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Great, easy and flat hike to see some beautiful slot canyons! The hike starts out going through a river bed/wash area for about a mile then leads through several slot canyons. The hike ends with one last slot canyon opening into a grand open space area with huge rock walls- almost like a natural amphitheater and intersects the Buckskin Gulch trail. **NOTE: you have to drive about 17 miles down a bumpy, rough dirt road to reach this trailhead!! Be aware it may not be passable with a small/low to the ground vehicle (I made it with my Ford Focus but had to drive very slow). You also may need to purchase a permit at the self-pay station at the trailhead which is generally around $6.00 per person (must pay with cash).

Your feet will get wet, it is a long washboard road but really worth it!
did 2.5 miles, then the canyon widens

hiking
8 days ago

Nice hike. Starting in River bed with beautiful wild flowers, then goes into a slot canyon. little traffic, enjoyed the quiet.

hiking
9 days ago

The trail is sandy and there is a gentle incline going up. The main issue is a barbed wire fence running right up to the mountain which blocks the right side of the trail. To the left is another trail with some really amazing views of all the different rock formations. It is worth the extra effort.

Just amazing !!! Few people, canyonning boots were necessary in April ( water up to the knee and above). Great memories there. Don’t miss it

Nice easy walk with great views and interesting Bristlecone Pine trees.

Simple walk with Stunning views,

Unique story with the brothers carving out and living in the caves. Fun little detour when hiking the more challenging hikes in the ares.

off road driving
25 days ago

Three caves carved out of rock where two men lived.

nature trips
28 days ago

While coral sands dune state park is a beautiful place, the noisy, smelly and invasive ATV'S spoil the experience. Further it seems the state of Utah is escalating efforts to increase motorized usage of the Dunes. so, save your $8.00 entry fee...watch video online if the Dunes sans ARB noise and, hike elsewhere.

The Wave is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Our permits were for late March. The weather was perfect, it drizzled at times which kept the temperature perfect. We didn't use a compass or GPS... probably would've found it faster if we had. It was a rough hike for the non-hiker in the group.

backpacking
1 month ago

Such an amazing place to push your limits! I did the whole Paria canyon and buckskin gulch in a five day trip in mid March, and it was incredible. Can’t wait to go back. I’m 5’ 10”, and the water level in some places were up to my chest. Weather was kinda cold but not freezing.

Amazing! Easy hike but be very very careful with navigation, you can get lost easily.

Amazing hike!! Did this in April, Started from wire pass and went right at the fork. Saw petroglyphs in many of the rocks. Didn’t see any other hikers until about 6 miles from the camp. There is tons of water anywhere from ankle to shoulder deep. The water is ice cold! Only one pool was difficult due to sticks and logs gathered at the end of it. We got to the huge boulders and didn’t have rope, we found a small hole and got through super easily. Highly recommend this hike!!!

This was a hike that was beautiful and a good workout that ended at one of the most beautiful natural shrines I have seen. A highlight on a trip full of great hikes!

hiking
1 month ago

Great Experience for a small group!!

on Wire Pass Trail

1 month ago

so we went today 3/29/18. Quite a bit of people with kids and a couple of dogs. there was alot of water pools. We ended up going 3pools in and went back and up the other smaller half which was absolutely beautiful and hardly any water.

Good short easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Really fun hike that we did as a family - mom, dad, twin 8 year olds and a five year old. Handled the drop with a little assist from 6’4” dad and then further into the slot canyon. The kids loved it. We ate a snack at the T junction then went up the Gulch to the left. A bit of loose sand and called it quits and turned back around after about 10 minutes. Others went to the right and found pools of icy cold water but navigated them okay. We opted to go over the hill on the way back instead of scrambling back up the 8 foot drop. Great views and kids had fun scrambling up the slick rock. All did great, with about 4.5 mikes total and 3 hours - although short legs and side track climbing make us a bit slow :).

