Supposedly beautiful...if you can get there! There is a 4 mile deep sand road to get to the canyon. Our rental Jeep 4 wheel drive got mired in sand about halfway there. We were ultimately able to get free with the kind help of the folks from our Bnb and an outfitter who happened by. A lot of digging and pushing got us turned around. A hot dusty 3 hour adventure but no canyon. A big 4WD truck got stuck without getting as far as we did. If you don't mind a long hot hike in and out, go for it. Otherwise, make sure you have the right vehicle.
Shelley J. on Red Hollow Trail
Great hike to break up some driving time .
Beautiful but brutal! The canyon is gorgeous but the hike to and from is very hot, exposed, and is mostly deep sand. Its a real trudge up and down 15ft sand dunes that are not shown on the map. There are many ATVs and 4x4s, some of which brought back fellow exhausted hikers. Also note: The last 1/4 mile of the slot canyon has been blocked by boulders.
This quiet area is just down the road from Zion Ponderosa. The trail is an old road that is pretty sandy at times. We had rented a mini van so we didn't make it far on the road but an off-roading type truck or car could go as far as the yellow house. As you follow along the trail you begin to wonder if your getting anywhere and then you enter Zion National Park and then Jolley Gulch is straight ahead. Careful as it is a long way down. I crawled on my stomach to the edge and took pictures looking down as it was dangerous. There was equipment there for belaying down into the slot canyon so someone had gone down that day it appeared. It was a fantastic little hike that made for a great cap to the day of hiking we had just finished.
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.
Nice short slot canyon for beginners. We took an all ages party of 20 and had a great time. We had a tough time with a spot at the beginning. Maybe it has become worse after a flash flood the other day.
Eventually we were able to get all but my mother with knee and hip issues up the problem spot and go the rest of the way to the rope climb section which we turned around at. Someone needs to come in with a big pry bar to knock the Boulder down that is causing the issue.
We went about 10 am and it was not hot till we got out of the canyon and had to make the hot half mile to our cars.
Very worth it. We were all alone on the trail and that made it really fun. If it was busy it might be a chore.
Nice short slot canyon for beginners. We took an all ages party of 20 and had a great time. We had a tough time with a spot at the beginning. Maybe it has become worse after a flash flood the other day. Eventually we were able to get all but my mother with knee and hip issues up the problem spot and go the rest of the way to the rope climb section which we turned around at. Someone needs to come in with a big pry bar to knock the Boulder down that is causing the issue.
Great directions by Lynn except that you turn at the elementary school not the high school. Took a crew from 3 years to 70 through with no real problems. A few scrambling spots where a 20-foot length of rope helps but there are few straps hanging there as well.
Walking in the dry river bed through soft sand was challanging especially with the summer heat and sun blazing on us and the wind blowing the sand into our eyes. We didn't quite make it to the end of the trail where the red hollows were. Looking at the pictures here I kinda wish we would have trucked a bit father.
Hint: stay on the river bed, don't take the trails that lead off to the right, you'll burn up your energy before you get to the good stuff
If you are willing to pay for the shuttle to take you to the East Mesa trailhead, I highly recommend this route to Observation Point over hiking up from the valley floor. The opportunity to see Ponderosa Pines, wildflowers, Echo and Mystery Canyon make this a very enjoyable and scenic route. Add that few people take this route make this an excellent choice.
Canyon was very nice!
I wouldn't call this "trail" Easy thought. More like Moderate +
It's basically a deep sand road used by trucks and ATVs, although we saw none. Once down to the dry creek its much better, but hiking in sand to get there and back uphill is a bit tough.
I'll post maps cause there are several sand roads so a map should help
Scott N K. on East Rim Trail from Big Bend
Great hiking with no one around. Nice serenity
Scott N K. on East Rim Trail from Big Bend
Great hike and very hot. Nobody in the trail but us.
Orderville is not known for labeling its streets so here's a tip on finding the trail head. Coming north on hwy 89 you'll make a right on road 100E...which isn't marked but is the same road as the high school and cemetery. Follow to the T and make a left...the road will curve right. Follow just a few hundred feet and at the next curve is where you can park OR if you have a 4x4 (something that can handle some deep sand) then continue on the sandy, unpaved road toward the water tower and park there. Hike the trail down and turn left...continue straight up the big wash (to the left) toward the red cliffs. Trail will dead end at the slots.
It's actually a very short hike and easily managed by anyone in decent health (obviously slightly longer if you need to park on the road by the new houses). It was spring break when we hiked it so we came across a few groups with kids who managed to scramble up the 3-4 boulders in the slots without issue. Great photo ops and a nice warm-up hike. On a side note, there's a nice German Bakery less than a mile up the road that serves lunch and great pastries...always a great treat after hike.