Water Canyon is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hildale, UT that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November.
Almost 5 star. Drive the speed limits posted; you do NOT want to be pulled over in this neck of the woods.
This trail requires scrambling over rocks and has recently been the scene of flash flooding. The surrounding gulch seems to evidence real time geological changing (you can see where there have been several slides). It's amazing that the trail is still there and not disappeared. Very nice end-point with lush garden, including ferns, moss, and hanging garden from cliffs. The walls as you approach the narrows do look reminiscent of the The Subway in Zion. We were unable to climb up because of the flow of water. There was also a cool fissure in the ground which was completely full of water--about 3' wide and at least 8' deep (couldn't see bottom). Stay left & high on the trail--the numerous spurs off it going to the right just go to the creek. There is at least one place that looked impassable but by walking around a bit you can see where the foot prints are and where to scramble around it.
What a great hike! Beautiful views, high cliffs, and waterfalls. Definitely worth seeing!
This hike can be extended by hiking up to Water Canyon then continuing up a trail to the left side of the canyon and hiking around to the east to Squirrel Canyon and back to the starting point.
The trail is actually located just outside Hildale, Utah .... Not Hurricane.
The road to the trailhead is not maintained and may be impassible in bad weather. A high clearance is a must!
It is a popular trail for the local community and also used for rappelling training. Very busy in the summer. Parking can be an issue when it's busy. Don't park where you can be blocked in or u may have a wait when you are ready to leave!
No garbage service at the trailhead so you pack it in.....you pack it out. Do not allow your pet companions to defecate in or near the stream bed. It's a water source for the local community. ( I have seen it happen.)
It is a beautiful area and a nice hike. It is also the starting point for the Tears Drop and Natural Bridge hikes which are much more strenuous but have stunning views of the surrounding canyons. Enjoy!