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I've been to almost every national park in the lower 48 and this is definitely the most variety and most fun of them all. We're two females who brought climing rope and harnesses (well worth the extra weight carry, plus its mandatory to get out of upper Subway). The first portion climbing/skidding/sliding down an intensely HUGE rock mesa is breathtaking. We said over and over that we'd happily just do that hike anytime! Then you get into the deep canyons and just when you're tired of walking, you rappel, then you swim (ALL your gear will be in water and there are many places you can't touch), then you emerge in one of countless amazing tunnel and slot canyons, then you do it all over again. Swimming through the narrowest slot canyon after rappelling down the entrance was my favorite. There's a wide, soft sand beach in the sun where you can dry out a bit before exploring the open-ceiling tunnel housing the famous log that everyone takes pics of. This is truly a bucket list experience and I'm thrilled to have done it. NOTE: the last 2 hours are GRUELING...bring some electrolyte chews for this and just keep going.

off road driving
8 days ago

This trail has some really incredible views. We drove our 2011 Hyundai Tuscon across starting from Skyline drive. It was really rough and required every ounce of technical navigating skills I had to make it, but it was really fun. I would highly recommend taking this trip, but in a trail ready vehicle or ATV.

hiking
15 days ago

You get some wonderful views of Pine Valley as you hike up to the saddle which is as far as we went. I had kids six and almost 9 with me and they were able to do the hike pretty easily. We started early around seven and it was beautiful but it would get warm later in the afternoon though there is pretty decent coverage on the trail from the canopy

1 month ago

It is a hard trail in the beginning and the best view is at the end of the first elevation gain stretch. the up 190m down 190m at then end then looping back is where you get to see browns point but I wouldnt say that last stretch is worth it.

Great trail, look forward to doing it again next month.

Get out early. Love this trail . Great for mountain biking, hiking, jogging.

Very challenging hike with a bunch of variety! So many different terrains and geologic features throughout the hike. The last few miles feel like they take forever and the final push up out of the canyon tests your limits. So rewarding to finish!

Coolest hike I’ve ever done. Took about 7 hours all the way through. This is a one way trail so you need to leave your car at the bottom and have a ride to the top to be dropped off. $15 permit required. The views are incredible, staying on the trail in the beginning is tricky. You have to look for the rock stack markers. But once you’re in the water you’re there. Very different than any hike I’ve ever done. Very remote and they only allow 80 ppl a day to go in. We didn’t see many people on the way.

Super hard but so worth every step! Go prepared and bring lots of water and food.
Take note of the trail when you start hiking along the water, you'll need to find it when you make your way back and its likely going to look way different in the late afternoon!

on Whipple Trail

2 months ago

What she said ⬇️

Ok so first of all...when you get to the Pine Valley sign once you start the trailhead...GO LEFT! For the Whipple Trail. The views along the way- the best part of the trail. Once you get to the saddle though, very anticlimactic and I was slightly disappointed. Switch backs are slightly intense with a decent and steady elevation gain. Definitely got my attention :) also...bug spray or cover yourself in TeaTree oil cuz holy bugs that bite.

However, if you want to trek thru stunning greenery, see lots of nature and waterfalls...do yourself a favor and GO RIGHT! This hike is stunning green, cooler temps and views to make you forget your in Southern Sunny Utah. But go at the beginning of the Spring/early Summer so there is water for you to see. No really good marked trails but great to explore.

Either way. You’re gonna see some stunning views. Enjoy this hike! If you start early the temps are low but they get nice and toasty once you get going and into the afternoon.

Difficult but spectacular!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike with a lots of breathtaking views

Spectacular!! I had done this hike over ten years ago, and wanted to bring three of my favorite ladies to experience it. This time I used a downloaded map on this app, which was of fantastic help, as the hike is very subtly marked with cairns, and it is easy to miss a trail entry. The rappels were just as I remember them, if maybe in slightly different places, and the swims were just as fun (and challenging in some cases). It is definitely a challenging hike, and the ladies were pretty trashed by the time we had to start the hike up and out; I had to buy the first round of drinks that night... Definitely prepare physically for this trip, and it wouldn’t hurt to get your brain ready for this one as well, as it is not a gimme. But you just cannot beat the adventure and beauty of this hike.

Good hike with beautiful scenery. Really best if you add an out and back along Paradise Rim and Scout Cave Trail...some of the best scenery looking into Snow Canyon from that route.

