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Like others have said : don't do this without a GPS! It was a great hike and the ashtray was worth the scrambling and exposure. It's also a good hike to do during monsoon season because there aren't any slot canyons to get caught in and the few washes along the way are easily avoidable.

Wundeful hike, but someone seems to have destroyed the cairns on the first part of the trail!!!
We started at 8 am and had the trail nearly for ourselves.

NO SHADE. While only 6 miles and 500ft of gain, it makes you work for every inch. Sandy paths and jagged rocks.

But totally worth it. Take a lunch. Sit by the falls. The pond is deep enough I couldn’t stand up and I’m nearly 6fy.

hiking
8 days ago

Started at 9 am it took us 3 hours rt. Sandy trail which made the hike a little harder. Well worth the prize at the end of. the trail. What an amazing waterfall.

All I can say is amazing!!

I first hiked here in college with a group of friends about 12 years ago in 100+ degree weather. The falls were even more beautiful this week than I remembered them. The trail was harder than I remembered it. The sand makes it tough to walk and even a 85 degree day is still tough to hike in here. Stop often, bring as much water as you can carry, bring food, a towel to wet in the steam along the way to keep cool, and enjoy the hike. Check out the petroglyphs at marker 8.

This hike is well worth going to the falls. Started later in the early evening around 5:30pm ended around 8:20pm, the trail was 80% shade, which caused us to chase the light. The sand is tough, just allow time to go slow and steady. We saw a snake and wild turkey. My daughter (17) and myself (late 30s) did fine, but we had over 16L of water and almost finished it all. Please bring more than you think you need of water.

Absolutely stunning trail! It was about 3 miles up/down. The sand made it a little more difficult. There were definitely spots where the sun was beaming and there were some folks that took just one bottle of water, NOT RECOMMENDED!! I went with 2 friends and there were some spots were we had to take some breaks. The waterfalls at the end is breathtaking, as the temperature went down a nice 10-15 degrees and felt amazing. Not a lot of bugs due to the heat, which was nice. There were some areas were you hear animals moving in the brush, but they were just little lizards scurrying around.

Fabulous , great flow over falls . Very refreshing after a mid 90 degree hike. Nicely marked to show petroglyphs along trail . Many species of birds at trails end . GPS showed it was 3.5 miles each way .
Nice large beach area at base of falls , there were 20 others @ falls and it didn’t feel crowded.. One of our favorite hikes in the area, fabulous scenery!

3-4 stars, can’t give more as this trail is poorly marked with cairns only occasionally placed. Toward the end of the trail you can take fork right to a small swim hole, the top of the falls, or veer left for the bottom of the falls . Small area to enter falls but we were lucky to have it to ourselves . Very hot trail, very little shade, hike early & bring more water than you think you’ll need. Very low flow and nothing compared to Lower Calf Creek Falls trail .

We took our 5 year old and or 2.5 year old. It was very steep, but or 5 year old did the whole climb! we had to carry our 2.5 year old 1/2 way down, and all the way up. The waterfall was smaller than lower calf creek, but the trail was not very busy at all (on memorial day weekend). It can be hard to follow the trail at time. Sometimes we'd choose a way and were confirmed with a tower of rocks a little ways down the path we chose. The waterfall was still really cool, and it was fun to jump into the very deep pool right below the fall. The water is very cold though, so be warned. We also saw a fish in the pool.

As others have said, fairly flat, but the sand makes it more challenging. Falls are beautiful, but WOW is that water cold! Hiking early and late is much preferred, as with most everything here, because there is very little shade on the trail. We had a great time!

Amazing six mile walk. There is restrooms at the beginning. It's not steep, just the sand makes the hike a little complicated. Where shoes that don't let the sand get in. The view is great and the falls at end is the prize

The most beautiful waterfall hike I’ve been on! Take a picnic, swim suit and stay a while. It’s a hot hike so take a ton of water. Not hard at all but the deep sand is a bit tricky. Word of caution is if you take your dog make sure they have booties. We ended up carrying our dog out most of the way. The sand burnt his paws. Otherwise one of the best views.

Beautiful hike. Loved being down in the gulch and the waterfall was beyond amazing. We started around 9 to 9:30 and got to the falls about 10:45 and left at 1. It was very hot the day we went and we ran out of water early on our way back which was horrible. Bring tons of water!!!

Fairly easy trail, gradual up and down elevation as opposed to straight up. The cool river bed area was over run with silk worms and caterpillars. It should be beautiful in the next few weeks when the butterflies come out. Gorgeous waterfall! But wow, the water was cold!!

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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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