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“Amazing Spooky and Peek-a-boo!”
Review of Peekaboo Gulch

Peekaboo Gulch
Ranked #4 of 26 things to do in Escalante
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The gulch is most famous because of the last 100 meters, before the junction with Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch - here the ravine cuts deeper into the sandstone, with a series of interlinked potholes, extravagant swirls and fins of rock, and several arches; these different openings and the many corners and crevices account for the curious name of this canyon.
Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Amazing Spooky and Peek-a-boo!”
Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

A group of four of us wanted to hike the slot caverns of Escalante. And we did and they are amazing.

We used a guide and I am so glad we did, as it is much more difficult than expected - with areas that you had to climb and scramble and portions that were only 11" wide. There was a place that someone had scratched out "dead end" (bad vandals) - it would have but our guide Shawn of escape goats patiently led us over it.

It was one of the highlights of our trip.

I would recommend using a guide. I don't think we actually would have been able it do it without him and I know that we would not have been able to find the right cavern. There is one just at the bottom of the trail that we saw a lot of people on but it is neither spooky or peekaboo.

I highly recommend it as it is such an experience.

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“Spooky (when you find it) is so much fun!”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

First things first - Peekaboo (due to September rains?) is virtually impossible to get into - a local photographer suggested entering from the other end. We had a hard time finding Spooky, but once we did, it was a great, VERY NARROW, slot canyon with beautiful rock faces.

The dirt road access into Peakaboo from the Hole in the Rock Rd is very washed out. You may have to walk the extra mile or so to get to the trailhead. 4WD Trucks have no problem. The trail from the TH to the wash is well marked with cairns. We just had a problem finding the cairns in the wash to Spooky.

Visited October 2013
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Basel, Switzerland
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“A real highlight when in Escalante”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

This was our grandchildren's first slot cvanyon, and they loved it. The mud puddle at the bottom was too big, so we entered from the top of the canyon. This is easy to do by leaving the wash and going up and over to the left of the mouth of the slot. Trail is easily visible.

Visited October 2013
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Wickenburg, Arizona
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“A fun slot canyon for everybody”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Our group of friends came down Peekaboo from the back to the front since we had first gone up Spooky, then traversed, following the sandy trail with the cairns. Peekaboo is easy to negotiate, no extra narrow spots like in Spooky but the last bit, towards where it opens into Coyote Gulch, involves gong up or down - depending on which direction you are going - scrambling and climbing over a few pour offs, the last one being the highest and thus most technical. Right now there is a sizable muddy pool at the bottom you have to get across first or last.
The trail from the parking down to Coyote Gulch and thus Peekaboo is not far, but it is down an often somewhat steep sandstone canyon wall. You walk on sand or slickrock, on a switchback trail. It's not difficult or technical, but you should be sure footed and also keep in mind when you begin that you need to get up this again at the end.
The nearest parking lot is not advisable for 'normal' cars, as right now the track, sandy, is very much washed out. The lower parking lot is accessible by any car, but this adds 1.7 miles one way to the hike.

Visited October 2013
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Atlantic Beach, Florida
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“We loved it!”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

What a great hike. We did a loop, first up Peekaboo and after down Spooky. They were the tightest slot canyons we did and we really had fun. Peekaboo is easy to spot, follow the trail from the parking, if you follow cairns (piles of rocks) you will reach a wash of coyote gulch in 15-20 minutes and the entrance to peekaboo will be right in front of you a little bit to the right. Its easy to recognize if you know that you have to climb up about 10ft to to start following the canyon. The rock has cut outs for hand and legs, so its pretty characteristic, you will know when you see it. After we keept following the canyon up till it became shallower and when it looked more like a wash we turned to the right, we followed cairns, it was well marked, and after a while we found Spooky. It had a big, wide wash above the the canyon upper end.
Going down spooky was a lot of fun. It was much narrower and at the beginning, not far from the place where we entered, there was a place blocked by some rocks and we had to kind of climb down in between them, all the rest was just squeezing trough, very exciting!

To find a trialhead, follow the Hole-in the Rock Road, and take left about 26 mile, keep going and keep to the left when this road splits. After about 1.7 mil from 1st turn you will find a parking.

Visited August 2013
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