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Sulphur Creek

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Length


5.8 Miles 9.3 Kilometers


515' 157 m

Ascent

-1,063' -324 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

6,059' 1,847 m

High

5,497' 1,676 m

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A beautiful canyon housing the famous Goosenecks - a series of picturesque narrows you can't miss!

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The route begins as a pleasant 1.5-mile hike down easy-going, dry washes to Sulphur Creek, a perennial stream. On the approach to the fabled Goosenecks, a narrow section of slot canyon along the route, hikers are often dissuaded. However, do not fear! While the canyon constricts quickly into several sets of photogenic narrows and small falls, the hiking remains easy to moderate throughout. Conditions can change dramatically in this section with each flood, but some obstacles are always present. A final low waterfall can present a difficult challenge, especially if it empties into a large pool. After traversing the Goosenecks, the canyon widens for the last half mile to the visitor center.

Sulphur Creek is a perennial stream, but its volume depends significantly on irrigation operations near Torrey. The flow is often low enough that boots can be worn for much of the hike unless recent flooding has developed pools in the narrows. The temptation is high in the summer to hike in sandals or water shoes, but the three significant obstacles along the route are more safely negotiated with sturdier footwear.

This content was contributed by author Rick Stinchfield. For a comprehensive hiking guide to Capitol Reef National Park and to see more by Rick, click here.

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Sep 1, 2018
Shammy S
Out to third “waterfall” and back. Walked thru the wash!! 2mi
Aug 10, 2018
Emily Goss
6mi
Jul 13, 2018
Jordan Grimstead
Jun 12, 2017
Ryan Jolivette
Apr 22, 2017
Alison Schmidlin
Apr 8, 2017
Alison Schmidlin
Jul 7, 2016
JML JML
Jun 7, 2016
Josianne Dion
just amazing! done it back and forth from chimney rock parking lot. Doing it upstream was as cool as downstream but with more "splashing"! 11mi — 5h 00m

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