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Apr 22 2018

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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Peekaboo TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2018
Hiking3.68 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.68 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   2.48 mph
600 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
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After our morning hike to the confluence overlook we opted to check out the Peekaboo Trail. This can be hiked to from Lost Canyon on the west end, or from the Horse Canyon/Salt Creek 4x4 road on the east end. This road is gated closed and you must get a permit from the visitor center to gain access to the gate code. The reason why is you'll need a beefy 4x4 vehicle that can handle deep sand, and especially deep water. There are numerous water crossings in the 2.5 miles of driving and one stretch of a couple hundred yards where the water is 30" deep. Keep your foot on the gas and whatever you do, don't stop, and you'll be fine! :)

The old Horse Canyon road is now closed, so continuing upstream to a variety of archaeological sites now requires foot travel. I'm not sure if the road opens in other seasons, it looked to be pretty permanent.

Once we arrived at the trailhead, we quickly headed up to the arch and adjacent petroglyph site before errantly continuing down into Salt Creek. We realized our error and backtracked to the Peekaboo trail which traversed around to the coolest break we encountered on the whole trip. The NPS has installed a ladder in a narrow crack of rock that you climb 25 feet to reach the next level.

From here, the views open up revealing endless varieties of red and white sandstone geology, intermittently cut by green vegetated canyons. We proceeded in, out, and around a few drainages and peninsulas before deciding to call it a day and head back to the truck.

We did see one other group on this hike, but it's a bit of a haul from the paved trailheads, so I don't think Peekaboo gets much visitation. But it would be a great out n back dayhike for anybody backpacking in Lost Canyon or Squaw Canyon for sure.
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Jan 18 2015

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45 female
 Joined Feb 12 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Peekaboo TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2015
Hiking8.50 Miles 560 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles
560 ft AEG
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Day 3 of my Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador Trip. We went to the Needles District of Canyonlands, and hiked Lost Canyon to Peekaboo Trail. We had hoped to go to Peekaboo Spring, but were stopped by an uninviting icy traverse along sloping slickrock.

I didn’t care where we ended up, as long as I was enjoying the outdoors with new friends. The landscape was dotted with gorgeous tinajas- slickrock pockets full of water after recent rains. The other Trail Ambassadors, most from cool, wet climates probably couldn’t understand my giddiness over such a small amount of agua. Grant Sible, president of Gossamer Gear, joined us and it was so nice to meet him and Glen Van Peski, who founded the company. There was an international contingent as well- Tomo from Japan who owns an ultralight backpacking store in Tokyo, Hiker’s Depot. I sent some Arizona Trail maps back to Japan with him.

One of the best parts of the weekend was getting to talk trails with others who are just as obsessed as I am. We kept intersecting parts of the Hayduke Trail and geeked out with the guidebook, trying to figure out where it ran in the area. Plans for adventures big and small were discussed and tips and tricks exchanged. It was a fantastic experience.

I really enjoyed the fact that there were so many women represented, including Heather “Anish” Anderson, who has the PCT unsupported speed record and Liz “Snorkel” Thomas, who has the Appalachian Trail unsupported speed record. Always inspiring to meet ladies who kick ass!

In the evening, some people asked me if I had a presentation with me about the Arizona Trail. Of course- that’s what I do for a living! I got to give my full slideshow and I’m pretty sure I left some people dreaming of future thru-hikes of the AZT. I even got a mention on the latest episode of The Trail Show podcast (at about 52:00).

There were two more days of Ambassador fun, and Outdoor Retailer after that, but I had to leave in order to be home on the 20th for Mr. Sirena's birthday. No missing that date, no matter how much I wished I could hike some more! I took the scenic route back through the Grand Canyon and met Levi Davis, the wonderful videographer who produced the new AZT promo, so that he could see his work on the IMAX screen. It's so great that thousands and thousands of people will learn about the AZT while waiting for the Grand Canyon movie to start. :y: The promo is also played on all the TV screens inside the visitor center and there is a giant billboard promoting the AZT exhibit on East Rim Drive.
Throwing a Wendy
"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view."
-Edward Abbey
Mar 30 2013

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 Joined Nov 18 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Canyonlands-NeedlesDistrict, UT 
Canyonlands-NeedlesDistrict, UT
Backpack avatar Mar 30 2013
Backpack74.00 Miles 7,000 AEG
Backpack74.00 Miles7 Days         
7,000 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
1st trip
7 Days in the Needles District of Canyonlands. Attractions included Druid Arch, Chesler Park, Angel Arch, awesome slickrock and ancient art and dwellings.

Water was scarse at the beginning, but Salt Creek was flowing for the majority of our itinerary, for which we were grateful to not have to carry multiple gallons of water.

