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Peekaboo Loop

 45 votes

Length

5.2 Miles 8.4 Kilometers

73%

Runnable

Elevation

1,494' 455 m

Ascent

-1,492' -455 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

8,309' 2,533 m

High

7,423' 2,263 m

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This all-time Bryce Canyon favorite boasts magnificent hoodoo spires and numerous rock windows.

Megan W

Overview

This steep, roller coaster of a trail has delightful up-close views of hoodoos and natural arch "windows." The Peekaboo Loop can be accessed from both Sunrise and Sunset Points, but arguably the most straightforward and scenic route descends the Peekaboo Loop Connector from Bryce Point as described here.
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Need to Know

Don't be fooled by the short total mileage, this is a strenuous outing - bring adequate water, food, sun protection and sturdy shoes.

Description

Starting from the parking area at Bryce Point, switchback steeply down the Peekaboo Loop Connector from the rim, crossing many cliff bands. Contour below rock walls, crossing ridges and bluffs, all the while steadily losing elevation. The abundance and variety of colorful hoodoo towers are the highlight of this trail. After a relatively level section of trail, plunge into the neighboring canyon by navigating a series of hairpin turns down the hill. The Peekaboo Loop Connector ends at a "T" intersection with the southern tip of the Peekaboo Loop Trail.

The loop can be done in either direction, but aficionados prefer the clockwise way. So, from the "T" intersection, take the left (western) half of the Peekaboo Loop Trail and pass the seasonal bathrooms. Climb up and down ridges and through steep switchbacks. This is a great treat for intrepid travelers who want close encounters with the colorful surreal spires. Keep an eye out for the named rock formations: Wall of Windows, Hindu Temples, and the Cathedral. After a long downhill section, the western half of the loop ends at the trail's lowest elevation point - which is also the intersection of the Peekaboo - Navajo Connector, Peekaboo Connector and the Peekaboo Loop Trail.

To complete the Peekaboo Loop Trail, continue southwards along the eastern half of the loop now climbing steeply. Surmount a broad ridge and wind through its saddle next to the Fairly Castle rock formation. Another long descent deposits you back on the canyon bottom at a wide wash. Ascend the valley and the last few switchbacks to arrive at the start of the loop (at its southern tip). At the intersection, rejoin the Peekaboo Loop Connector and retrace your steps for the last 1/2 mile grunt back up to the rim.

In case you're wondering, the "Peekaboo" trail name comes from the natural arch "windows" formed in the rocks. Note: the loop trail receives heavy use by horse/mule riders - be sure to give them right of way and beware of the poop.

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Apr 29, 2018
Carter Millane
steepish, 0% technical, very pretty views 5.3mi — 1h 00m
Oct 16, 2017
Kat Morrow
4.8mi
Dec 3, 2016
Kat Morrow

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