Peek-a-Boo Loop

It has been a crazy few weeks here at the park. I have been on a plethora of hikes and have been all over southern Utah for work and for Sweat for Clean Water. Thus this hike is actually a few weeks old, but all this means for my readers is that I have a lot to talk about.

Peek-a-boo loopLet’s flash back three weeks and place ourselves on a happy Saturday morning. My wife and I were looking for something to do, and Peek-a-Book Loop filled that category. So after loading up on food and water we set out for an adventure.

The hike is located at Bryce point and shares the same trail head as Bryce Point and the Hat Shop. It totals about 5.2 miles of walking and can be combined with the Navajo hike. But before I get too far on into this hike, let me point out the coolest van I have ever seen.

When we stepped out of our vehicle and looked around, this was our pleasant surprise. Whoever this family is, they have covered the roof of their van in assorted collectable memorabilia. It was awesome!

Now back to the hike.

The hike begins with a steep decent down into the canyon, but it is filled with amazing views and hoodoos. This extends for over a mile before you actually get to the hike itself. Once at the bottom of the canyon you enter the next phase, the Peek-a-Boo Loop.Peek-a-boo Loop

It is a three mile round trip, and you can choose which direction to go… Left or right. We went right.

Going right has an advantage, there is a bathroom located on the trail. If you go right it is at the end of the hike, available when you need it. If you go left, you will arrive at it after only a minute of walking, but if you need to use it at the end, you have to back track to it.

juniper tree spiral From this point on the trail is pretty easy to follow. Along the way you will see some amazing scenery and you will also encounter some signs that if you take a picture of yourself by all three (we only saw 2) you will get prize.

A couple things to take note are the crazy trees that live here. They grow in such a fashion where they double back over themselves, creating a weird spiral pattern.

This hike is quite strenuous, with lots of steep climbs and descents. It also has that mile long uphill at the end, so if you are not prepared this hike can get really challenging quite quickly.

Over all this is my favorite hike in the park so far. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did when you go.

 

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