Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
467.00 ft (142.34 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
6.50 mi (10.46 km)
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Start this hike from the Lower Dry Fork Trailhead. This relatively new trailhead now has a pit toilet and plenty of parking with a well graded access road.  The trail begins past the new signage with a trail map.  Please take note of the loop direction.  The loop should be done in a clockwise direction to avoid issues in Spooky slot canyon.

Follow a well-defined rim trail with great expansive views of the Scorpion Wilderness Study section of Escalante.  After about 1 mile the trail begins to descend the area of the original trailhead.  The trail is well marked with cairns. However, it seems like there are too many cairns distinguishing multiple trails. All cairns lead to the same point, a drainage down some slick rock and a steep sandy bench.  Once at the bottom, follow the Dry Fork a short distance until the steep wall entrance to Peek-A-Boo slot canyon.  The climb up looks worse than it is.  There are Moki steps carved into the sandstone. 

After you ascend into the canyon, follow through several potholes.  These can be filled with water depending on season and rainfall.  You then pass under a unique arch within the slot canyon.  Peek-a-boo varies in width and depth.  The tight sections are short lived and there are sections where you can easily climb out of the canyon for a different view of the slot and the surrounding area.

When you exit Peek-a-boo, you arrive at a wide wash.  The route to Spooky slot canyon crosses the desert on the right and up a hill.  It is now well marked with cairns. It is about 0.5 miles to a point where you overlook the dry wash of Spooky Canyon.  Descend the steep sandy slope to the obvious entrance on the right.  The rock formations in Spooky are different from Peek-a-boo.  There is also a pile of chockstones blocking the way that can be negotiated by sliding through and down to an open area.  In the past this was blind foot placement.  Now there is webbing and rope to hold onto to assist.

After this point the canyon gets deeper and more narrow.  There are a few difficult sections of a corkscrew formation.  This is an area that would be a problem if hikers decide to ignore the advised route and try this in a counter-clockwise direction.  The canyon becomes so narrow that you have to remove your daypack and pass through sideways.

Spooky exits into Dry Fork.  Turn left and follow to the entrance of Peek-a-boo.  Exit the loop on the same route that you followed down to Dry Fork.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Unique slot canyons.

Cons

Summer heat.

Trailhead Elevation

4,910.00 ft (1,496.57 m)

Highest point

4,985.00 ft (1,519.43 m)

Features

Vault toilet
Geologically significant

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Adventures

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Glen Powell National Recreation Area
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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