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Water Canyon Trail

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Trail

3.8 mile 6.1 kilometer out and back
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,301' 397 m
Descent: -1,301' -397 m
High: 6,528' 1,990 m
Low: 5,227' 1,593 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 55% (29°)

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Trail shared by Tilman Giese

A stunning-but-challenging hike through a very narrow, underrated slot canyon.

Tilman Giese

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Overview

This trail leads up an amazing slot canyon via an extremely steep trail offering you spectacular views on the way to the top.

Description

The trail starts behind the pond and then parallels the creek. For the most part, the trail is well-defined, but there are a number of spurs leading to the creek that sometimes make it difficult to stay on the main trail. While the trail starts out fairly flat, it will quickly ascend more steeply. The closer you get to the mouth of the canyon, the more impressive and intimidating the canyon walls will become. The trail will stick against the left side of the canyon and then enter it.

At this point, the canyon walls are about 40 feet apart but will get closer and closer. Follow the creek to a pour-off that you'll need to get past. Be careful as it can be slippery. Stay on the left afterwards and watch out for a very narrow trail that will switchback up the left side of the canyon.

At this point, the trail is very narrow, sometimes not even a foot wide, with a significant drop-off right next to you. This section of the trail is very steep as you get higher. You'll occasionally have to climb and even pull yourself up using roots or sheer muscle power. If you think the trail does not go any further, just look up very closely and you'll find it again. With increasing altitude, you'll get better and better views of the canyon itself and the upper plateau.

Once you reach the top and the distinct "Top Rock" feature, the trail fades, but there is a series of small platforms that make for a good stop before you head back down.

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Feb 26, 2020
Casey Sackett
hiked water canyon/squirrel canyon loop 10.5mi — 6h 23m
Dec 22, 2018
Erin Smerage
Oct 2, 2018
Catherine Kalwies
Apr 5, 2018
Eugene K
6mi
Apr 7, 2016
Tilman Giese

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  4.9 from 7 votes

#632

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Photos

Mountains at the mouth of Water Canyon
Oct 17, 2017 near Hildale, UT
Overlooking Water Canyon from the top.
Oct 17, 2017 near Hildale, UT
Water Canyon past the pour-off
Oct 17, 2017 near Hildale, UT
Impressive walls leading into Water Canyon.
Oct 17, 2017 near Hildale, UT
Water Canyon from afar
Oct 17, 2017 near Hildale, UT
Looking back down the extremely steep and narrow trail up Water Canyon.
Oct 17, 2017 near Hildale, UT

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