Leprechaun Canyon is short and easy with some corkscrew narrows, some beautiful colored walled sections, and a final very narrow slot section with just a crack of light shining down from above
Leprechaun Canyon is part of the Irish Canyons with Blarney and Shillelagh Canyons just to the west, and another called Lucky Charm. The other three canyons are more technical requiring ropes and harnesses while Leprechaun is an easy walk-through.
Driving about 28 miles south from Hanksville on UT-95 or 2 miles southeast from the junction with UT-276, look for a short spur on the north side (left) of the road.
Drive 0.1 mile to the parking area at the mouth of Leprechaun Canyon
Mid-morning to late afternoon gets the sunlight coming down the very narrow final slot section
Tossing some sand into the air in the very narrow slot section will likely yield some interesting light columns to add mood to your photographs
Parking ( 38.017558, -110.537144 )
Dirt spur takes you to the parking area, if you see a lot more cars than you would expect don’t worry they are people rappelling into the adjacent popular technical slot canyons.
2.2 miles total out and back
Dogs allowed, no real difficult sections for dogs other than a few squeezes and a couple of short dry falls.
The movie “127 Hours” was filmed here. The movie where Aron Ralston got his arm pinned by a rock hiking in 2003 in Bluejohn slot canyon and had to self-amputate it to escape.
From the car park, follow the sandy wash filled with scrub vegetation.
The low sandstone walls will get progressively taller as you go along. The sandy trail is easy to follow, sometimes in the wash, sometimes rising up out of it for a short distance, but always returning to the wash. Sometimes the wash gets more choked with brush and the trail runs closer to the walls.
At 0.6 miles the canyon comes to a wider spot with a fork, you will want to head to the right
The canyon opens up a bit after a while and you come to another open area.
To the left is the entrance to an interesting narrows where the sandstone corkscrews with interesting groves and twists. About 3/4 of the way through it becomes so narrow that you’ll have to do a little squeezy up climbing to continue.
Even if you don’t want to do the squeezy up climb to go all the way through, I recommend going into the narrows as far as you are comfortable and then coming back out, it is really pretty and interesting and worth it.
The other option is the easy climb to your right up the slick rock and bypasses the corkscrew section.
Lora goes over while Frisco goes under
Soon the walls rise higher and ahead of you is a picturesque scene of a giant boulder in the middle of the canyon floor. You have to wonder how long has this boulder been making its way slowly down this canyon, 5 years… 500 years?
Just after the boulder comes a beautiful section of high-streaked walls, the zebra striping down the walls from the eons of water flow are dramatic and beautiful.
The canyon makes a gentle s-turn and you’re too quickly through this section.
The walls begin to narrow very quickly and the light begins to fade as you reach the beginning of the narrowest and most dramatic section of the canyon. The walls will get so narrow that only a crack of light is visible above you.
Pass under the chockstone. Is this where they filled the movie?
At the end of the narrows section, you have reached the end of the hike. The canyon forks to the left, but is basically too tight and impassable. If you want to climb up 10 feet to your right there is an area with unimpressive disrespectful modern graffiti, but nothing else to see. This is the turnaround point to head back the way you came.
A short and fun hike in a non-technical slot canyon with corkscrew narrows, beautiful high-colored walled sections and a final narrow section with just a crack of light that will shine down from above.