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ScottLittle Wildhorse/Bell Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2014


October 10 2014

Kimberly, Kessler, Shaylee, and I did a variation of the Little Wildhorse/Bell Canyon Loop. After hiking up Little Wildhorse, which is always a pleasure, we got to a pool of water. This was the perfect excuse to try a proposed cutoff that I have wondered about for years.

Little Wildhorse Canyon has a small west fork which I hadn't been to. I had proposed for a long time that the west fork might make an interesting shortcut. We decided to try it. We explored the west fork and had to pass several drop-offs along the way. We ended up in a maze of interesting canyons. The left most fork ended in a fall, but we tried another fork which went all the way to the rim.

After some exploring around, I found a break in the cliffs and the others followed. It was a steep descent, but we found our way into Bell Canyon which we followed back through the San Rafael Reef and to our vehicle. I don't know if the "shortcut" really saves any time, but it was an interesting route.

Later in the day we headed for Goblin Valley to do some exploring. The kids took off to do some exploring and playing tag on their own, which Kimberly and I climbed the highest non-technical butte for the views.

Later that evening and near dark Kessler and I explored the ridge above the campground leading to Wildhorse Butte.

It was a fantastic day and we packed a lot of fun in.

April 24 2010

I hiked this one with my two kids, ages 5 and 7. The original plan was to climb the west face of Mount Democrat, a Colorado 14er, but a storm and avalanche warnings put an end to that plan. Plan B was to take the kids down to the Rifle area for some hiking in the state park, but heavy rains put an end to plan B too. The weather forecast was good for the San Rafael Swell area of Utah, so Kessler, Shaylee and I headed over there.

After driving through a snowstorm the night before, we got up early in the morning and left Green River for Little Wildhorse Canyon under completely blue skies on a pretty warm morning. We started up the canyon, but weren’t sure if we could make it up a new obstacle that was rumored to be there. The canyon was a lot of fun and had a few fun climbing obstacles, but nothing serious. The rumored obstacle was easily passed and the kids had fun with it.

After getting through Little Wildhorse Canyon we headed west along the old 4wd track to the head of Bell Canyon which we descended back to the trailhead. Bell Canyon is another fun one with some minor obstacles. We completed the eight mile loop in seven hours including all the messing around time in the canyons. It was a great trip.

May 1993

At age 18, I hiked the canyon with my future wife. We were married three months later.

February 1987

I hiked the canyon with my dad and brother, but water stopped us from going that far. There weren't many people visiting the canyon back then.

February 1983?

At age 8, I hiked it with my dad and the Sierra Club back when it used to be a "secret place". The canyon was filled with water so the others wanted to turn back.
Posted Oct 20, 2014 1:37 pm

AjaxHikerFun loop hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2014
This was a great loop, enjoyed it so much I brought my wife & kids back to do this again later in the season.
Posted Sep 8, 2014 11:56 am

dakotaconcreteSweet  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2013


Fantastic desert hike! Completed it with Steph. Went up Little Wild Horse and back down Bell. Only hiccup was overcoming the small cliff line with my dog, Chip. Had to hoist and pull him up and over. Overall, quality slot canyon hike, with relatively easy terrain, it was very enjoyable.
Posted Sep 8, 2013 8:36 pm

alpine345mostly alone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2007


With eve... we went just between groups and had it to ourselves except for the parking lot...
Posted Oct 19, 2012 11:20 pm

ZeeJayMobbed  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 5, 2012


Tons of people but still nice. Also did it 20 some years ago when there were no signs, no parking lot, a rough road, and no one but us.
Posted May 5, 2012 9:40 pm

runbyu1Up Wildhorse, Down Bell  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 27, 2004


Did this with Brian---had a blast!
Posted Mar 18, 2012 8:51 pm

KesslerBell-Little Wildhorse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2010


Posted Nov 6, 2011 12:33 am

ShayleeBell-Little Wildhorse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2010


Posted Nov 6, 2011 12:18 am

EndlessPatVery fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2011


Camped on the edge of the canyon, can't wait to the other canyons in San Rafael.
Posted Oct 29, 2011 10:52 pm

Liba KopeckovaGreat little canyon  Sucess!

Liba Kopeckova

A beautiful slot canyon, easily accessible, and friendly even for kids. Had a wonderful time over there, and can't wait to get back.
Posted Oct 12, 2011 10:43 am

runbyu1Love it!  Sucess!


Did both during a Goblin Valley trip...totally worth doing and a great place to take newbies!
Posted Sep 24, 2011 3:53 pm

idpeakgirlLWH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 1994


Worth the drive!
Posted Jul 24, 2011 4:47 pm

ericwillhiteTook my scout troop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2011


Posted Apr 11, 2011 3:45 am

Vinnyso cool  Sucess!


good times with Robin and Erik- new kind of adventure for us.
Posted Mar 2, 2011 3:07 am

Matt LemkeMt first slots  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2008

Matt Lemke

Wonderful introduction to the many many long trips and slots I will be doing in Utah.
Posted Dec 26, 2010 10:49 pm

blueshadenice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2010


Nice, easy canyons with some minor scrambling. Little Wild Horse is especially nice for a non-tech canyon.
Posted Sep 23, 2010 12:28 pm

Alex WoodNeat Slot  Sucess!

Alex Wood

This was the last thing I did in the summer of 2010. I hiked this slot canyon with NAU Outdoors as a trip leader for our Freshmen Wilderness Welcome program. Beautiful area and we didn't get to spend nearly as much time in the canyon as we would have liked.
Posted Sep 10, 2010 3:18 am

BignickGreat Hike
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2010


I made a quick dash up the first mile or so up Little Wildhorse to the clearing. I fired off dozens of pics and had a short awsome hike. Over 100 degrees out, wife patiently waiting in the car so I hurried back. I'll go back and do the loop sometime.
Posted Aug 2, 2010 6:05 pm

gremlinsnow and ice  Sucess!


did it after a december snowstorm, which made for some fun navigation of frozen potholes and such
Posted Jul 6, 2010 5:21 pm

PropsGood hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2010


I really enjoyed the hike through these canyons.
Posted May 23, 2010 3:09 am

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