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Buckskin Gulch TH to Wire Pass - 1 member in 5 triplogs has rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 08 2021
00blackout
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46 male
 Joined Mar 14 2016
 Apache Junction,
Buckskin Gulch TH to Wire PassSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar May 08 2021
00blackout
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,097 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.50 mph
1,097 ft AEG
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Woke up way before the sun Saturday morning for an adventure up north. Got to the Buckskin Gulch TH around 9 and off we went. The first couple miles are in an open canyon, then it tightens up and the fun begins. Hiked down a couple of miles to Wire Pass and took that out the TH. Hitched a ride in the back of a truck the remaining 6 miles back to the start. We then headed down to White Pocket to setup camp however, 50 mph winds had something to say about putting up a tent. We were finally able to find a campsite with some nice trees that protected us from the wind. Hiked over to White Pocket and watched the sun set. The next morning we hiked back over to White Pocket again and had the entire place to ourselves for a good hour. Packed up camp and headed home making a quick stop at the dinosaur tracks in Tuba City.
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Mar 28 2020
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 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Buckskin Gulch TH to Wire PassSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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Climbing1.00 Miles
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We found some limestone climbing in the Gulch. The limestone was sharp, a little chossy and steep, but it was climbing. This is not a destination crag, but rather climbing at a destination, but we still had a good time.

To reach the crag, walk up canyon from the turn off for the upper Buckskin Trailhead.
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Mar 25 2020
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Buckskin Gulch TH to Wire PassSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2020
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Hiking4.40 Miles
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A little morning hike with the pups during my self quarantine to the Arizona Strip/Utah Desert. I had to keep the hiking short for the young pup, but I still enjoyed the scenery and hike as did the dogs. The road in is dry, rutted pretty badly in spots, but dry.

While on my way to Grosvenor Arch afterwards, I got a sliver of service and learned I was needed back in Phoenix, looks like we found a way to get kids learning again. I turned around right there and headed home. I hope this is just one small step towards a return to normalcy for all of us soon.
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Apr 01 2017
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 Joined Jun 17 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Buckskin Gulch TH to Wire PassSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Canyoneering avatar Apr 01 2017
cdeperro
Canyoneering9.93 Miles 875 AEG
Canyoneering9.93 Miles   3 Hrs   47 Mns   2.71 mph
875 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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See my triplog for the previous day, March 31, 2017 for more details. This is the photoset for the following day...April 1, 2017, when we retraced our steps because House Rock Valley road was solid sticky mud from Buckskin Gulch TH to Wire Pass.

I put my 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk in 4WD and still was fishtailing....because my treads and wheel wells were solid with sticky clay! Plan B then....redo Buckskin Gulch to Wire Pass, and then travel downstream in Buckskin Gulch until we decide to turn around...which was at the first pool of water we got to, about a mile south of the Wire Pass confluence.

It was worth redoing....the day was sunnier, though the wash and the slot way more wet (with water still running) than the day prior.
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Mar 31 2017
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 Phoenix, AZ
Buckskin Gulch TH to Wire PassSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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cdeperro
Canyoneering9.86 Miles 598 AEG
Canyoneering9.86 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   2.65 mph
598 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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This hike was a scouting event for a future group hike. I took a good friend along and we first stopped off at the BLM Paria Contact Station on Route 89, where they told us House Rock Valley road was quite sticky and rutted past the Buckskin Gulch TH (i.e. the rest of the way to the more popular trailhead, Wire Pass). So we decided to go see how bad the condition of road was from 89 to Buckskin Gulch TH. Just after leaving the contact station, we picked up an Australian hitchhiker who we had seen loading his pack at his car near the contact station. Turned out he was going to do the Buckskin-Paria loop back to the contact station, so we had some additional company for a while!

The road was fine to Buckskin Gulch TH--we didn't try past that, so I don't know the condition--this day. Keep reading.

We unloaded and started out as light snow flurries started coming. Well, at least they wouldn't cause a flood, right? We thoroughly enjoyed all of the sandstone formations, the same types as a bit further south in the Coyote Buttes area. There are many trails which "shortcut" the corners of the wash, but you can follow the wash all the way if you want. Some of the sand in the wash wasn't as easy to walk on so we took a few of the shortcuts.

About 3 miles in we got to the beginning of the famous Buckskin Gulch slot canyon. It's pretty cool coming in this way...it's a gradual narrowing, and when the slot is only about 30' deep you get excited because it's starting. Then it gets deeper...and deeper....and darker, and very cool. This area, still upstream of the Wire Pass confluence, is very scenic and far less rocky than the Buckskin Gulch slot downstream from Wire Pass. But I'm getting ahead.

We arrived at the confluence with Wire Pass, which is pretty obvious. We found the trail register, which is near the faint petroglyphs on the south side of the Wire Pass canyon, left of the big arch. We then hiked a bit up Wire Pass to see what it was all about, and yes, it's pretty darn narrow! Very cool.

At this point, our Australian friend (Felix) set off on the rest of his hike while me and my friend returned the way we came...with a bit better weather as the day went on.

The next day was intended to be a hike from Wire Pass into Buckskin, and then further downstream in Buckskin, but that was not to be as the rain happened again overnight and getting to Wire Pass was not possible. House Rock Valley Road was impassable south of Buckskin Gulch TH, even with a Jeep Cherokee in 4WD--too much sticky clay. So we ended up redoing this same hike (on a sunnier day) but in a much wetter canyon, and went a bit below Wire Pass.

This hike is very much worth doing....I know a lot of people want to "get right in the slot" at Wire Pass, but consider this version. You get the slot canyon, but a lot of other gorgeous scenery too.

I also want to thank ddgrunning for his excellent trail report for his Buckskin-Paria hike earlier this month! Was really helpful to read such a recent triplog in planning this hike.
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