Great introduction to slot canyons. Not for everyone due to one tricky 8 ft drop you go down then up. But we did it! Aged 9-45 and I’m a big guy. If u can do it the payoff is well worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike. Starts out rather bland, but there are the cool rock formations all over with the layered colors, stripes, etc, during the entire hike prior to the slot. Wire pass does include a slot canyon that has very high walls in a tight space. Go into the slot regardless if you can make the 8 foot drop. You can enjoy the awesomeness of the Antelope Canyon-like slot, and go back and go around the slot. As you are going toward the slot the walk around is on the right. My wife and I went around going down, as I believe going down the 8 foot drop is harder thatn going up. On the way back we went up the 8 foot climb up a branch that is wedged in place. Took some effort, but not bad. The ending is rewarded with the incredibly huge canyon walls at the convergance to Buckskin Gulch. No water anywhere in Wire Pass or at the convergence when we went in late March. You can go upstream at Buckskin without water or very little. But downstream, the deeper "puddles" waist high start at about 50 yards in. Worth going a bit upstream on Buckskin if you have time. You feel very small at the convergance area. Awesome stuff.

backpacking
1 month ago

Best day hike I have done. I hiked BG in March. The first hour was dry. The second hour was in and out of a couple dozen pools that ranged from knee to waste deep (I am 5’6”). My neoprene socks and pants helped me stay warm because it was 30 degrees but my feet stayed numb throughout because I only went with 2mm. My bf had 5mm and was much more comfortable. After an hour in the pools, the canyon opens up and I warmed up a bit but quickly hit the deeper pools known as the cesspools which are chest and neck deep. One has a rock slide into the pool which if you slide down it will submerge you. If you stay to the left there are small steps down and the left side is slightly higher (stay to the right on the return). Started at 8:30AM and got back to the trailhead at 4:20PM. I didn’t use poles so my knees and ankles were sore the next day. We only saw one other couple during the hike and were mostly alone with the exception of some people at the beginning of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This is not a difficult hike, except for the length. There is no significant elevation gain. It is about 4.5 miles to get to the featured attraction, which are the hoodoos in two side canyons off to the left. I recommend asking for maps and information at the BLM office in Kanab, or the one in Big Water, or both. I might not have known where to find the hoodoos if I had not talked to the BLM staff in Big Water. It is a bit unusual, in that you are walking down a wide wash with no marked trail and the location of the hoodoos in not necessarily obvious. Someone has placed an arrow made up of rocks at one point, but you could miss that if you were on the wrong side of the wash. You also have to figure out how to get through the fencing across the wash at the beginning, which is not that big of a challenge. I saw a couple of other people and cows here and there, but was by myself at the hoodoos. There was virtually no water in the wash the day I went, even though it had rained a bit. It takes about an hour to get to Big Water from Kanab and the trailhead for the Toadstools is nearby.

Definitely a beautiful hike if you can get a permit through the lottery! Went at the end of February 2 years ago and even with the cooler temps, it was still hot. There is no shade so take more water than you think you need!

Fun little none-strenuous hike with an amazing view by a storm shelter.

Close your eyes and take in the sounds of the wind at the lookout into the canyon and you might hear something beautiful like I did!!

Keep an eye out for diving birds in the canyon.

The ancient bristlecone pine is worth the hike!

Did this hike march 14... crampons for the boots were a good idea, however the hike is do able without.

Would be great for kids!

hiking
2 months ago

A lot harder than we anticipated!! I should have read the reviews. The service was good so using my All Trails app I could tell we were moving in the correct direction. THERE IS A LOT OF SAND and IT IS VERY STEEP SAND. It was exhausting but beautiful views, we could see the Court of the Patriarchs and all the nearby monuments beautifully.

this was my last trail in zion national park, and so far the best adventure i had here. there is no maintenance in this trail which it makes it amazing to get in contact with our inside instincts. worth every-minute of it

The map on the bottom isn’t correct. We climbed around the throne, which was more moderate than easy and still couldn’t find the red slot in the pictures. The throne view was nice, but better directions would be appreciated.

Nice slot that conveniently merges with buckskin gulch. Use the alternative way around the 8ft drop which was nice. The drop wasn’t bad but had a lot of camera gear and didn’t want to chance it

hiking
2 months ago

Exceptional hike, very easy until the 7’ foot drop. But it looks much harder than it is! An easy climb up and down and we had a dog with us. Buckskin gulch was amazing. We only hit one patch of water but easily passed using the rocks. Very little traffic.

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