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Toadstools Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.1 (14)

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


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Map Key

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

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 14 votes

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  4.1 from 14 votes
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Photos

View from the trail
Feb 1, 2022 near Kanab, UT
View from the trail.
Feb 1, 2022 near Kanab, UT
Toadstool Hoodoos!
Jan 27, 2018 near Kanab, UT
Toadstool Hoodoo!
Jan 27, 2018 near Kanab, UT
View from the trail
Feb 1, 2022 near Kanab, UT
View from the trail
Feb 1, 2022 near Kanab, UT

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Sep 15, 2022
Lou Hibbard
With Janelle. Fun variation in trail 1.3mi
May 13, 2022
Meaghan O.
1.4mi
Mar 31, 2022
matt lazio
Feb 1, 2022
Stewart Carnes
Nov 11, 2021
John Encarnacion
Sep 23, 2021
Lion King
May 21, 2021
Kirsten Spangenberg
May 9, 2021
Cole B
1.7mi — 0h 49m