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Big Horn Canyon, Escalante

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Canyon · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • I found this on a blog while looking for places to hike. we parked on Hole-in-the Rock road by the corrals and hiked up harris walk x 2 miles, then up the canyon a short ways. We did the 1st slot... 
    I found this on a blog while looking for places to hike. we parked on Hole-in-the Rock road by the corrals and hiked up harris walk x 2 miles, then up the canyon a short ways. We did the 1st slot...  more »
  • You can approach this from the top( Sheffield road) or the bottom( Hole in the Rock) road. I did the bottom. It was about 4.5 miles from Highway 12 to the "parking lot." You should see a corral to... 
    You can approach this from the top( Sheffield road) or the bottom( Hole in the Rock) road. I did the bottom. It was about 4.5 miles from Highway 12 to the "parking lot." You should see a corral to...  more »
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  • Great hike, relatively easy compared to many of the trails in the area. Only issue is it’s over 90% hiking through sand. While it’s flat walking through 6 miles of sand can be wearing, especially on your ankles, but the slot canyons are worth it for sure. Fantastic slot canyons and they change shape, color, etc after short distances. The slot canyon splits into an east and west section. The west section has a definite end - gets fairly dark and drops 20-30 degrees. You know you’ve reached it when there’s only inches left in the crack. The other main canyon is worth visiting as well but goes through to the other trail head but has sections where you could can easily climb up the canyon and explore.
  • There are two awesome slot canyons at Bighorn. It can be a little challenging to get there, but they're definitely worth some effort. First, the trailhead is several miles down a rough washboard road. You can park below or behind the water tanks on the east/ north side of the road (on the left as you come from Escalante). The trail proceeds east from there, and is poorly marked, but findable. It's about a mile and a half on approach, crossing the Alvey Wash probably 13 times, depending on your route. If the stream is flowing heavily, you will have some trouble with the crossings. Much of the terrain is sand and cobbles, with little to no shade. The approach trail is manifold (lots of sub-trails), but stay with the wash as the trail crosses the stream until you get to the barb wire fence. The trail goes through the gap in the fence, but you should not. Make a left and enter the canyon about 100 yards to he north. The canyon forks about .25 miles in, and splits into the two canyons. The canyon to the west (left) is shorter, and ends with an obvious squeeze that no one would fit through. Do that one first. The canyon to east (right) goes on for miles, and is made up of narrow slot sections broken by wider openings. The slot segments in this canyon are maybe less impressive (wider, not as deep, although there are some narrow and deep section), but the the rock formations in this canyon are some of the most impressive I've seen in years of hiking slot canyons. It is definitely worth spending some time in here. And the place was mostly empty when we were there. I think we saw 3 other parties in 5 hours of hiking. Words of warning: It was warm in early April. I can't imagine doing that hike in summer. There is essentially no shade. There is water along the approach, but it's strongly alkaline, and not suitable for drinking, even with filtration. The cow patties should be a sign. BRING LOTS OF WATER. It takes longer than you might think to get in and out, and you could seriously spend hours in the east canyon, so keep an eye on the time, and save some energy and water for the hike out.

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