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Visited: January 4, 2014 & February 27, 2016
Description: A short trail through a narrow canyon
Length: .8 miles roundtrip
Elevation: -100 feet
Duration: 1 hour
Terrain: Rocky and dirt trail
Wildlife: Spiders… It’s not crawling with spiders but you will see maybe 2 or 3
Parking: Roadside (33.182105, -116.213974)
Best time to go: Anytime
Bring: Camera, water (not necessary), a non-full belly
Being such a short hike, you could spend a long time in The Slot. Along the narrow siltstone canyon are nooks that allow you to explore farther and above, if you wish. Being HikeSnobs, we will take any opportunity to climb or crawl to add more fun to the adventure.
Taking Buttes Pass from I-78, we drove about 1.8 miles to our destination. Looking for the entrance to the slot canyon isn’t too difficult. There are no trail markers but there are footsteps! You can also keep an eye out for a canyon on the right side of the road. The 1.8 mile drive should be pretty flat before you hit The Slot. You can park on the side of the road right before you hit a 90 degree left.
Look for an opening into the canyon and enjoy!
The beginning is pretty open but you will soon experience the beautiful claustrophobic narrows.
Into the hole, Linda goes.
If you’re not as petite as the HikeSnobs are, you should be able to get through the canyon, as well. Ricardo made it work!
There will be some nooks within the canyon where you can climb and get a different perspective. You will really need to squeeze through for some of them.
Eventually, you will pass the most famous section of The Slot:
Once you reach the end where the canyon opens up again, you’ve completed the journey unfortunately. You can either continue on the trail and loop back along the road or follow the canyon back. The Slot definitely is worth the trip a second time!
- Take your time going through the canyon. Before you know it, it’ll be over and you may be sad (we sure were).
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