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Oct 12 2017
emilystardust
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 Triplogs 278

38 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Peek-a-boo GulchSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2017
emilystardust
Hiking4.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
600 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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May 24 2015
GrottoGirl
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 Guides 3
 Routes 311
 Photos 11,581
 Triplogs 1,356

45 female
 Joined Sep 18 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Slot Canyons of Dry Fork Coyote GulchSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Canyoneering avatar May 24 2015
GrottoGirl
Canyoneering8.86 Miles 632 AEG
Canyoneering8.86 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   2.11 mph
632 ft AEG   1 Hour   43 Mns Break
 
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BiFrost
RedwallNHops
slowandsteady
We awoke to a day that seemed like it might possibly be slot canyon worthy. So, off we went to the Dry Fork Trailhead. We spoke to the ranger, who thought my plan seemed ambitious, guess he didn't know who we were :o Based on his response it meant we had to accomplish our goal! Although we kept his warning about how a drizzle had caused issues for a boyscout group in Brimstone not too many year ago.

We started off with all the tourists and then branched off and checked out Dry Fork which has a nice beginner slot canyon feel to it. Only a couple small moves were required and we had checked it off the list pretty quickly.

We proceeded to Peek-a-boo's entrance which we all agreed seemed harder then we imagined since it is often considered a family canyon. We watched one Dad drag his family up the short entrance climb. While we watched, we got nervous because we hoped we would execute the climb better than they did since we were accustomed to climbing. After a few seconds we realized we could do it using some caving friction techniques and we were able to scramble up and assist the rest of our group.

Peek-a-boo is one fun canyon! You can do a variety of moves to get through it. We did have one pool to cross, yet somehow Josh executed a move that is likely unrepeatable where he calculated a jump/grab/touchdown flawlessly. The rest of us choose to play it safe and went though the knee deep pool. We had a lot of fun coaching Kathy through some of the sections - canyoneering isn't her normal activity (she seems to prefer those 30 mile stretches of the AZT no matter how high the AEG!).

We continued on and suddenly Joel was saying hi to someone. He spotted one of my coworkers from a previous company! We were so excited to run into someone we knew in the middle of nowhere! We departed with hugs and continued on since they had done the loop in the opposite direction.

Soon we were done with Peak-a-boo and it was time to cross over to Spooky. We made quick work of the cross over trail and soon we were descending into Spooky which is a tighter canyon. Most people have to remove their packs but for the most part I kept mine on unless I had to do a big downclimb. I had brought my REI Flash pack which is pretty low profile and thus perfect for this trip. Unfortunately, we encountered several parties going up Spooky which meant we had to get out of the way. I was happy to stem up and then sit positioned above everyone as they passed me. Soon we were done with Spooky and I was really glad we hadn't just done the typical tourist agenda and had more exploring to do.

We ate our lunch and then continued toward Brimstone and Little Canyon. We decided to overshoot Brimstone and go to Dry Canyon first. After a false start we got going up Dry Canyon until it narrowed down to the point that Josh nearly got stuck. He's an excellent caver and we knew he'd turn around just at the right point. Not all of the team could go with us to that tight of a squeeze. Joel and I nearly made it as far as Josh. One the way down we were able to go the way of the false start - an impossible upclimb. Josh squeezed through a tight twist and then dropped into a dry pothole. From there he partner captured those of us who wanted to try the nearly impossible looking drop.

After Dry Canyon we continued to Brimstone. We spotted a sand dune along the way and Karl, Josh, and I played on it. Karl figured out the plunge step and I managed a modified slide on my pumpkin.

Soon we were in the slot of Brimstone. We continued until we met a pool. First Josh tried it and ended up stemming above to a wide spot he couldn't navigate without getting in the water. Then I tried and choose to go in the water until it was almost up to my chest, then once it seemed like the bottom might drop up I started to stem but didn't get much farther than Josh due to the widening. Karl came in but the thought of the water penetrating his chest pockets were he was keeping his camera and other important stuff caused him to turn around. I would have swam it but not without a partner or a wetsuit, so we turned around. We still had a fabulous time!

We hiked out and returned to camp to celebrate Joel's birthday which was the next day!
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May 24 2015
RedwallNHops
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 Guides 1
 Routes 10
 Photos 410
 Triplogs 1,132

45 male
 Joined Dec 22 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Slot Canyons of Dry Fork Coyote GulchSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Canyoneering avatar May 24 2015
RedwallNHops
Canyoneering8.86 Miles 632 AEG
Canyoneering8.86 Miles   5 Hrs   55 Mns   2.11 mph
632 ft AEG   1 Hour   43 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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May 24 2015
BiFrost
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 Guides 4
 Routes 354
 Photos 7,472
 Triplogs 899

50 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Peek-a-Boo - Spooky - Brimstone Slot Canyons, UT 
Peek-a-Boo - Spooky - Brimstone Slot Canyons, UT
 
Hiking avatar May 24 2015
BiFrost
Hiking9.00 Miles 763 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   7 Hrs   15 Mns   1.24 mph
763 ft AEG
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1st trip
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GrottoGirl
RedwallNHops
slowandsteady
Sunday was reserved for the tourist portion of our trip. After seeing no one on Saturday at Red Breaks this day would be totally different exploring Peek-a-boo, Spooky, Brimstone, Dry Fork, and Little Canyons. First up we did short section of Dry Fork narrows before backtracking to Peek-a-boo. Right at the started we encountered two groups trying to make the initial climb into Peek-a-boo so we had to wait 10 or 15 minutes. Eventually we made it into the slot and headed up through the canyon. It's a short hike making the end and the trail access over to Spooky. Then dropped into Spooky and headed down canyon which is more narrow than Peek-a-boo. Half way through we encountered a few groups in the narrow part going the other direction so had to back up, stem, or find creative ways to pass each other. Very nice slot despite all the traffic and made the end quickly.

