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Toadstools Trail

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 4.1 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A short, easy trail to leading to beautiful Red Toadstool and other toadstools and hoodoos near rugged grey cliffs.


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1.3

Miles

2.1

KM

Out and Back

4,535' 1,382 m

High

4,455' 1,358 m

Low

81' 25 m

Up

81' 25 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Off-leash

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Family Friendly Easy hike with unusual things to see and climb on.

Overview

This family-friendly trail leads up a wide, shallow canyon with rim walls striped in white, reddish brown, and gold. Toadstools are geologic features that have a hard cap rock that sits on top of a more easily-weathered sandstone tower, and resemble large mushrooms. Hoodoos are wider, oddly-shaped towers without the cap rock.

Description

The trailhead is roughly 1.5 miles west of the Paria Ranger Station on Hwy 89. There is a small parking area marked with a sign and a trail register. The sign warns about negotiating soft sand, but there was very little of this.

The trail is marked and easy to follow. After the first few hundred yards across desert terrain, the canyon narrows somewhat and the trail stays very near the (usually dry) creek bed. Overall, there is little elevation gain, but there are many ups and downs of 2-5 feet each. After about 0.6 miles, at a small creek branch where the main creek bed goes to the left, continue straight ahead up a short hill to the beautiful Red Toadstool, the most famous in the area.

Take time to explore the surrounding area where you'll find many other nearby toadstools. Return the way you came.

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Lee Watts

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  4.1 from 11 votes

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Toadstool Hoodoos!
Jan 27, 2018 near Kanab, UT
Toadstool Hoodoo!
Jan 27, 2018 near Kanab, UT
The toadstool hoodoos are great but the trailside chocolate striated sandstone cliffs and mounds are pretty amazing too!
Jan 27, 2018 near Kanab, UT
Toadstool Park
Oct 24, 2020 near Kanab, UT
The Red Toadstool. The unusual sky and light was caused by smoke from a major forest fire about 60 miles away.
Jul 6, 2017 near Kanab, UT
Toadstools and rugged cliffs stand a few hundred yards northeast of Red Toadstool.
Jul 6, 2017 near Kanab, UT

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May 21, 2021
Kirsten Spangenberg
May 9, 2021
Cole B
1.7mi — 0h 49m
Apr 1, 2021
John McCool
Super fun, great for small kids. Don't miss it if you are driving by. 1.5mi — 2h 00m
Dec 6, 2020
Brian Hales
May 3, 2020
Kacper Pawlaczyk
10h 00m
Feb 15, 2020
Matthew Thomson
Aug 26, 2019
Marc Daniel
Avec Polo et Lulu — 10h 13m
Jul 12, 2019
Andi Liu