Sugar Knoll with Red Cave Option is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Orderville, Utah that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
To get to Red Cave, you must cross through private property. It is important that you seek permission of the owners. The gate used to access the trail is now locked due to other hikers damaging their property and scaring their livestock by driving around. Please be kind and considerate when travelling to this hike. The hike can be extremely hot in the summer months, as you are hiking through a wash for a couple miles before entering the canyon. After entering the canyon, if you are doing the loop, you must scramble up and over the side of the canyon entrance to pass by the chimney obstacle. If continuing to Upper Red Cave, expect a steep slope when scrambling, followed by lots of uphill hiking, before a steep descent into Upper Red Cave.
Worse trail I have ever hiked. No trail markers. Trail starts on a road that crosses running creek with no where to park. Must have a 4x4 ti cross the creek and find a parking spot that will not block anyone. All Trail's designed trail is routed through a very narrow and deep ravine which is blocked by dead tress and live vegetation requiring scrambling off the marked route through steep sandy slopes and vegetation. I ended with many cuts on my legs!
I do NOT recommend this trail to anyone, especially not to beginner hikers.
Excellent, don't tell anyone. Other reviewers maps are good. May need water type shoes for a couple of puddles. Lots of fossils. It on private land. Practice mindfulness.
This trail is difficult to find, but it is definitely worth the adventure. You can ford the stream in a 2wd sedan if the water level is low, then you park by the gate. It was locked when we were there. Hike straight up to the top of the Mesa through the mining area rather than immediately left. Then once climbing on the Mesa, continue to bear left at forks until you reach the overlook where you can see the slot canyon itself.
After that, it is easy.
Absolutely gorgeous trail. If you want to do the full loop you will need at least 50 feet of rope for the occasional rappels. Please remember that to access this slot canyon you will need to travel across private property, so it would be respectful to contact the owners and let them know. Bring lots of water, and know the terrain, it can be easy to get lost out here.
Great slot canyon with all colors of sandstone. Be careful after thunderstorms, canyon can be filled with water. Great photo oppotunities.