Hard trail, full of rocks, spree, and steep inclines but it was awesome. or go back and find your way up and around the other side of the canyon. Took my friend from Texas 10 hours. Wire Pass Trail is located in the Kanab area of Southern Utah. It's one of nine passes over 12,000' in the wilderness, and arguably easiest to reach. recommend it if you have trouble going up and down. From here, it’s about 15 miles of slot canyon until it opens up into Paria Canyon and ends at Lee’s Ferry on the Colorado River. Definitely worth our trip!!! Even though it's only 8 miles, it's a difficult hike for beginners and people not used to the altitude. Took around 7 1/2 hours round trip including an hour at the top. turn around and go back at that point. The HUGE rock at the end of the trail was AMAZING! It's one of nine passes over 12,000' in the wilderness, and arguably easiest to reach. Very worthwhile... chance to see a slot canyon, Wire Pass Trailhead and Buckskin Gulch Trailhead in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah us about a 1 hour drive from Page, AZ At first, this is an easy 1.7 mile walk to see a very cool slot canyon and other beautiful rock formations and petroglyphs. Amazing scenery at every turn. Exercise caution along this section of trail. Absolutely gorgeous, but hard and steep. Wire Pass Trailhead and Buckskin Gulch Trailhead in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah us about a 1 hour drive from Page, AZ At first, this is an easy 1.7 mile walk to see a very cool slot canyon and other beautiful rock formations and petroglyphs. Wire Pass Trail follows a desert wash (AKA a dry creek bed) to a gorgeous slot canyon, called Buckskin Gulch. The view is stunning throughout the trail and every direction and corners in your sight is absolutely beautiful. Drink more water and bring layers. Better start from the early morning as the light will give you the best views. I don't think I can't do it sooner for it's the 4th day's hiking for me. Last half mile feel the burn. Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. A testament to how dry it was this summer. The Middle Route offers a short, no-nonsense approach to the lower reaches of Buckskin Gulch. Is this a must-do if you are traveling with a, Is this a place or activity you would suggest for, Would you recommend this place or activity to a friend looking for an, Are the prices for this place or activity, Is this a romantic place or activity that you would suggest for, 1775 E. Silver Creek Ct. U.S. Hwy 89, Kanab, UT, The road to the trailhead was totally doable when we visited in December (cars, trucks, motorhomes). Buckskin spans a divisive ridge between Minnehaha Gulch (east) and the Snowmass Creek drainage (west). If you have an entire day to spend the hike from Wire Pass Trailhead down to … Also saw 2 groups of trail runners, y'all are crazy. From here, the trail becomes difficult for stock and is primitive as it continues to climb, traversing the west side of Buckskin Ridge. Do not stop here. Ascent of the last mile is quite tough and be prepared. Wire Pass Trailhead to Lee’s Ferry Trailhead (3-5 days) This options is the longest and most challenging of our suggested itineraries, but also quite rewarding. Vivid array of colors and formations with a chance to view some rock art along the way. But once you make it to the pass the views are stunning of Snowmass mtn and pyramid peak! is fine for humans but our dogs wouldn't get close, they put on the brakes. Didn’t make it to the pass because we started too late, but climbing up and seeing the views was still worth it! This is not to be confused with the Buckskin Trailhead, which follows a wash for several miles before intersecting with Wire Pass Trail and then the confluence with the Paria River. However, if you want to explore further, you either have to navigate through an 8 foot drop (good luck!) Take House Rock Valley Road 8 miles south off of the 89 to Wire Pass Trailhead. The road is dirt and gravel, and in wet weather it can become impassable. Wire Pass T’s into Buckskin Gulch 1.7 miles from the trailhead. This isn't super difficult, and the hardest part in my eyes are the rocks on the trail from Maroon Lake to Crater Lake. If you've made it that far, you cannot turn around. Buckskin Gulch is a permited area that requires a payment of $6 per person. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Starting at the Wire Pass Trailhead gives you a shorter, more scenic start to Buckskin Gulch. You can. Some areas are a little more rugged. The Wire Pass trailhead is 8.3 miles from the highway junction. White House Trailhead to Wire Pass Trailhead Shuttle. You will need to make a reservation or take the shuttle from Aspen to get to the Trailhead though. