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Peek-A-Boo Loop, UT

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Distance Lasso-Loop 5.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,981 feet
Elevation Gain 540 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
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High-elevation hike through Bryce Amphitheater
by PaleoRob

Likely In-Season!
Bryce Canyon National Park, in southwestern Utah, is probably one of Utah's most famous National Parks, in contention with Zion and Arches. Certainly that which make Bryce so famous world-wide are its spectacular hoodoos, strange spires of rock seeming to defy erosion (more on them below). The largest, and the largest collection of these hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park are located in Bryce Amphitheater. And one of the best ways to see Bryce Amphitheater from a hoodoo's point of view is to hike the Peek-A-Boo Loop. The name Bryce Canyon is sort of a misnomer, as the majority of the park that the public visits is actually a mesa top. The canyons are generally small and waterless, draining the surface of the plateau. What happens when they start carving is magic. The soft Clarion Formation, which forms the bulk of the plateau, is easily eroded by even small quantities of flowing water. Within this soft stone, however, there are layers or harder limestone that resist erosion. So while most of the plateau is being eaten away, these limestone capstones prevent the soft stone beneath them from being eroded. This leaves towers, fins, mini-mesas, and hoodoos. These have the highest density nearest the plateau, and diminish towards the valley - even the protective caprock can't totally prevent erosion. So the side canyons are small, but numerous, and all are dotted with hoodoos and arches and all sorts of strange psychedelic shapes.

The Peek-A-Boo Loop begins along the rim trail at Sunset Point, south of the northern campground. There is a shuttle bus stop and a parking area, along with a bathroom. There is seasonally a drinking fountain. There are signs directing visitors to the trailheads and the overlook. The Peek-A-Boo trailhead starts out, sharing the trail with part of the Navajo Loop. It heads down into the amphitheater just north of the overlook.

The trail at this point is often crowded during the peak months, as this section of the Peek-A-Boo trail is also shared with the Navajo Loop, which is a short, popular, moderate hike. This portion of the trail descends sharply through a series of switchbacks, past Thor's Hammer and a narrow section of canyon, to the floor of the Bryce Amphitheater. The switchbacks are very close-placed and steep, especially after passing Thor's Hammer, and footing can be tricky on the soft dirt. When you reach the bottom there is a bench there, and the trail splits. The Queen's Garden trail heads to the left, but the Peek-A-Boo trail heads to the right, towards the wash bottom.

The trail follows the wash bottom for a couple hundred yards, and then bends out of the wash to the south. The trail branches again at this point, with the Peek-A-Boo trail going straight. As you begin to climb the opposite canyon wall, the trail will branch again. This is where the two parts of the Peek-A-Boo loop come back together. I have only hiked the trail by heading right at this point, and will describe it as such.

The trail rises steeply in a series of switchbacks as it climbs a small mesa in the heart of Bryce Amphitheater. While the switchbacks are neither as steep or as closely spaced as the ones heading down from the rim of the plateau, you still need to pace yourself climbing here, as the altitude is over 7000 feet.

When you reach the rim of the small mesa, the rim of Bryce Amphitheater expands in front of you to the west studded with hoodoos. The trail also goes by several hoodoos on the mesa, as well as some strange and warped pine trees. Some ancient bristlecone pines live along this trail, as well as elsewhere in the park. Some of these are perched on the ridge to the east of the trail as you crest the ridge, in a pretty neat display of nature.

The trail winds along the top of the mesa for a while, passing more spires and going through several tunnels carved through rock fins. The trail also crosses several small draws as it makes its way towards the southernmost point in the loop.