Before heading over to Brimstone we hit a more obscure slot called Little. It was very short but had some water and rock obstacles that made this side trip worthwhile. One climb in particular provided some fun for the group negotiating a slide and drop maneuver that made for some great pics.

Next up Brimstone which in my opinion is the best of the three canyons and also the least accessible. It's an extra 1.5 mile hike one way which deters many of the tourists. The hike into Brimstone is interesting on it's own with wide sweeping sandy turns in the wash, high sandstone walls, and large sculpted sand dunes. Once at the entrance Brimstone narrows and darkens quickly. It's deeper and longer than the other canyons and is also an out and back with the slot becoming so narrow you are forced to turn around. However, unfortunately on this day we were forced to turn around sooner because of chest high ice cold water about 1/3 of the way up canyon. We tried stemming, wading, and any possible way to get around the water obstacle but it was too deep and continued out of sight for at least 100 feet. Disappointed we headed back although it was still cool to see part of the slot. We didn't see anyone on the Brimstone hike in contrast to the multiple groups on the other slot canyons. Made it back to the parking lot which was now full and enjoyed a beverage before heading back to the car camp spot.
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May 24 2015
slowandsteady
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 Routes 67
 Photos 966
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46 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Peek-a-Boo - Spooky - Brimstone Slot Canyons, UT 
Peek-a-Boo - Spooky - Brimstone Slot Canyons, UT
 
Hiking avatar May 24 2015
slowandsteady
Hiking9.00 Miles 763 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   7 Hrs   15 Mns   1.24 mph
763 ft AEG
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1st trip
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GrottoGirl
RedwallNHops
An awesome day of playing in the slot canyons. I was lucky to have experienced canyoneers to help tell me some tricks and to help push and pull and get me through.
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Mar 23 2015
outdoor_lover
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 Guides 7
 Routes 50
 Photos 12,832
 Triplogs 563

57 female
 Joined Aug 19 2011
 Scottsdale, AZ
Slot Canyons of Dry Fork Coyote GulchSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Canyoneering avatar Mar 23 2015
outdoor_lover
Canyoneering4.50 Miles 546 AEG
Canyoneering4.50 Miles
546 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
Have I ever Mentioned that I Love Canyons????? :D

Time for some Slot Canyons... :y: This Hike was a 3 for the Price of 1...A Real Bargain in Canyoneering :sweat:
I did 6 Slot Canyons in 3 Days, and 3 of them were on this Day...

When I got to the TH, I got the last Parking Spot... :o Pretty busy for a Weekday in the middle of Nowhere... :sweat: Got down to Dry Fork, went to the Entrance of Peek-a-boo, saw a Line of People waiting to get up in there and decided to start with Spooky on this Loop... :sweat:

In the Dry Fork Coyote Gulch Description, it states that if you can do Spooky without a Pack, do it...That Description nails this down...Even with a Butt Pack, I ended carrying it almost the whole way...You literally do this Canyon sideways for 75% of it's Length...Think Fat Man's Pass stretched out for about 1 Mile... :lol: This Canyon is seriously not for people with Claustrophobia...And unfortunately, this Canyon is not One-Way, so I was meeting people coming down...Luckily, there were a few Areas that were Wide Enough for people to squeak by each other...One Chockstone towards the End initially looked intimidating, but after taking a good look, it went pretty easy...And then I was out and heading up and around to descend down Peek-a-boo...

Peek-a-boo from the Top, Down, was interesting...It started to Slot up right away, but then widened back out and didn't go deep until almost the End...The Bottom 300 Feet of this Canyon is absolutely Amazing...I'll let the Photos detail that a bit...There were also Potholes very close to the Bottom and they had a bit of Water in them...With a Slide, a Slip, a slight Gyration over the Water and an Instantaneous, Unplanned Leg Split, I somehow stayed Dry on the First Pothole. The Second was just a little Ledge Walking with a BIG Step to avoid the Water and seemed much easier in Comparison....A little Downclimbing to get out of the Slot, which was fun too... :D

Took a Break in Dry Fork and then headed up the Narrows of it...Went up it until it started to really widen out and then turned around and came back...Those Narrows felt like a Superhighway compared to Peek-a-boo and Spooky... :)

Hiked back up the Hill and back to the Vehicle...I spent enough time down there that 75% of the Parking Lot was now Empty... 8)

What else can I say...Another Awesome Day in Utah... :) And another Huge Photoset.... :sl:

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Peek-a-boo Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Calf Deep Pools in the Potholes at the Bottom...
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Jun 15 2013
AZLOT69
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 Guides 175
 Routes 247
 Photos 7,704
 Triplogs 1,884

69 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Peek-a-boo GulchSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Canyoneering avatar Jun 15 2013
AZLOT69
Canyoneering8.00 Miles 1,275 AEG
Canyoneering8.00 Miles
1,275 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Incredible. Pictures speak a thousand words.
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average hiking speed 1.68 mph

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.

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