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Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch



1.8 mile 2.8 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 59' 18 m
Descent: -183' -56 m
High: 4,863' 1,482 m
Low: 4,722' 1,439 m


Avg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)


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A breathtaking experience through a beautiful slot canyon that gets quite narrows at points and leads to Buckskin Gulch!

Abe Ferraro

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As a side note: DO NOT accidentally hike the Wave Trail without a permit. There is a VERY expensive fine from what I have heard.


The trailhead starts at a parking lot about seven miles down a dirt road off Route 87 (that also services the Wave which requires a permit) and follows a pretty obvious sandy trail. The trail is pretty uneventful for about a mile, and then you'll start to see a canyon appear.

When you get to the canyon you'll know, as there is a dramatic entrance. Inside the slot canyon the experience is awe inspiring as the 100-200 foot walls narrow to about a foot in one short (3-5 foot) section of the canyon. The footing is fairly good and mostly sandy which makes for easy hiking, but there are some rocks. At about the 1.3-mile point there is a section that you'll need to down climb about 7-8 feet on a bunch of driftwood; be very careful here as the wood can shift underfoot.

Conditions of the trail can change due to flash floods leaving debris and affecting the down climb section. The slot canyon is often done as an out-and-back in and of itself but is also a nicer way to access Buckskin Gulch.

Always check with the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) in Kanab or online before embarking this hike...and ask what the flash flood rating for the Wire Pass is.

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Jun 15, 2019
Emily Freed
Neat slot canyon with some petroglyphs. Got repetitive and no scrambling. 2mi
May 22, 2019
Larissa F
May 15, 2019
Dave Leddy
Apr 26, 2019
Liz Greenwalt
Apr 5, 2019
Bear Rinehart
Apr 3, 2019
Bear Rinehart
Dec 27, 2018
Yuxi Zhang
Nov 21, 2018
John Eppley
This is a short hike to and then through a spectacular little slot canyon that gives you quick access to the heart of a larger slot canyon (Buckski…

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