Wire Pass Trail - Buckskin Gulch, Utah

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One of the longest continuous slot canyons in the world, Buckskin Gulch passes through 16 miles of unique formations and sandstone walls. You can do a day hike or hike the entire length. If you are planning on camping in the canyon a permit is needed. Because of time I did the short hike down the Wire Pass Trail. The Wire Pass Trail is a short drainage that joins the much longer Buckskin Gulch slot canyon.

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As you enter the slot canyon the surrounding cliffs become gradually higher and closer together, and the last half mile includes two short but deep stretches of narrows.

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There is an 8 foot obstruction in the canyon that you can climb down or it can be bypassed using an overland route just before entering the canyon.

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The further down you go the deeper and narrower it gets. Some places you have to turn sideways to get through.

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At the end of the Wire Pass Trail the ravine opens out suddenly at the confluence with Buckskin Gulch.

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Following the slot canyon the walls open up to a huge intersection where you'll find a huge arch in the wall and petroglyphs on the south end.

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From this point you are truly in the Buckskin Gulch. I did not have time to explore the Gulch so I had to turn around and head back up the Wire Pass Trail. I hope to return someday and experience the beauty of the Gulch.

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OoooOOOoooOo, everything looks so haunting. Beautiful!
 

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