Adjacent to the southeast boundary of Zion National Park, Canaan Mountain Wilderness is comprised of approximately 44,500 acres of public land in Washington County. In this wilderness, an 8-by-10 mile block of Navajo Sandstone, bounded by 2,000-foot-high cliffs, has been sculpted by wind and water over time into a landscape of soaring cliff walls, natural arches, and slot canyons. On the highest plateaus, stands of ponderosa pine are surrounded by cream-colored slickrock. Pinyon pine, Utah juniper, scrub oak, and sagebrush cover the mountain slopes, at lower elevations. Seeps in the canyon walls provide water for hanging gardens of maidenhair fern, monkeyflower, and columbine. Hawks, falcons, and golden eagles nest along the sandstone walls, while ringtailed cats, deer, cougar, and black bear live on the plateaus and in the canyon bottoms. This wilderness provides opportunities for primitive recreational activities, including hiking, equestrian trail riding, canyoneering, and camping. Several routes exist on the southern end of the wilderness providing access to higher elevations by way of steep canyons. The Sawmill trail, however, follows an historic logging route and traverses a large portion of the wilderness. Only one route is on the northern side and provides access to Eagle Crags at about 5,200 feet. All of these routes are primitive, not maintained on a regular basis, and not signed.
Amazing scenery! If you're a mountain biker then you already know that Gooseberry is internationally famous ... but it's underrated as a hiking trail in my opinion! If you're looking for a scenery-filled, mild terrain nature walk smattered with petrified wood, fossils, and blooming cacti showcasing flowers of all colors then do it! It's unique to anything you'll hike in northern Utah. But BE CAREFUL for rattlesnakes!! About a mile down the dirt road from the White trailhead we encountered a Navajo Green Rattlesnake (took the attached picture from inside our SUV thank goodness) which is the most toxic pit viper in North America! And it was mean as hell and was fully poised to attack our GMC Terrain! Incredibly rare experience but possible!
Great trail, relatively flat which is a difficult thing to find out in Utah. The trail has a very nice flow and rhythm to it and the trail has a fair amount of wildlife on it. Biking on this trail is great for any rider difficulty and has a little bit of many terrain surfaces such as rock, dirt and some loose sand. I highly recommend this trail to anybody who wants a good time.