Thursday, May 30, 2013

Peekaboo and Spooky slots

Today we revisited our fave slots ever, Peekaboo and Spooky. We came here accidentally last time, based on some internet tip. Then we got a book that had it listed as a top hike. However, we couldn't remember which route in we had taken and got confused and I managed to send us on a really bad, washed out dirt road 5 miles to the top of the canyons. The car took a beating although Paul says he's taken it on worse roads. It was deserted and we decided it was too difficult to get in, so we drove to the lower ends of the canyons which was where we had started in 2008 the last time we visited. We easily hiked down to the Dry Wash. The upper end of it was dry and enticing and slot like. last time we came, it was full of quicksand and we couldnt get in. But we held off and went to Peekaboo which had been full of water last time and the rock too slippery to climb. This time, we managed to climb up to the opening and get in, instead of walking around. Leo was giggling like a kid in a candy store. It was wonderful, twisty and sinuous and gorgeous orange sandstone. We went up through the twisty stuff, through the narrows, and out of the slot. Some was so narrow, you'd turn sideways and not breathe too deep. and hope you didn't suffer claustrophobia! Walked the hot desert sand across to Spooky which is a bigger wash that leads to a tiny slot. There were some near technical downclimbs past chokestones, but once we got past that, it was very narrow, claustrophic and cool.

About 3.5 hours. We would have liked to stay to do Dry Wash or Brimstone but it was late and clouds were coming in. I'd say this is our alltime favorite hike.

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