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Slickhorn Canyons

Our 4 day loop hike in the Grand Gulch area of Southern Utah - west of the nearest towns of Blanding and Bluff. We hiked down East Slickhorn canyon to the San Juan river valley and traversed above the river before returning via the main Slickhorn canyon. This area is pretty remote- we saw others only on the final day as we exited Slickhorn- but with great scenery and loads of interesting ruins. The traverse high above the San Juan river was particularly scenic and the trail here on disused mining tracks made for easy going. Overall a great trip! Map here
12th October Descending into East Slickhorn canyon near the top
12th October Descending into East Slickhorn canyon near the top
East Slickhorn ruins about 1 hour down canyon
East Slickhorn ruins about 1 hour down canyon
East Slickhorn
East Slickhorn
Some nice slickrock hiking down East Slickhorn
Some nice slickrock hiking down East Slickhorn
East Slickhorn. Small pour off
East Slickhorn. Small pour off
East Slickhorn near the bottom above a pour off. So glad to see this tiny spring
East Slickhorn near the bottom above a pour off. So glad to see this tiny spring
East Slickhorn collecting the dripping water to do us overnight and til tomorrow lunchtime
East Slickhorn collecting the dripping water to do us overnight and til tomorrow lunchtime
Boulder camp in East Slickhorn
Boulder camp in East Slickhorn
13th October Looking back up East Slickhorn from near the San Juan river
13th October Looking back up East Slickhorn from near the San Juan river
Petroglyph panel above the San Juan
Petroglyph panel above the San Juan
Petroglyphs
Petroglyphs
Superb hiking on terraces above the San Juan
Superb hiking on terraces above the San Juan
Looking down to the San Juan
Looking down to the San Juan
Approaching the Slickhorn confluence with the San Juan
Approaching the Slickhorn confluence with the San Juan
Hiking along the same terrace into Slickhorn canyon. Looking back to the San Juan.
Hiking along the same terrace into Slickhorn canyon. Looking back to the San Juan.
The Slickhorn canyon floor gradually rose to the level of our terrace and we were able to drop down to water
The Slickhorn canyon floor gradually rose to the level of our terrace and we were able to drop down to water
Bear prints in lower Slickhorn
Bear prints in lower Slickhorn
 Lower Slickhorn
Lower Slickhorn
 Lower Slickhorn
Lower Slickhorn
Camping after some rough travelling around van sized boulders
Camping after some rough travelling around van sized boulders
14th Exploring up Trail canyon
14th Exploring up Trail canyon
Trail canyon ruins
Trail canyon ruins
Trail canyon ruins
Trail canyon ruins
Trail canyon ruins
Trail canyon ruins
Trail canyon ruins
Trail canyon ruins
Trail canyon ruins
Trail canyon ruins
Trail canyon ruins. An exposed ledge led to this small granary
Trail canyon ruins. An exposed ledge led to this small granary
Trail canyon
Trail canyon
Trail canyon
Trail canyon
Trail canyon
Trail canyon
Slickhorn 3rd fork ruins
Slickhorn 3rd fork ruins
Camped in a lovely Slickhorn side canyon upstream from Trail fork with some small slickrock pools
Camped in a lovely Slickhorn side canyon upstream from Trail fork with some small slickrock pools
15th Continuing up Slickhorn canyon in the morning
15th Continuing up Slickhorn canyon in the morning
Ledges above Slickhorn
Ledges above Slickhorn
Ledges above Slickhorn
Ledges above Slickhorn
Slickhorn canyon
Slickhorn canyon
Slickhorn canyon
Slickhorn canyon
Autumnal cottonwoods in upper Slickhorn
Autumnal cottonwoods in upper Slickhorn
Slickhorn 'perfect kiva' site
Slickhorn 'perfect kiva' site
Slickhorn 'perfect kiva'
Slickhorn 'perfect kiva'
Slickhorn 'perfect kiva'
Slickhorn 'perfect kiva'
Slickhorn 'perfect kiva'
Slickhorn 'perfect kiva'
Slickhorn 'perfect kiva' site
Slickhorn 'perfect kiva' site
Slickhorn. The way out of the upper canyon is by an excellent devious route traversing undercut slabs
Slickhorn. The way out of the upper canyon is by an excellent devious route traversing undercut slabs
Looking down Slickhorn canyon
Looking down Slickhorn canyon