Distance: 5.5 miles (loop)
Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall
Last hiked: 2015 October
While the Peek-a-Boo Loop can be accessed from the Navajo Loop, the more standard route is from Bryce Point. I sat here before sunrise, waiting for enough light to begin hiking as car after car pulled up, their drivers hopping out and frantically scrambling to plant their tripods at the ideal spot before anyone else. Once there was enough light, I was happy to leave the frantic and stressful act of capturing sunrise behind where I was able to enjoy it for what it was, having both the trail and sunrise to myself. In the above photo, Bryce Point is at the top-left.
The trail descends from the same access that heads up to Bryce Point. It immediately begins to drop, leveling out for a short distance below the parking area, and then proceeding to descend steadily toward the hoodoos again. Soon enough, the reason for the trail’s name becomes evident.
You come to a large set of hoodoos with a tunnel cut through them. As you pass through it, a mesmerizing view opens up in front of you. It won’t be the last time though.
Switchbacks bring you even lower down until most hoodoos are now towering above you, revealing a number of natural bridges at the top of the rim. At 1.25 miles in, you reach a fork in the trail that will start you on the loop. Given the nature of the trail, this one is much better experienced going clockwise (left).
After passing by eroded slopes of the Claron Formation, a series of elevation gains and losses begin as you climb up to one "peek-a-boo" overlook, descend from it, and climb up to another. One will be a steep series of switchbacks seeming to dead-end at the top of a canyon before popping out into another amazing overlook.
At halfway, you reach the lowest elevation along the trail, where a fork will take you over to the Navajo Loop (if you want to make a longer hike out of it). Otherwise, the trail will begin winding back up through the hoodoos. A short stretch through a ponderosa pine forest will bring you back up to the original fork where you can begin climbing out of the hoodoos and back up to Bryce Point to complete the trail.
From the Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Center, head south on the main road for 1.7 miles and make a left (Bryce Point will be signed). Follow the road nearly 2 miles where it will dead end at the Bryce Point parking lot. The trailhead is signed at the far end of the parking lot.