For once, found someone else crazy enough to spend a week away from modern conveniences.

Spectacularly complex geology in an isolated area. Glad to have visited it once.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Very isolated, this area appears to have received very little moisture this winter.

dry Chesler Canyon Dry Dry
Dry as a bone along the area of the Joint trail trailhead.

dry Elephant Canyon Dry Dry
Dry except for the spring near Druid Arch

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Lost Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Lost Canyon had water trickling in the very upper section, and had pools along the trail near the intersection with Squaw Canyon.

dry Peekaboo Spring Dry Dry
The area this spring is on HAZ is dry, but Salt creek had water about a half mile upcreek.

dry Peekaboo Spring Dry Dry
I believe this spring has been covered by a landslide and is no longer a reliable source of water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Salt Creek Medium flow Medium flow
Salt Creek was flowing between approx 1 mile above Peekaboo to about the SC3 area. It was also flowing at a crossing in Upper Salt, but was also dry at other areas above SC3.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Squaw Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Squaw Canyon had water pools and trickling the last quarter mile to Lost Canyon

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Upper Jump Medium flow Medium flow
Salt creek was flowing well from SC3 area to about 1 mile before Peekaboo Camp. At the upper jump waterfall it was flowing over the falls.

dry West Fork Salt Creek Dry Dry
At the junction with Salt, I didn't notice the west fork contributing any flow to Salt, but did not check upstream where there may be more reliable points for water.

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Sep 06 2012

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63 male
 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Peek-a-Boo - Spooky Loop, UT 
Peek-a-Boo - Spooky Loop, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2012
Hiking2.70 Miles 560 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   3 Hrs      0.90 mph
560 ft AEG
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We hiked this old favorite while out off of Hole-in-the-Rock Road scouting Zebra, Brimstone and others.
On our trip it was totally dry all the way through both canyons - this is a quick, easy introduction to the slot canyons that are all over the Escalante.
Although passable by most any vehicle, as usual the H-i-t-R Rd. is an abomination of washboarding, so take your time or a quad or dirt bike.
Trailhead is at about 037 28'35.57"N,x 111 13'13.07"W.
Jun 19 2012