Previously there was a trail that led from Bryce Point, on the south side of Bryce Amphitheater, down to the Peek-A-Boo trail, allowing the loop to be done from either end, or a single-direction shuttle-hike. However this trail is washed out, leaving only one option for continuing the hike. At the bottom of this trail there was a restroom (that was closed in September when we were there), a water fountain (that was turned off in Sept. as well) and a horse corral (that was empty). This trail is used by both people and horseback riders. Please use caution, yield the right of way, and listen to the mule train leader if he gives directions. After taking a break at the horse corral (which is about midway through the hike), continue along, passing the bottom end of the washed-out Bryce Point trail, and begin climbing back up the small mesa. On this side of the mesa, you can look out onto the upper Paria River basin. You can also the Aquarius Plateau and the valley near the town of Tropic. On some bends of the trail, the rim by the trailhead can be seen, and more hoodoos sprinkle the views.

Finally you reach the point of the trail where the two sections meet back up. Proceed from here back to the trailhead via the trail you hiked in on.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2008-01-27 PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Peek-A-Boo Loop
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    second visit to bryce
    started the day with a mile stroll through red canyon
    easy to bypass but worth investigating
    moved on to sunset point in the park
    we did this figure eight last time, along with fairyland and bristlecone loops
    picked this one to do again for the variety of trails and views, but fairyland is a good one, too
    down queen's garden, the connector to peek-a-boo, up the two bridges part of navajo (saw wall street last time)
    great hoodoo scenery and plenty of ups and downs on peek-a-boo
    had a snack at inspiration point, scored a cool coffee cup at the visitors center and headed for escalante
    stayed in a small cabin at escalante outfitters
    they have a gear store and café with wifi, so we spent some time relaxing there
    Peek-A-Boo Loop
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    Bryce Figure 8 Combination
    Started hike about 30 minutes before sunrise from the Sunset parking area. Took the Rim Trail over to Sunrise point which was already crowded with eager beavers looking to catch the morning rays. I caught the sunrise from below the rim on Queen's Garden trail. Took the side trip to see the Queen, but even with my rampant imagination, just saw a pile of rocks. Really didn't see any other hikers until I got on Peek-a-boo (should be Peek-a-horse-poop) trail. Lots of elevation gain and loss on this loop. After completing the loop I headed up the Wall Street side of Navajo Loop, which was absolutely fantastic. Once at the top I dropped down the other side of Navajo Loop to snap some pictures of Thor's Hammer. In my opinion, the best hike in the park. If you only have one day to hike Bryce Canyon, this is the one for you!
    Peek-A-Boo Loop
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    I started my trip off at Bryce Canyon. I scored a campsite in the North Campground and got myself situated. I would hike a variety of trails over two days in the park and then move on towards Zion. This is my first time in Bryce.

    Navajo Loop / Peakaboo Loop
    It was late morning by the time I started this multi-loop hike. I headed down the narrow wall section which I really enjoyed. The trail is in excellent condition as it switches down. All of the trails in the park were in amazing condition. I headed down and then detoured to the Peakaboo Loop. The trail makes a respectable climb and then loops around under Bryce Point. The views are just breathtaking. The formations are incredible and the hoodoos are plentiful. I continued on and took a variety of pics as I completed the loop and started heading for Sunrise Point. I made a quick stop at the Queens Garden and then made the final climb out.

    Viewpoints & Misc
    I spent the evening with a couple of quick stops at Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. There were lots of people out but it wasn't overly crowded. I also took a shower at the General Store ($3 for 8 minutes and then settled in for the evening in my camp.

    Fairyland Loop
    On day two, I walked right out of my camp and headed for the Fairlyland Loop. I was planning on doing a counter-clockwise loop and wanted to be done around noon. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this trail. I didn’t do any research. I just had GPS routes to follow. So I headed down and cruised to magnificent views that only got better. I continued down and took the short detour over to Tower Bridge which is an impressive formation. From there the trail makes a solid climb as it wraps its way to the NE towards Fairyland Canyon. This section blew me away. The formations are stunning and the colors are vibrant. Every turn brought a new perspective and I was in heaven. This stretch goes on for several miles and then I started my ascent back to the rim. Once up top I admired the section I just hiked through. It’s one of the most visually stunning sections of trail I’ve ever hiked! I would highly recommend! The rest of the hike along the rim was easy going as I looked down on the area I just hiked. A short time later I walked back into my camp to relax. I have a couple more hikes planned for the afternoon.

