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Just got back from a 3 day adventure exploring the slots. Wire Pass, Buckskin Gulch, Paria Canyon, Coyote Buttes, the Wave, the Teepee's, Rimrock Toadstools - WOW!
Daily late afternoon showers this past week have started a water flow in the Gulch. Kept a keen eye on the weather.
Rock-hopped across many flooded sections and got plenty soaked and muddy through some others! Photo log below describes our hike...
1.Heading west from the Paria Ranger Station and Information Center, between milepost 25 and 26, just as Hwy 89 cuts through the Cockscomb, turn south on House Rock Valley Road.
2.Drive 4.5 miles until you reach the Buckskin TH sign.
3.Continue along the double-track around the bend to find TH parking.
4.At the Self Service Pay Station, pay $5 per hiker day use fee. Display registration on vehicle dashboard and sign in at the trail register box. Overnight use must register at Ranger Station.
5.Start the hike by entering the wash.
6.Found a lone brown-eyed susan in the middle of the wash. Guess there hasn't been any flash floods here lately!
7.Continue along the wash as it bends from south to east.
8.The "1st Narrows" in Buckskin Gulch.
9.Interesting rock formation beyond the 1st Narrows.
10.The Gulch widens significantly after the 1st Narrows.
11.More interesting rock formations.
12.Unidentified flowers along the Gulch.
13.Bizarre rock formations - like a razor's edge.
14.Hannah spots a marmot.
15.Buckskin Gulch near the confluence with Wire Pass.
16.Looking into Wire Pass from Buckskin Gulch.
17.Up on the grassy ledge across from Wire Pass exit looking for petroglyphs.
18.Found some rock art by the grassy ledge!.
19.Looking North (upstream) at Buckskin Gulch slot near confluence with Wire Pass.
20.Looking South (downstream) at Buckskin Gulch slot near confluence with Wire Pass.
21.Into the mucky-muck (with apologies to Tenacious D) as the Gulch narrows just after the confluence with Wire Pass.
23.Boulder-hopping in the slot.
24.Transition from "mucking it" to "boulder-hopping".
25.Mike and Hannah trying to stay out of the water...
26.Slot canyon hiking photo. This is the mental image I have of slot canyoneering!
27.Don't fall in! Balancing precariously on unstable rocks...
28.A log wedged in the slot canyon high overhead. Is this an indicator of the height of past floodwaters?
29.Sunlight begins to dance into the slot.
30.Trying to figure out a route when the hiking pole indicates the water is 3 feet deep!
31.Water sculpted sandstone. What you'd expect in a slot canyon!
32.Hannah gets a soaker!
33.Hannah spots half a rabbit. This is the third carcass seen today. I've heard stories of the local crows running small animals over the cliff into the slot for a tenderized meal...
34.Love this shot! Think I'll get it enlarged and framed for my office wall...
35.Another classic shot.
36.Map of Buckskin Gulch slot canyon.