarded with old, abandoned, dried up, horse watering springs. So no water to show for the hard work. Perhaps it was the wrong time of year.

The actual hiking is moderate, probably due to the minimal elevations change and mostly gradually down hill, but the single water source and distances to get back to your car makes it a ‘hard’ rating, and why I give it a 4 star rating. My daughters seriously loved it!

I don’t see how people can go into Little Death hollow and back, as I think it’d prove difficult to climb over some of the obstacles, like a boulder in the slot or a mud puddle blocked by debris. Going down is fine, just not up. Some go above the slot, but then to me, what’s the point! if you’re not in the slot.

Great hike - started at 3PM. Bring lots of water and wear good shoes. We had sneakers on which were fine for the terrain but ended up getting very sandy. Probably better to do this early in the morning or late in the afternoon. It took us around 2 hours and 40 minutes - which included a 20 minute stop at the waterfall. We were definitely hustling though. The waterfall is a rewarding ending to a great hike. Would do this again.

trail running
18 days ago

It was a challenge for me. I went backpacking for a weekend and it was hard but worth it. I was amazed with the many different views sand.. The weather changed from sun to cloudy, rain, and sunny again. At night the sky was covered with stars. Take a lot of water or a filter.

Went memorial weekend around 9am. Got parking in the lot! Coming from sea level the hike was a struggle for sure... and not used to hiking in sand. Bring good shoes.. My hiking boots didn't have the toe covered so they filled with sand! Tried my sandals but the sand was blazing hot! Beautiful waterfall at the end.. with freezing water. Would I do it again? mmm probably not coming from the PNW :)

Beautiful. Lots of birds and different scenery. Waterfall is worth the hike. Bring water and good shoes.

Beautiful! Loved this hike. Best done around 9:00am

Great hike down over slickrock to pools and waterfalls. Beautiful scenery looking out over canyon

Relatively easy. Many dogs not on leash.

Hard hike but loved the reward at the end. It is a must do. Lots and lots of water if hot. We did not need 4wd to get to trailhead. Did it in a Toyota Venza. Took us from 11am to 7pm. Stunning dome! Otherworldly, just do it. Follow GPS path on downloaded map.

Went here prior to starting Buckskin Gulch to Lee’s ferry. Had some time to kill so went for it. Super easy hike, amazing location. Had so much fun swimming and messing around at the waterfalls. Very happy we took the chance and went. Very worth it if you go swim. Idk about sitting on beach and watching.

hiking
27 days ago

Really enjoyable spring alpine hike through aspens, pines and open fields. Make sure to hike up to the second lake.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was awesome, however it was a little challenging for me as a fairly new hiker. Most of the challenge for us was a later (1:30 pm) start and due to some off-trail exploration, we were pushed for time to finish the trail before sundown. Overall the trail was well-marked with cairns although we did lose the trail for about 15 minutes on the ascent. There was some scrambling up to the top but it really wasn’t that bad. I’d recommend an earlier start so you can fully enjoy the hike unless you’re a super fast hiker! Great views at the top!

Beautiful hike! We got there at 8:30am and the parking lot was almost full so I highly recommend getting there early- happy we did because the trail was heavily trafficked on our way back. Trail was well kept and had a guide of interesting things to follow along the way. Absolutely gorgeous waterfall with enough space to lounge at the celebrate the end of the hike. Could not recommend more for everyone!

Phenomenal hike. Fairly easy and the scenery leading up to the falls is beautiful! Not to mention the falls were stunning.. Bring plenty of water and good trail snacks and you're set. Possibly a swimsuit if you're feeling up for a swim in the water under the falls.

I only had time to do this or peek-a-boo and spooky slot canyons. This sure was a beautiful hike.

Absolutely a must do hike in the area. The views are majestic, the trail isn't hard, and the waterfall at the end is absolutely gorgeous. Lots of caterpillars hanging from the trees on the hike in the spring, just as a fair warning if you don't like bugs. Not very much shade until the last mile of the hike.

My roommate and I tackled this trek on a beautifully sunny afternoon last week after completing Peekaboo Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park earlier in the day.

I did this trail in my Teva sandals and they were the perfect choice to trek through the sandiness of this trek. It took us about 2 and 1/2 hours to complete the trail in its entirety and we even stopped at the pool for a quick dip (it was incredibly cold, but well worth it), before heading back out to the trailhead.

A beautiful waterfall awaits you at the climax of this hike, but would recommend doing this one in late morning so the sun is shining down upon the pool, that is, if you're looking to go for a swim.

Highly recommended!

Beautiful Hike and definitely recommend it. Could be really hot in the Summer but perfect for Spring and Fall. Fairly easy trek but the trail is all sand.

Easy hike, graineries easy to locate, just look up a little. Remarkable example of the Fremont culture.

Short hike, but big dividend in seeing the three sets of petroglyphs.

Loved this hike! It was relatively easy just long. We went in April and started around 11am next time I’d like to start earlier before it heats up. Middle of summer would be way to hot! There was quite a few people on the trail but not as many as expected. My dogs loved swimming in the falls... we did see LOTS of snakes on this trail.

Such a beautiful hike with awesome stops to check out along the way (make sure to grab an info map at the register box at the trailhead!) Also, very conveniently, there is a water fountain at the trailhead to fill up water bottles and camelbacks. The waterfall was still a bit too cold to get in but great to cool off your feet before heading back. Very much worth the drive and hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Worth the hike. A post card water fall.

such amazing history! pretty steep climb but worth it for sure.

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