- Feb 26, 2018
I've been interested in doing the full Death Hollow hike out of Escalante Utah, starting at the Hell's Backbone trailhead and exiting at the Escalante river. I've been doing my homework on the route and I've been seeing a lot of mixed reports on what to expect as far as difficulty and technical challenges. I've seen reports that say it's a fairly "easy" hike and others stating that "I've never been in a place where there are more ways to fall down and get hurt". I watched YouTube videos of kids in tennis shoes completing the hike that don't show any questionable obstacles and have also read reports that say there are 18' drops. Can someone please give me the honest lowdown? I'm wondering about upper Death Hollow in particular where the amount of reliable info seems to be lacking. I want to make sure that I'm not getting in over my head. I have completed hikes of the top-down Zion Narrows route, Orderville Canyon, Coyote Gulch, Buckskin Gulch and others but don't have any rappelling experience. Any and all info is appreciated. Thanks.