Fall is my favorite time to visit the desert. The contrast of the red rocks and the leaves changing is amazing! For fall break this year, we knew we had to get to the desert and backpack. Blake planned a fun weekend trip to Little Death Hollow. I usually like to help plan the trip with him but grad school is difficult and all consuming so I wasn’t able to really help. But this trip was perfect and a great escape from school. Little Death Hollow was pretty cool; we actually weren’t as impressed as we thought we would be (we aren’t desert snobs! It just wasn’t as slotty as we had imagined.).
We planned a fun backpacking weekend with some friends and ultimately decided on Coyote Gulch. It isn’t too hard, so beautiful and pretty accessible. This trip was definitely one of my favorite backpacking trips! The scenery was unreal, the company was GREAT and combining those two makes for a dang good weekend. One of my favorite memories of the trip was playing a baseball game in the canyon with our friends!
Blake did this backpacking trip a couple years ago with friends and has wanted to take me back ever since. We also have a big backpacking trip coming up in May so we wanted to do a little training and thought this would be a great warm up for our next big trip. We woke up early Friday morning and headed to do Spooky and Peek-a-Boo gulch again, we’ve done these canyons before and wanted to revisit them. You can read more about those great slot canyons here. We did that hike first to kill a little time; we didn’t want to get too early of a start because the route that we chose was not super long.
This past weekend was Blake’s birthday as well as Spring Break. We knew that we had to take advantage of this and get out of town for a few days. We decided that Escalante would be the best location, because there were a few hikes and a backpacking trip that we have been wanting to do. Also, the weather is quite a bit warmer there! Thursday morning we were on the road by 10:30; we drove on our favorite highway in Utah, highway 12, which has amazing views starting on Boulder Mountain. We made a quick pit stop here to view the incredible overlook.
As it is warming up, I am itching to go outside (luckily we have a few trips planned soon). Spooky and Pee-A-Boo gulch is one of my favorite hikes that Blake and I have done together. This hike is located near Escalante, Utah on the Hole-in-the-Rock road. The Hole-in-the-Rock road is about 26 miles outside of Escalante on Highway 12. A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended because the road has washboards and can get a little rugged in a few areas, but a car can reach the trail head of this great hike. The trail head is located off the Dry Fork turnoff; there are signs that point you in the right direction. A small parking lot is found at the end of the Dry Fork road, this is where the fun begins!