Description: A moderately easy canyon hike. The area is noted for its petrified wood. (Collecting is not permitted.) The lower portion of the canyon has beautiful honeycombed walls. For more information, detailed maps, and current conditions contact the nearest GSENM visitor center.
Type of Trip: Day hike or overnight backpack.
Mileage: 5 miles one-way to Horse Canyon. For a loop, hike 5 miles down Wolverine to Horse Canyon then 9 miles up Horse Canyon to the Wolverine Loop Road, and then 4 miles (right, south) via the road to the trail head for the total of approximately 18 miles. Backpackers should avoid looping back through Little Death Hollow as they may have trouble getting their packs past obstacles and through the slot section.
Trailhead Location: From Boulder, take the Burr Trail Road (100) east to the Wolverine Loop Road (110). Continue along the Wolverine Loop approximately 11 miles to the signed trail head parking area.
Water Availability/Hiking in Water: Water is scarce. Plan on carrying all the water you will need. Horse Canyon usually has a nice running stream for approximately 1.0 mile between Little Death Hollow and Wolverine Canyon. (The spring box is located adjacent to the wash near the corral and cabin.) Deep pools may be encountered in the lower end of Little Death Hollow during the spring or after flash floods. Purify all water before drinking.
Obstacles/Technical Features: These are unmarked routes. Hikers must be able to read and use a topographic map or take compass bearings, and pay attention to landmarks so they can find their way back out. There are no obstacles in Wolverine Canyon. If you choose to venture into Little Death Hollow, the slot section has 6-7 obstacles to negotiate, including a chock stone 10-15 feet high which requires stemming and climbing. Other obstacles require crawling on your stomach. A short length of rope is recommended to lower or drag packs. After heavy rains, deep pools of water might present problem.
Safety Concerns: Flash floods are extremely dangerous in narrow canyons, and hikers must be very cautious during flash flood season. Heat exposure and lack of water along the route are safety concerns. Heat-related injuries and dehydration could be potential problems. Hikers must carry adequate water. For those that choose to explore Little Death Hollow, obstacles in the slot section are tricky to negotiate and could pose a falling hazard to the unprepared.
Maps: USGS 7.5 minute quads: Pioneer Mesa, Kings Bench