backpacking
1 month ago

went all the way to the first crossing of rattlesnake Creek and spent some time in the valley then headed all the way back up, it was amazjng but I guess I broke my ankle haha I'll be okay though, amazing hike not a hike for beginners it's really hard on the nees down for sure! will do it again for sure !! Sunday, Aug, 26 2018

We did this 12 mile hike over two days back in June and it was absolutely spectacular. The hike from the top down will certainly test your knees particularly if you are backpacking, but at the bottom where it connects to the river there are some beautiful little camping areas for an overnight stay. The hike out along the river is a little treacherous but awesome nonetheless. At the convergence of Rattlesnake Creek and Ashdown Creek you can hike up Rattlesnake Creek gorge to see the two really beautiful waterfalls. It is better to leave your packs hidden somewhere at the convergence and then just hike up Rattlesnake Creek. Be sure to bring a water filter and plenty of sunscreen.

hiking
3 months ago

I did this starting from the trailhead off of Hwy 143, just before you enter Cedar Breaks National Monument, which is the popular method for people who have left a car on Hwy 14 at the end of the trail. I did not have a car at the bottom, so I went about 3.3 miles downhill and turned around after walking through a long grassy meadow, just before starting a steep descent. Going back up was harder than I though it was going to be, maybe because of the altitude. There are many, many trees down across the trail, but nothing you can't get around fairly easily.

The next day I tried to find the start of the trail off of Hwy 14, so I could climb up to the point where I turned around the day before. But as the person below says, that was a gate for a jeep road posted as the SUU Mountain Center. Later, looking carefully at the maps, this does appear to be the lower access point to the trail, and I guess you can park somewhere along the road.

Did this in the early fall with amazing fall colors. Had someone with us who could show us Flannigan's arch. Amazing! Enjoyed the almost slot like canyons, the water, the aspens, and the views of Cedar Canyon and of Cedar Breaks.

I was really excited to hike this trail but I couldn't find where it starts. I drove to the spot where Google maps took me and it was an suu gate. was I at the right spot? can someone help me out? thanks!

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

One of my favorite. I've backpacked it as well as jammed it out in one day. Relatively easy as it's mostly downhill, and then the second half of river crossing is refreshing. Stunning scenery and different climates every few minutes. Highly recommend. Just make sure you know your markers. And yes, you need to shuttle it unless you're a crazy person and want to hike back up it.

snowshoeing
Friday, April 28, 2017

I would do it only in the summer when the trail is clear. Fun times but we got lost on several occasions just due to all the snow.

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Skirts the Cedar Breaks area, goes through some beautiful Aspen groves, drops down into the river gorge. Also passes by flanigan arch, though a lot of people miss looking up and back at it. Long but so worth it, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing. Take two vehicles as this technically comes out on Cedar Canyon Hwy and is 12.6 miles one way... park one car at the end and one at the start.

snowshoeing
Sunday, February 05, 2017

Beautiful breathtaking views less than a mile from the trail head. Unfortunately there was a good 50"+ of snow and couldn't find the trail anymore. It's gorgeous in the summer as well!

backpacking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

This is a fun hike that few people do and even less stay the night. The trail begins above cedar breaks and ends in highway 14. The total hike from peak to exit is about 12 miles. You descend rattlesnake creek trail for six miles until it connects with the ash down gorge trail. Once you reach ash down it is another 5-6 miles until you exit out at the landslide area in highway 14.

Two things to note: 1. Taking two cars is a must. Park one at the top and one at the bottom so you don't have to hike out.

2. The ash down gorge trail goes through the river nearly the entire time. You will get wet up to your knees. It cannot be avoided.

If backpacking Take 2 liters of water and a water filter. The two liters will last you to the base where you can filter from the river.

This 3,200 foot decent throught the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness area is a great location when the summer sun pushes daytime temperatures in the desert national parks above 100 degrees. I enjoyed the Rattlesnake portion of the hike. The Ashdown Gorge not so much, hiking below towering walls of weak limestone with ample evidence of fresh debris at you feet is a little unnerving.

hiking
Monday, August 20, 2012

An outstanding hike! Make sure you have someone to shuttle you to the top and leave a car at the end of the trail. The trail starts out along the edges of Cedar Break NP. It winds down through thick forests and meadows. Plenty to see. As you descend in elevation you come across Rattlesnake creek and follow it for sometime and then cross over to make the final descent to Ash Down Gorge. The trail here is quite narrow and very steep. Watch your footing! Soon you will see Ash Down Gorge and will enter the river bed. As you follow the river down make sure to look all around because the views are amazing. When you reach Tom's head at the confluence of Rattlesnake Creek and Ash Down make sure you take the time and go up to the waterfalls. There are two spectacular falls at the end of each. One is Rattlesnake creek Falls and the other is Lake Creek Falls. There are also some great little slot canyons here. When you retrace your steps back to Ash Down you will see a different view of Tom's head. A good place to stop and filter some water. You will continue down the river and make sure to keep an eye to the right above or you will miss Flanigan's Arch. About another mile or two down stream the canyon opens up. We encountered a minor problem at the trail end. Since the large landslide in 2011 the trail no longer exists. A large dam was created and we had to scrambled up the slide through fallen trees, holes, and a lot of debris. Be prepared for the final ascent out. A well worth hike and makes for a long day. Make sure your shoes are sturdy enough to handle all the terrains. We only seen two other people on this hike which made it very pleasant.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Walking through alpine meadows in the early morning. Deer on the trail. Sunrise over deep red, yellow and orange amphitheater. Hillsides full of wildflowers. Lush pines, and a cool mountain stream to soak your feet in at the end. What's not to love?

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