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/buckskin-pass--2 Completed this hike on 9/19 and it was incredible. Trekking poles recommended. Amazing views from every corner and a clear picture of the bells from the pass. We saw a rattlesnake and ignored him or her. layers. Wire Pass is a short drainage that joins the much longer Buckskin Gulch slot canyon, and provides a convenient entrance point, enabling hikers to bypass the upper four miles of the gulch which are shallow and less interesting than the 12 miles downstream. The slot canyon had really great colors and interesting. The trailhead is about 46 miles from Kanab, with the last 8 miles down a graded dirt road. Buckskin Gulch is supposedly the longest slot canyon in the world. All in all, it was a good workout and worthwhile particularly with the recent closing of the famous Antelope Canyon in Navajo Nation closed to the public due to Covid. The hike was rugged- lots of rocky terrain throughout, but not muddy and definitely doable, with no snow yet this time of year (sept 19th). From there, down Buckskin and up Paria Canyon to White House makes the 20.8- or 23.6-mile route. It can get to 36F in the early morning and was chilly at night. Buckskin spans a divisive ridge between Minnehaha Gulch (east) and the Snowmass Creek drainage (west). Trail clear. House Rock Valley Road to Buckskin Gulch Trailhead and Wire Pass Trailhead is rather rough. The final switchbacks seem daunting but 100% worth it. For those with only a few hours to spend in the area the hike from Wire Pass Trailhead down to the confluence with Buckskin Gulch and back is a great introduction to a short fun slot canyon complete with Native American rock art. I anticipated a easier day as I knew the mileage was short but the final mile or two is like climbing steps up to the top. more, Recommended experiences in and around Kanab. The way to Crater Lake is mostly through aspens, so amazing at peak foliage (hiked Sat 10/3). Panoramic views of maroon peak and surrounding mountains on the whole way up. Once you hike into the forest, don't follow the Alltrail route as they may have been damaged by the falling logs. They are difficult to find but luckily one of my fellow hikers was able to point them out. Trailhead to Crater Lake / West Maroon Junction. Great hike! We easily hiked the 1.7 miles with our two dogs until we reached the ladder. Trailhead: (Wire Pass) 8.5 miles down House Rock Valley Road Rating (1-5): ★★★★★ Buckskin Gulch is the longest and deepest slot canyon in the Southwest, and while others are narrower, prettier or more challenging to explore, the length and variety of the terrain in the gulch make it the best overall. Trail can be challenging, worth making it to the top. Overall it was definitely a high moderate, maybe a low hard depending on your ability. Most the aspens have turned golden at this time. To get to Wire Pass, continue on past the Buckskin Trailhead for another 4 miles or so. This trip should take 3-5 days one way. Buckskin Gulch Trailhead is 4.5 miles down the road; Wire Pass Trailhead, 8.4 miles. The trail also passes the first main lake, where all the photos are taken (it's next to the parking lot, all trails go past it), as well as Crater Lake. There's not a ton of Aspen trees up here honestly. Wire Pass Trailhead (37.020083, -112.022352) The recommended route begins at the Wire Pass Trailhead, goes down Buckskin Gulch, and then goes up the Paria Canyon slot to the White House Trailhead and your waiting shuttle vehicle. Once you turn onto House Valley Rock Road, take it south for about 8.5 miles. Buckskin Gulch has two main entrance points – the Buckskin Gulch Trailhead and Wire Pass Trailhead. We found the very different petroglyphs too! Conditions on this dirt road vary widely but a 2WD vehicle with moderate clearance can usually reach either trailhead. After rounding the west side of a high knob, begin climbing to a high point of 7300 feet before heading down to Buckskin Lake, 3.1 miles from Silver Pass. Latitude/Longitude: 37.0190944, -67.9748111 There was a ton of snow from the storm earlier this week. Don’t forget to look for Snowmass Lake in the distance from the top! After that the views open up, only 1 short area under tree cover. Distance from Trailhead: 3.4 miles (round trip) Ending/Highest Elevation: 10,076-ft. Elevation Gain: 496-ft. Few trails can surpass the stunning views from the start of the Buckskin Pass hike at the foot of Maroon Lake. For any hike from Wire Pass Trailhead through the Buckskin Gulch to White House Trailhead, you would leave your car at White House Trailhead and we would pick you up there at a pre-arranged time and drop you at Wire Pass Trailhead. Kanab Field Office 669 S Highway 89A Kanab, UT 84741. Once you find your way to the other side of that initial slot canyon, the walk is very pleasant and you will continue through a beautiful slot canyon...when it opens up, you will see some petroglyphs on the right. There are only two safe areas in the event of bad weather. After the third the hike opens into a … There were even icicles hanging off one of the canyon walls. Both roads to each trailhead are prone to washouts after hard rains. From Florida and our group aged from 25-63 years old. Skip the hassle of driving yourself or waiting on other tourists on a bus tour and instead book a small-group tour to either Lower Antelope Canyon or Antelope Canyon X (depending on option selected) and Horseshoe Bend. Then you come to a point where you have to go right or left…we went left and walked into Buckskin Gulch (more narrow shaded canyons which was easy enough, except the sandy floor is a loose, which make it a little more difficult to walk). If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. You can enter the Paria Canyon / Buckskin Gulch permit area using one of four trailheads: Wire Pass, White House, Buckskin Gulch, and Lees Ferry trailheads. You have to climb about 100 feet and then a steep decent on the other side. The trailhead starts at a parking lot about seven miles down a dirt road off Route 87 (that also services the Wave which requires a permit) and follows a pretty obvious sandy trail. Altitude definitely had an effect on the way up. Continue for another 4 miles to the Wire Pass Trailhead. Hotels with Complimentary Breakfast in Kanab, Hotels near Wire Pass Trail (Buckskin Gulch Access), Hotels near Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Hotels near Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Hotels near Little Hollywood Movie Museum, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks in Kanab, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: Tickets & Tours‎, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park: Tickets & Tours‎, Wire Pass Trail (Buckskin Gulch Access): Tickets & Tours‎, Kanab Heritage House Museum: Tickets & Tours‎, Little Hollywood Movie Museum: Tickets & Tours‎. Absolutely incredible hike the whole way through!!! I wouldn't. We saw a bull moose chilling in the first lake. There's a huge parking lot (60-80 cars could probably fit there). Amazing views along the way, challenging workout to the top, and spectacular vistas from the pass. Saw some lizards & the rock formations are more of a white color where we were. This is where you can also pick up and pay for a day hike permit. There are other places close by that have way more groves than here. Started from Maroon Lake at around 10am and got to Crater “Lake” (it was dried up, knew this from other reviews though) around 11am. Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch. I only have one word to describe the slot at Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Still some color, but lots of leaves were already down. My husband and I have a KIA Soul and had no problem driving on House Rock Valley Road to Wire Pass trailhead. Very well marked, spent 30m on the pass and was down by 4pm (last shuttle was 5). The ladder. Things to do near Wire Pass Trail (Buckskin Gulch Access). Take an envelope from the self-pay station. (Mile 1.5 from Wire Pass Trailhead) Price = $100. Fill out both sides. It is faintly marked with rock cairns on the right side of the trail. Buckskin Pass is a 13.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aspen, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The Buckskin Gulch is 3 to 15 feet wide for the next 12 miles and roughly 400 feet high. Great views at the pass of course, with clear blue skies. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. The Wire Pass Trailhead is usually chosen as the starting point rather than the actual Buckskin Gulch trailhead. Strenuous but attainable. You pass the Buckskin Trailhead on the way to the Wire Pass Trailhead. Good conditions. Our dogs preferred this way (the ladder is quicker and will save time). Wire Pass Trailhead offers the most direct access for a day hike. Between Maroon Lake and Crater Lake was a different story in the afternoon, a lot of hikers headed up to Crater. Definitely a tough incline the entire way, but well worth it. Fantastic trail. Virtual Tour of Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch. This very nice guide told us about another entrance to the slots right before the slots narrow at Wire Pass. Buckskin Gulch . Definitely a workout getting up to the top. Buckskin Pass - 9.2 Miles Round-Trip Buckskin Pass (12,462') is located 4.6 miles from Maroon Lake in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. For backpackers hiking through Paria Canyon to Lees Ferry, or out to White House Trailhead, this route shaves about one hiking day off the trip, yet still leaves 5.5 miles of Buckskin … The trailhead can also be reached from Highway 89A, … A shuttle will save half the distance. It’s based off of the honor system but c’mon, $6 is hardly anything. It was a tad chilly in December. Awesome trail!! That’s what we did and I will tell you it was a little bit treacherous for an out of shape 57-year-old woman who has lousy balance and footing. Trail Map | Photo Gallery. All-in 6 hours with breaks. It shaves off 2.8-miles of what is inevitably a very long day. TRAILHEAD: Horse Rock Valley Road, Utah • DIFFICULTY: EASY (with some challenging water & scrambles further into Buckskin Gulch) • DISTANCE: Wire pass 1.7 miles each way. The large boulder blocking the trail is slightly awkward to get around to access the ladder. You will see a sign for the Buckskin Gulch trailhead after about 4.5 miles. Mile 3.0: The start of the “Dive of the Buckskin”. Incredible view from the top of buckskin pass. We hiked in 5 miles before turning around without needing to wade through any water deeper than 8 inches. An early departure, and traveling with 14 people or less, lets you maximize your time at each site and increases your chances of getting photos that are uninterrupted by crowds of other tourists. Bundle up! We were the only ones on this trail for a good 45 mins before we saw someone else. Start: Wire Pass Trailhead. There’s a large parking area and you surely can’t miss it. We were a group of college aged girls of moderate fitness from the Midwest (not acclimated). I'll be back again some day to do Willow pass which is right off this trail. This is a great trail to gain a fairly high elevation pass, without having to hike a lot of miles. Other than that, it was mostly backpackers doing the entire traverse. A longer option is to hike down Paria Canyon and finish at Lees Ferry, but this is a multi-day endeavor. Trail Map | Photo Gallery. The hike is work but not that challenging, with three slot sections. Ignore the off trail notice. Thick layer or jacket is not necessary. I missed the last shuttle therefore but it's absolutely worth it. The next morning we headed over to the start of our route, Wire Pass. Buckskin Gulch 11.8 miles each way – from wire pass to its Southernmost point • APPROX. Do this before your knees crap out and you can really explore. Great day hike. Buckskin Gulch. 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