Peek-a-boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Gulches

Escalante, Utah 84726

Peek-a-boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Gulches

Peek-a-boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Gulches Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Peek-a-boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Gulches Reviews

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4/6/2012
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.
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4/27/2010
The classic slot canyon experience! After this you will think of the whole area as a big playground.
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8/15/2009
One of the best hikes I ever done in my life! Really remote and cool slot canyons
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7/16/2009
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.
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3/29/2007
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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10/1/2006
Definitely not for the claustrophobic! I'm usually not nervous about tight spaces, but when it's this tight and it feels like the walls are closing in on you, it really gives you a rush. We only hit Spooky and Peek-a-boo, might try Brimstone next time. We went up Spooky and back down Peek-a-boo. Spooky was fantastic. Not too difficult, but very exciting. Peek-a-boo was a bit of a disappointment at first, but towards the end, it was a thrill. We did this in the morning, then drove up to Egypt and hiked into Fence Canyon to camp by the Escalante. A recommendation would be to park at the Early Weed Bench trailhead, hike through Twenty Five Mile wash to the Escalante. Go North and do some of the canyons off the Escalante, such as Ringtail and Neon (reviews of Neon as well). Camp along the Escalante, then, come back, dump your stuff back at the car and hit Peek-a-boo and Spooky, then, you're back at Early Weed Bench. Great way to spend two days plus give you a great campsite.
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6/14/2006
Awesome trail! Each of the three slot canyons have their own distinctive character. A definite must if you're visiting the area. Today there were only two other cars parked at the trailhead when I arrived around 11am, so I had the gulches pretty much to myself.
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6/9/2006
Outstanding hike with teenagers. Go up Peek-a-boo and come down Spooky. Interagency office in Escalante is an excellent resource. Check with them about the weather. They also have very specific instructions on how to get to the trailhead.
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8/30/2005
My wife and I did this hike on a whim and cherished every moment of it. We were camping in Calf Creek on our way to Las Vegas. We stopped by a local outfitter in Escalante and asked which day hikes he recommended and he told us his favorite is the Spooky - Peek-a-boo loop. We recommend you do them in that order to capture the beauty of both of these magnificent canyons. There is a well marked trail in the sand that leads you over to Peek-a-boo from the back side of Spooky. Spooky is very narrow and we had to remove our camelbacks to be able to get through. Peek-a-boo is wider and more open and washed out from previous rain storms that have created beautiful bowls in the sandstone. We then hiked up the narrow slot north west of Peek-a-boo. Great day hike or starter hike if you plan on going further down Coyote Gulch.
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7/5/2004
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Trail Information

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

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