Early morning hike while visiting in Kanab. Got up on 4:30 and was at the TH around 5. The initial trail in is basically an ATV track made up of soft, dense, deep, fine sand!! The sand was so fine that I could literally see the tracks of beetles as they crossed the sand. Hundreds of tracks ranging from beetles and birds to snakes, rabbit and deer. That was the only cool thing about this part of the hike. Felt like I was hiking with half the sand dune in my shoes. The trail/(track) is labeled as 102. It splits off a couple of times. Just keep on the one heading in a generally eastward direction. It took about 2.85 miles to reach the wash. The trail is not signed at this point. But just stay in the wash and head upstream. It's kind of ironic how the wash was much firmer than the ATV that I came in on. Follow the wash for about .9 miles. There will a single hoodoo off to the right. The entry point for the slot canyon will be on the far left. I was in there too early to have the sunlight play off the walls, but I was still impressed with what I saw. The slot canyon is divided into three sections...the canyon will open up a couple times between slots. The slot was pretty awesome. There was a dripping spring high up on a moss covered wall. I could hear the water dripping into a pool above me. The other cool feature is what appeared to be animal (maybe dinosaur) tracks going up the side of the wall. Need PaleoRob to confirm. Overall very cool slot canyon, though admittedly this was only my third slot canyon. Most people who do this canyon take ATV's down to the slot.
Note: On the BLM Topo, this is called 'Red Canyon Slot.'
Once we left the trailhead, I realized I could've driven down the road to the slot canyon, making the 3 mile approach much quicker. The shallow sandy road would be easily navigable with a mid-clearance AWD vehicle. It had even snowed the day before, and the road was in fine condition. The approach was so long that I decided to test out a cross-country route. It wasn't much faster, so we stuck to the road on the way back. I guess the only positive aspect of the approach to the slot is that you do get to see some awesome pink sand dunes!
As for the slot hike itself. It's cool. But I was left underwhelmed. I think I was expecting to be wowed after the long approach. For a lot less effort, there are many other better canyons in this area. One positive thing about Red Rock Slot: we were the only ones around. Helps to go in mid-January
Was up in Kanab for a family reunion over the 4th. My brother in law suggested this trail. We rode quads most of the way from the trailhead off Hwy 89 to the slot canyon. The slot was cool, with logs and chockstones lodged in the walls above. Beautiful and lots of solitude (we saw no one else on the hike). We caught a small snake in the slot. On the way back, we enjoyed playing on the sand dunes. I'll try to post some photos later.
Beautiful slot canyon, very colorful. There was no one else there.
It's best for a man to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open his mouth and remove all doubt.
average hiking speed 2.78 mph
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