Peek-a-boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Gulches

Escalante, Utah

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Spooky Gulch narrows very quickly, alternating between tight narrows and short open sections of sandy washbed. Shortly after entering, the walls close in so tightly that you’ll need to remove your pack. These narrows are fantastic. In places you’ll need to crawl under or over large chockstones, under a small natural bridge, and chimney up where the narrows are too restrictive to pass. If you get to a spot too difficult to pass, you can climb up onto the bench (you may need to backtrack) and rim-walk around the obstacle, then drop back in. You can follow the canyon up for more than 2 miles, or turn around at any time.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

Spooky Gulch narrows very quickly, alternating between tight narrows and short open sections of sandy washbed. Shortly after entering, the walls close in so tightly that you’ll need to remove your pack. These narrows are fantastic. In places you’ll need to crawl under or over large chockstones, under a small natural bridge, and chimney up where the narrows are too restrictive to pass.

If you get to a spot too difficult to pass, you can climb up onto the bench (you may need to backtrack) and rim-walk around the obstacle, then drop back in. You can follow the canyon up for more than 2 miles, or turn around at any time.

©  Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Escalante
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 330 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 5 to 8 hours
Season: March to May, September to November
Local Contacts: BLM Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
Local Maps: USGS Big Hollow Wash, Moody Creek; Trails Illustrated Canyons of the Escalante
Driving Directions: Directions to Peek-a-boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Gulches

Recent Trail Reviews

4/6/2012
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The new trail into the canyon is tough to follow, but fun since it takes you more across the ridge. I came out the old path for simplicity. This can be a quick hike if you cut off Brimstone Gulch. Both Peek-a-boo and Spooky live up to the hype and more.


4/27/2010
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The classic slot canyon experience! After this you will think of the whole area as a big playground.


8/15/2009
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One of the best hikes I ever done in my life! Really remote and cool slot canyons


7/16/2009
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Okay, nothing more to say other than this was really, really, cool!! Did this in above normal temps in July with my wife and three girls aged 9, 15, and 20 in the late morning to early afternoon. It was pretty hot, but there is quite a bit of shade available with the canyon walls. Fairly easy and short sand and slickrock trail from the trailhead down into Dry Fork Coyote Gulch. To the left is a narrows in the main canyon which was worth the short walk up into it. Pretty much straight across the main gulch from where the trail enters is the entrance to Peek-a-Boo which we saved for later (didn't do the loop, just explored the bottom ends of the canyons). Headed down canyon and explored the lower end of Spooky up to the first dry fall. Sandy bottom, easy walking, especially if you were thin. I'm 6'2", 215 lb, and at the first really narrow section had to get down on my knees to pass through. Many sections I was scraping my chest and back on the walls as I wound through the twists and turns of this canyon. Yeah, this one is really cool! Peek-a-Boo was a little tricky to get into. The sandstone was covered in dried clay from the mudholes, so it was pretty slick. As for the canyon, you've seen the pictures. The arches and dry (mostly) pools are amazing. Some of the pools were deep enough that if one of my girls had jumped in alone, they would have had trouble getting out. Great half day, well worth the drive. Road: 40 to 50 mph gravel a good part of the way, but the road gets markedly worse after twenty-five mile gulch. A couple dicey spots for the family mini-van. The spur road to the trailhead is washed out in one of the ruts so you have to drive all the way to one side of the road. A little interesting, but passable.


3/29/2007
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These are great slot canyons! Make sure to check your map to identify which canyon is which--we saw several hikers who had them all mixed up. There is a fourth canyon which is not very narrow (but still neat) and the confused hikers though that was spooky. If you cant manage the climb up into peek-a-boo you can go up spooky, turn left on the obvious trail and go into peek-a-boo from the top. The road is passable by passenger cars but you will need to go slow--its a bit washed out.



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