    Mossy Cave
    After taking my lunch in camp, I headed north and drove over to the Mossy Cave Trailhead. This is a short hike with a nice waterfall. There were several cars at the TH when I started hiking. The trail parallels a creek in Water Canyon. I walked over to the Mossy Cave which had a steady trickle of water pouring out. After that I headed over to the waterfall which is solid. It’s roughly 20 ft high and had a solid flow of water coming over. After admiring the waterfall I continued a bit up canyon and then turned around and made the hike out. I wanted to drive to the south end of the park and that would take some time.

    Bristlecone Pine Loop
    The drive to the south end of the park is very pleasant. It’s just under 20 miles with a variety of viewpoints along the way. I arrived and made a loop around the Bristlecone Pine Loop trail. The going is very easy and there are several viewpoints that look down on the valleys below. I was really glad I spent the time driving down here.

    I would return to camp and spend one final night and then move on to NW Zion. I greatly enjoyed my time in Bryce and made good use of the time. This park is stunning and the hiking is easy going with incredible views. I highly recommend Bryce!
    Peek-A-Boo Loop
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    Rolling out of Sunset Campground where we had spent the night, we drove out to Sunset Point and began our hike mid-morning with the masses of tourists. We took the Navajo Loop Trail down Wall Street, where numerous obese and bold squirrels approached us for handouts. I was ecstatic at the opportunity to again visit the national park that I had found so incredible as a 14 year old, and my camera was my constant companion. The air was thick with humidity, with patchy cloud cover. When the sun came out, it was a bit toasty. We did a counter clockwise hike on the Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail, and then returned via the eastern side of the Navajo Loop Trail. Menacing thunderstorm clouds were directly above us as we reached Sunset Point, and a few bolts sent us quickly to Shauna's truck. We roamed the super busy Visitors Center for a few minutes, and then made our way out of the park and north toward I-70 on a lonesome highway. Epic visit, and one of my adult goals realized, by seeing Bryce Canyon again.
    Peek-A-Boo Loop
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    I hiked the "Figure 8" hoodoo hike as described in the Bryce Canyon National Park Visitors Guide. I started out clockwise down the Queens Garden Trail. I remember some of it from hiking here almost 43 years ago. Then at the Peek-a-boo junction I went counter-clockwise around the Peek-a-Boo Trail. then went up the Wall Street Section of the Navajo Trail. As the Visitor Guide says: "Combine Queens Garden, Peekaboo Loop, and Navajo Trail into one ultimate hike!". Hope to come back in another 43 years to hike it again :y:

    Part of a Zion NP - Bryce Canyon NP 5 day weekend. With my friend & trainer Hoem Winn and his 7 year old son Van Lathen (the reason for the McDonald's stops).
    27 June 2012 Wednesday
    Left Phoenix 0615
    Stopped Camp Verde McDonalds
    Stopped Cameron (Gas)
    Stopped Horseshoe Bend
    (this was Longer and sandier than I remembered)
    Stopped Glen Canyon Dam
    Stopped Mt. Carmel Junction
    East Entry Zion
    Reanger told us that the Park Campgrounds full.
    Model T Rally
    Tunnel Wait
    1400 Visitor Center - Info showed Watchman availability
    Watchman Campground tent loop. Site 16. No Shade. Hot.
    Drive to Springdale

    28 June 2012 Thursday
    Transfer to South Campground
    Shuttle to Temple of Sinewava. Two guys from Salt Lake canyoneering Mystery
    Riverside Walk to The Narrows. Lots of people outfitted by Zion Outfitters.
    Various Stops
    Too hot to attempt Angels Landing
    Grotto to Kayenta Trail to Middle and Upper Emerald Pools
    Shuttle to Springdale
    1630 Back to camp
    Drive past La Verkin to Hurricane to McDonalds and Lin's Grocery Store on State St (Gas)