We didn't hike to Signal Peak. We were told the last leg didn’t have a trail and we didn’t want to fight the underbrush. So we took the Brown’s Point Trail and then cut off at the end to Oak Grove CG.

The trail hadn’t been cleared after the winter season so it had some debris on it. It is a pretty rough trail - steep and lots of rocks. It is pretty much straight up for miles. Then it peaks and you drop over 500 feet. Then the ascent recommences. We were about to turn back - exhausted. But we discovered we were only about a half-mile from the top. So glad we endured to the end!

The view is beautiful. If you want a very tough hike (by the way the scenery is beautiful all along the hike!) and to be rewarded at the end with a beautiful view, this is one to consider. I’m assuming the fact that we hit about 10,000 feet in elevation plays a role in its difficulty.


p.s. I am 71 and the guy I hiked with is 78. That may or may not put it in perspective. I’m
doing Rim-to-Rim next week and am glad I’m doing that and not this one again. :-)

p.s.s. A hiker who went about the same week we did wrote “This is the steepest and hardest trail that I have hiked in SW Utah. I only went 2.5 miles in as I was battered, bruised and bloodied.”

Must do at some time in your life.

One of the most amazing hikes/adventures I’ve done. The top down is the way to go! We YouTubed how to rappel (had done it in the past but it had been a while) and it went totally fine/was such a blast! (Don’t recommend to others but we did it with no problems!) We rented wetsuits which were maybe not necessary (especially having to carry them out completely wet) but there were definitely a lot of areas where we were completely submerged in water. There are small cairns at the top on the slick rock so just follow those and you should be fine/not get lost! The subway is cool, but honestly the whole hike is beautiful and such an experience that the subway was a little underwhelming. Also the hike out at the end is NO JOKE. Everyone says it and it’s true! Some say it’s not marked but it is very clearly marked. Definitely the most strenuous part of the hike, especially after a long day.

hiking
3 months ago

This is the steepest and hardest trail that I have hiked is SW Utah. I only went 2.5 miles in as I was battered, bruised and bloodied.

Fun easy family hike. Great reward at end of reaching the cave. Awesome views.

I'm not sure how to make this a loop hike. We started at the Paradise Rim trailhead and hiked to Scout Cave and ended up coming out I believe at Johnson Canyon in Snow Canyon. Luckily, we had a family member to come pick us up to take us back to our car. Would love to do again and figure out how to make it a loop hike. The trail was beautiful from Paradise Rim to Scout Cave, lots of fun lookouts. Hiking out from Scout Cave you're hiking in a wash, nothing much to see from there. Would do again, but would like to figure out the loop.

What a blast! My wife and i did this hike together, and we were smiling and laughing the entire time! It's a beautiful experience, I would recommend everybody do this one at least once! Be prepared to repel, there's really no way around it, so don't show up hoping you can get away without it. The water's cold, we brought wet suits, but plenty of other people didn't and they survived. We did it towards the end of the season, and the water was low, some of the other pictures I've seen looked like there was a lot more water earlier in the year. make this trip a must on your bucket list, it was a fantastic experience. One thing to watch for is the trail diverts north at the first gorge where you think you're supposed to follow it down. The national forest people say to knock down the cairns, so there are none where you're supposed to go, but follow the gorge to the east side because you can't get down on the south west side of the gorge when you first run into it. there were five of us hiking together, and it looked like the right place to drop down into the ravine, but after realizing there was no way to do it safely, we ended up going back up and around. keep your eyes open and watch your footing, but most importantly take pictures and enjoy the experience!

We had great time on this trail. It was not too hard or too long just a nice hike. We took about two hours to do Scout Cave and Johnsons Arch.

Simple an amazing hike

Honestly the best all day hike I have done so far. Couldn't get enough and I didn't want the day to end!

mountain biking
8 months ago

One of my favorite biking trials in the area, fun ride with great views.

Easy trails that were fun to hike. Started with Chuckwalla TRAIL as a connector. Then hiked Halfway Wash Trail all of the way. Then connected to Paradise Rim Trail, which had great views. From there took Turtle Wall Trail back to Chuckwalla to finish up. Nothing terrifically difficult but a good hike.

nice trail even with a lot of hikers on it.

This is an awesome experience! If you have someone who’s done this hike before and are willing to go again, TAKE THEM! Bring wet suits and repelling gear. This was a difficult hike but well worth it. Absolutely beautiful and hardly any people considering you must get a permit.

You should be there before dyeing.

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