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Little Wildhorse Canyon Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.9 (7)

A classic slot canyon located near Capitol Reef and Goblin Valley.


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4.1

Miles

6.7

KM

Point to Point

5,469' 1,667 m

High

4,955' 1,510 m

Low

668' 204 m

Up

154' 47 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

While you'll experience breathtaking beauty in the canyon, this trail makes even seasoned hikers earn their scenic views!

Little Wild Horse Canyon is fairly narrow, and you'll want to be aware that there are some tight squeezes and drop-offs along the way. The trail narrows pretty quickly, though the first 1.5 miles from the trailhead are mostly open.

From the trailhead, and the junction with the Bell's Canyon Trail, you'll enter the narrow passageway that winds through Little Wildhorse Canyon. This is as alien as it is beautiful, and you'll probably want to break out the camera for some photos.

Once you've made the through the narrows, you'll follow the canyon for 3 small drops, with the first one being about 6' high into a small pool of water. You can avoid the water if you're careful and use the log and stone bridge.

The toughest obstacle is the last one, a pour off about 10' high, and you can scramble up next to it on either side (Class 4 on the left and Class 3 on the right, facing down-canyon), or you can notice that a ramp on the right side leads easily to the top from the canyon floor. Other obstacles are no harder than Class 3. This is the trickiest obstacle for a dog and where a harness comes in handy.

Most visitors link this trail with the Bell's Canyon Trail, and finish their journey in this canyon. Both trails highlight the gorgeous desert sandstone, and are about equal in terrain.

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Interesting canyon walls eroded by water.
Dec 7, 2015 near Ferron, UT
Narrow passages.
Dec 7, 2015 near Ferron, UT
The start of the winding passage way!!
Dec 7, 2015 near Ferron, UT
One of the prettiest sections in Wild Horse Canyon. You can clearly see a wave pattern on the rocks
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT
Cool canyon walls.
Dec 7, 2015 near Ferron, UT
A lone tree marks the route to Bell's and Little Wild Horse canyons.
Nov 25, 2020 near Ferron, UT

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Oct 18, 2020
Brianne Bernal
Kels Loic Beck Joe and Mary 7mi
Nov 8, 2018
Tyler Consalvi
Aug 6, 2018
Matthew Funke
Must go back with excess time to explore 4.1mi
May 23, 2018
Marie XXX
Did from south. Accessed via a paved road near Goblin Park. Went about one mile into canyon and back. Stopped at water. 3mi
Apr 18, 2018
Tilman Giese
Aug 1, 2017
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