    29 June 2012 Friday
    Drive to Bryce Canyon
    Mt. Carmel Junction
    Ranger recommended Sunset Campground Loop C.
    Chose Site 304
    General Store and Lodge
    Visited various viewpoints
    Sunrise Point for Sunset (oops)

    30 June 2012 Saturday
    Mossy Cave Junior Ranger Program Volunteer Tracy Cobb
    Visitor Center
    Figure 8 - out clockwise Queens Garden - brought back memories
    Counter Clockwise Peek-a-boo
    Met KKRTrek and wife from Ashland
    In on Navajo Loop Wall Street section
    Back to Camp
    General Store for Shower
    At Camp - Van Lathen made friends with kids - Michelle (almost 6), Mark, Michael and mother Monica
    Dinner - Hoem and Van Lathen to General Store
    Alan to Bryce Canyon Lodge - Olesya (Russia) and Anna (Russia)
    Black eyed Pea, cilantro, pesto Hummus
    Arugula, beets, pinyon nuts, goat cheese, balsamic salad
    Bison Steak, white beans, asparagus

    01 July 2012 Sunday
    Mt. Carmel Junction (Gas)
    Kanab to 89A
    Jacob Lake
    Zuni Fetish for Jessica
    North Rim Grand Canyon
    Navajo Bridge
    Flagstaff McDonalds (Gas)
    Hopi Festival Museum of Northern Arizona
    Cordes Junction
    Peek-A-Boo Loop
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    We decided to hike a super loop through the heart of the ampitheater and take advantage of the pre-holiday weekend crowds. Hiked down Wall Street from Sunset Point then connected with the Peekaboo Loop hiking that clockwise. We had to wait until the family with 4 children decided which way they were going then we went the opposite way :) Hiked around Peekaboo and then up Navajo Loop arriving back at Sunset Point. Great hike with lots of hoo-doos and ya-hoos. It was nothing short of spectacular! We could have done without the wind blowing sand with 45+ mph gusts but nothing can take away from this the beauty of this canyon.

    I just love Bryce.
    Peek-A-Boo Loop
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    LOVE LOVE LOVE this trail. It was a little tough for me because I fell HARD in the Escalante River a few days earlier and messed up my knee but this was SO worth it. After we descended into the canyon, hiked amongst the hoodoos and saw the wall of windows....I was hooked. We spent lots of time taking pictures and enjoying the scenery but we are also on vacation so it wasn't about how much time it took us to hike it in or out. I was surprised at the amount of people on this trail. One of the "must do" trails in Bryce.
    Peek-A-Boo Loop
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    Awesome hike in the heart of the Bryce Amphitheater in Bryce Canyon National Park. Lots of elevation change once you get off of the Sunset Trail, and onto the Peek-A-Boo Loop, but boy is it gorgeous! Great hoodoos and arches, and a few little streams here and there. Its rated by the park as strenuous, and I would agree with that assessment.
    Peek-A-Boo Loop
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    The Figure 8 (Bryce Canyon NP)
    Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah: We started from Sunset Point down the Navajo loop (only one side was open at the time), from the junction we went over and did the Peckaboo loop and back, then we hiked out on the Queens Garden trail stopping by the Queen Victoria sidetrail, and finally on the rim at Sunrise Point we returned to the car via the Rim trail. This was such a sweet trip. :D

    Permit $$

    Bryce Canyon National Park
    Per vehicle good for 7 days Entrance Fee Information

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Kanab, take US89 north to Panguitch Junction. Turn right onto Utah Route 12 (signed for Bryce Canyon). Follow UT12 through Red Canyon up to the Ruby's/Bryce Canyon turn-off. Take that road in to the park, or catch the shuttle at Ruby's. Pay the entrance fee and park at the Visitor's Center to catch the free shuttle, or continue down the park road to Sunset Point parking area. The trail starts from here.
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