As promised in my last post about our recent visit to Bryce Canyon…
Peek-a-boo Loop Trail starts at Bryce Point, an an elevation of 8296 feet and drops quickly down into the Canyon. It is considered strenuous by the park officials… 5.5 mile hike with a cumulative elevation gain (lots of ups and downs along the way) of 1,571 feet. It is suggested that 3-4 hours are required to hike it.
If you stop as often as I do for pictures, plan on at least that. I would highly recommend doing the hike early or late as opposed to mid day, especially in the summer. Not only is it the hottest part of the day, it’s also when the light is not at its best for capturing the beauty in images. And as with all hikes, take water and a snack, and wear appropriate footwear. (I’m constantly amazed to see people setting out on hikes like this in flip-flops and empty handed.)
The incredible thing about this hike, other than the great workout, is how the view changes with nearly every step. It’s full of twists and turns, and ups and downs, and hoodoos, arches, and windows (thus the name Peekaboo) and light that changes moment by moment with the passing of the sun. Magic!!
So, come along with me and enjoy Peek-a-boo Loop!
We made our accent out of the canyon in the cool shade near days end, which was good since we were hot and tired from the hike. One thing we liked about the trail, and all the trails here for that matter… there were relatively few people on them. Most tourists stop at several of the overlooks at various times throughout the day, but few venture into the canyon itself. Pity… for them.
So ends our visit to Bryce Canyon. If you haven’t been I highly recommend adding it to your bucket list. It is definitely high on my list of favorite places!
From there we headed to Kanab Utah, which is surrounded by all kinds of cool places! Up next!