Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch
ElevationAscent: 59' 18 m
Descent: -183' -56 m
High: 4,863' 1,482 m
Low: 4,722' 1,439 m
GradeAvg 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
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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Land Manager: BLM Utah - Kanab Field Office