Trip Start Jul 31, 2008
3Trip End Aug 02, 2008
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White Bridge Campground
In the park, I spent some time at the overlook, taking pictures and listening to the park ranger. I was planning to take my wonderful new zoom lens, but I could tell after 10 minutes at the overlook that it was going to be heavy, so back to the car it went.
I descended down a long series of switchbacks into the canyon, walked through "Wall Street," and then did the Peekaboo Loop. Peekaboo Loop is a horse trail through the canyon and along the "Wall of Windows." I was going to try to describe it, but then I came across a lovely description on someone else's page that exactly describes our route, so I copied it and modified it slightly.
Original source: http://climb-utah.com/Bryce/queens.htm
From the Sunset Point Trailhead follow the trail east over the rim into Bryce Canyon. Take the signed "Navajo Loop" trail to the right as it descends fairly steeply into a fantasyland of pinnacles and spires. If you are immediately presented with two dozen switchbacks descending down into "Wall Street" you are on the correct route. Wall Street is a short slot canyon named after New York's skyscrapers that tower over Wall Street in Manhattan.
The Navajo Trail through Wall Street is only 0.7 miles long and ends at a four-way junction. The trail to the left is the remainder of the Navajo Loop and leads back to the canyon rim. The trail straight ahead leads to Queens Garden, we will do this trail later. The trail to the right is where we want to go. The trail leads to the Peekaboo Loop. After 0.3 miles you will encounter a junction where you will need to make a right turn. Walk 30 yards to the beginning of the Peekaboo Loop. The Peekaboo Loop can be hiked in either direction, many consider the Wall of Windows to be more sensational when hiked in a clockwise direction so that is how I will describe the trail. The Peekaboo Loop is also open to guided horse tours. Inquire at the Bryce Canyon Lodge if you would prefer to ride a horse.
Take the left trail to begin the 3.0 mile Peekaboo Loop in a clockwise rotation. As you begin the loop you will see the Fairy Castle above you on the left and Bryce Point straight ahead to the south. 1.3 miles around Peekaboo Loop you will meet a trail coming down from Bryce Point, take the trail to the right to stay on Peekaboo loop. From here it is 1.7 miles back to the start of the loop. 300 yards past the Bryce Point junction you will pass a small corral and vault toilet. Shortly after the restroom the trail begins to swing back in the direction you came from and the Wall of Windows is visible on your left. From the Wall of Windows the trail winds among the hoodoos and will shortly pass by the Cathedral on the left and return to the trail junction at the beginning of the loop.
From the beginning of the Peekaboo Loop you must backtrack 0.3 miles to the four-way junction at the bottom of the Navajo Trail. From the bottom of the four-way junction follow the signed Queens Garden trail north for 1.6 miles to a junction. The trail to the right leads up to Sunrise Point. The trail to the left leads 75 yards to "End of Trail" and the center of Queens Garden. You will have a great view of the hoodoo known as Queen Victoria. From Queens Garden follow the short trail back to the junction and take the signed trail 0.9 miles as it climbs to Sunrise Point. From Sunrise Point you must hike 0.5 miles south along the Rim Trail to reach the Sunset Point Trailhead.
I was about to die by the end of the hike. I wasn't used to the altitude and also had issues with my back. But the views were stunning, so it was completely worth it!