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Sulphur Creek

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 4.6 (17)

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


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5.8

Miles

9.3

KM

Point to Point

6,059' 1,847 m

High

5,497' 1,676 m

Low

515' 157 m

Up

1,063' 324 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

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Need to Know

Detailed information about this route can be found on the National Park Service website
nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/… and up to date water flow conditions from the Park Rangers at the Visitors Center.

Description

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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Shared By:

Hunter R with improvements by Richard Rubicam

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  4.6 from 17 votes

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I find the boulder wedged in here adds to the interest.
Jan 14, 2020 near Loa, UT
What a fun place to be.
Jan 14, 2020 near Loa, UT
One of the falls.
Jan 14, 2020 near Loa, UT
This narrow section is located between the first and second falls. Unless the water levels are unusually low, you'll have to swim for about 100 ft to get through. We went through in mid March and the water was about 5.5 feet deep.
Mar 28, 2021 near Loa, UT
The first falls is beautiful. If you catch it on a warm day with the right water level, the pool is deep enough for jumping off the ledges.
Mar 28, 2021 near Loa, UT
Another view of the third waterfall.
Jan 14, 2020 near Loa, UT

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May 13, 2022
Jordan Hansen
Super cool hike! Experience probably depends a lot on how much water is flowing through. Dad was about to get through without getting too wet but i… 5.8mi — 4h 45m
Feb 28, 2022
Ashleigh Shunk
Aug 1, 2021
Mike Maxwell
Oct 16, 2020
Ethan Gingerich
Jun 22, 2020
Joan Sheets
Jun 21, 2020
Tyson Harty
Great creek hike up from behind visitor center to first swimming pool
Sep 24, 2019
Scott S
3.6mi
Aug 22, 2019
Mackiel Benson