My wife and I walked up this canyon until we reached a huge nasty looking bug sitting on the wall of the slot canyon where we turned back.
Many times starting in the early 1980s when it wasn't well known or popular.
Some of the more recent:
February 18 2018
Shaylee, Justin, and I hiked up Bell Canyon and down Little Wildhorse Canyon. We took the more scenic, but more rugged shortcut through a notch and down a side canyon of Little Wildhorse. It was a nice hike, but the narrows weren't quite as impressive as the slanted slot in West Fork White Roost. We had to stem across several pools. I was able to stay dry other than dipping the bottom of my shoe in one pool, but the others got wet.
After hiking Bell and Little Wildhorse, we headed for the Wildhorse Window, which is a big potty arch. It was really windy and the blowing sand was unpleasant at times.
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
he 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.
June 25, 2017 I did Little Wild Horse Canyon, and took zero photos.