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38 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Peekaboo TrailSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2012
Hiking9.50 Miles 2,305 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.24 mph
2,305 ft AEG      35 Mns Break30 LBS Pack
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I awoke in my camp overlooking Arch Canyon and knew I had choices to make. I could either descend Elk Ridge towards Blanding and Monticello, get gas and ice, and make my way to Canyonlands OR drive across the ridge and drop down into Dark Canyon. I wouldn't need gas for the second option, but my cold food would probably spoil. My piece of crap cooler couldn't even manage to keep one bag of ice frozen for 8 hours. Garbage. Choices choices. I made the more expensive choice and following the winding dirt road along the eastern side of Elk Ridge, then dropping down into South Cottonwood. Along the way I surprised a mother with her fawn, only a couple hours old. So cute! The little feller couldn't even use his legs right yet, so he just tucked himself into the defensive ball. "I hope you don't see me, human!" Good luck - located right in the middle of the forest road. I crept by slowly, taking pictures.
I drove down through Blanding and then headed for Monticello. I figured gassing up further north would extend my legs into the backcountry. Daylight was burning, even on this almost-longest day of the year. Choices again at Church Rock. Do I continue north to Island in the Sky and the Upheaval Dome, or bear west for the Needles?
I turn left, bearing west. What the heck, why not? No map, no coverage to download a topo onto my GPS/phone. Who cares. I'm going hiking one way or the other.
I rolled my way past Newspaper Rock, down into Indian Creek. What a freaking amazing gorgeous gorge! At Newspaper Rock the canyon is narrow, the walls towering around you. Below Indian Rock, however, the scale changes. The canyon opens up. The walls become higher, the views longer. Far off monuments and spires shimmer in the heat and distance. The Orange Cliffs, the Chocolate Drops, Island in the Sky all visible on the horizon. It is almost too much to bear - a terrible endless vista of insane stone with no shade and no way across it save for toil and sweat.
And the road I'm driving on, which brings me promptly to the Visitor's Center. The ranger was busy talking to another guest. I wandered around in the tiny museum. Ranger was still busy. Resigning myself to a wait, I got in line. Another ranger came to help her (and therefore me) out.
"Hi, can I help you?"
"Looking to do some hiking."
"Ever been here before?"
"Nope. Never."
"Well, we've got all of our hikes arranged in these binders. Here's the short, medium, and -," closing another binder and pushing it towards me, "the long ones. Let me know if you have any questions."
I already did but it was too late. She was on to the next customer. I thumbed through the "medium" binder first. Then the short. Its hot, I thought, ignoring the longs and going back to the medium ones. Nothing was jumping out at me. What the heck. Let's see the long ones.
At first they seem too long for a half day in 97 degree heat: 17 miles, 22 miles, etc. But then a crack in the rock with a ladder caught my eye. Peekaboo, it said. More pictures: a keyhole arch and ancient rock art. Fantastic. Now, just a few questions...
It was not to be. The ranger helped a few more people before I gave up. Without so much as a park map in hand I headed for the door. I hoped I could find my way to Squaw Flat, where the trail to Peekaboo began.
Despite having limited paved roads I did manage to get turned around a few times. Eventually, though, I did make it to the trailhead. I made myself a sandwich, pre-hydrated, loaded my gear, and got on the trail.
The trail crossed a sage park before ascending a slickrock fin, then dropping down into Squaw Canyon. At the bottom of Squaw a trail branched off to the right. It headed downcanyon and looped back to the trailhead. The sign at the junction told me I had covered 1.1 miles and still had 4.9 to go until Peekaboo Spring. Spring? Damn you ranger!
Another sage parkland, the trail angling for another slickrock fin jutting out from a large mesa to the east. On the approach I passed an NPS volunteer - the last person I would see on the trail. I walked into a copse of juniper and pinon at the base of the fin and then began my ascent. From the crest of the ridge I was treated to insane views of slickrock, hoodoos, fins, arches, canyons - naked geology everywhere! Then followed the descent into what I knew was called Lost Canyon. According to one display at the VC it was so named due to the ease of getting lost in its many branches. Reassuring stuff.
Once below the rim it was easy to find and then follow the sandy wash-bottom trail. Gradually the canyon widened as I moved downstream. The side canyon I was in intersected another, much larger, canyon draining from the west. Lost itself. At least that's what the sign in the wash bottom told me. 2.6 miles under my boots already, 2.8 to go to the spring - and already 1/2 down on my supply of Gatorade. Slightly concerned but undefeated I pressed on.
The trail climbed sharply up the south wall of Lost. I took a 15 minute break in the shade on the trudge up. Hot. Tired. I finally dragged myself out of my reprieve and over a low pourover to make the bench at the rim of Lost.
I had crossed into a land of slickrock. No more easy wash-bottom hiking for me. The rest of the hike would be on an angle. I crossed fins, traversed sloping platforms and climbed over domes as I worked my way around the heads of several Lost tributaries.
Walking next to one such sandstone fin I spotted a cairn - one of the dozens that had done an admirable job of guiding my path to that point. I walked to the cairn and there, to my surprise, was the keyhole arch. Peekaboo! I dropped my kit right there and rested in the shade of its aperture. As I rested I contemplated. The trail continued around the next tributary, as evidenced by several cairns, but I was now out of Gatorade. Without disassembling my pack I had no way of deciphering how much water remained in my Camelbak. To sort things out I decided to at least step through the arch and look around on the other side. I still hadn't seen the Barrier Canyon rock art that the VC photos promised so I scouted briefly for them. No luck. I wanted to press on, but the water situation weighed heavily. "I just don't have enough water," I said aloud - my first vocalization since dropping into Lost.
Turning around to go back through the arch then I paused and looked down. No joke this is what was there - a blue water bottle half-filled with some electrolyte drink. Goosebumps ran up and down my spine and limbs. "No way." I looked around again to see if I had simply not seen another hiker. No one was in sight. There was no sound at all. It was hot and smelled. I didn't care - I had water. I had permission to hike on.
I loaded back up and with the new water weight on my back I hiked around the head of the Lost drainage. At the point opposite the arch the trail dropped down towards the wash bottom, just south of where Lost dumps into a tributary of Salt Canyon. I almost headed all the way to the bottom but something caught my eye before that last drop. A masonry wall beneath the rim of three connected mushroom rocks. Instead of going down I moved out laterally, exploring the ruins. Still no rock art. Leaving with only a mild sense of disappointment I headed back up the fin to the slickrock above Lost. Back around the camel rock. Across the joints and down the big drop into Lost. Sipping water.
Uh-oh. My bladder ran dry just at the bottom of Lost. 2.6 miles to go, 97 degrees in the air. No choice now - time to push on through. Pushing myself up the canyon and up the slickrock. The ladder. The fin. Dropping down into Squaw. Pushing on - at least the pack was light then. 1.1 miles to go, a dehydration headache building. Shriveled brain banging against my skull with every step. Sun in my face and wind now too. Hat tries to escape. Face down. Watch the trail. Stupid hiking poles - dead weight now. Pushing up the last fin. Across the last parkland. I see the water spigot. Almost...there.
Next time I talk to the goldang freaking ranger no matter what.
Mule Deer
"The only thing we did was wrong was staying in the wilderness to long...the only thing we did was right was the day we started to fight..."
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