Adjacent to the southeast boundary of Zion National Park, Canaan Mountain Wilderness is comprised of approximately 44,500 acres of public land in Washington County. In this wilderness, an 8-by-10 mile block of Navajo Sandstone, bounded by 2,000-foot-high cliffs, has been sculpted by wind and water over time into a landscape of soaring cliff walls, natural arches, and slot canyons. On the highest plateaus, stands of ponderosa pine are surrounded by cream-colored slickrock. Pinyon pine, Utah juniper, scrub oak, and sagebrush cover the mountain slopes, at lower elevations. Seeps in the canyon walls provide water for hanging gardens of maidenhair fern, monkeyflower, and columbine. Hawks, falcons, and golden eagles nest along the sandstone walls, while ringtailed cats, deer, cougar, and black bear live on the plateaus and in the canyon bottoms. This wilderness provides opportunities for primitive recreational activities, including hiking, equestrian trail riding, canyoneering, and camping. Several routes exist on the southern end of the wilderness providing access to higher elevations by way of steep canyons. The Sawmill trail, however, follows an historic logging route and traverses a large portion of the wilderness. Only one route is on the northern side and provides access to Eagle Crags at about 5,200 feet. All of these routes are primitive, not maintained on a regular basis, and not signed.
B H. on Coalpits Wash
In early March wife and I hiked to campsite #6 and stayed the night. Nighttime temps were in the mid 20's, but our trip landed on the coldest night of the week. The section of the trail between the road and campsite 6 is very easy, with only 3-4 sections of steep downhill/uphill. Other than that it's flat and makes for a quick hike. We saw a few other groups during our stay, but it was not crowded. The trail runs alongside the wash/creek, sometimes butting right up against it, and at other times the trail veers 50 yards or so away from the creek. I'm sure some people hike the creek itself, but this would require significantly more effort - the trail is well defined. We thought the views were fantastic, but certainly not the best in Zion. This is a great winter hike.
Desert section until campground 2, then rock scrabbling for about a mile and the last couple miles is full of nice views. Stayed the night at campground 5, did not see any other people in the area, seemed like we were farther than 4.25 miles from our car. I would not hike in summer as it seemed there would be many places to encounter a rattlesnake. The banks of the stream had many animal tracks, including what we believe to have been a mountain lion. Check the mud along the banks before stepping some parts are quicksand like and go very deep. Over all a nice hike that we will do again during the cooler months, especially end of winter with the spring is running.
Amazing scenery! If you're a mountain biker then you already know that Gooseberry is internationally famous ... but it's underrated as a hiking trail in my opinion! If you're looking for a scenery-filled, mild terrain nature walk smattered with petrified wood, fossils, and blooming cacti showcasing flowers of all colors then do it! It's unique to anything you'll hike in northern Utah. But BE CAREFUL for rattlesnakes!! About a mile down the dirt road from the White trailhead we encountered a Navajo Green Rattlesnake (took the attached picture from inside our SUV thank goodness) which is the most toxic pit viper in North America! And it was mean as hell and was fully poised to attack our GMC Terrain! Incredibly rare experience but possible!
A rock scrambling hike up a small creek with little water flow at times. But when it rains this ting creek can rage into a roaring river. As you boulder jump back and forth heading up Coal pits the small little canyon gets a little greener and some hanging gardens start to pop out under the shelves of the banks, A small little slick rock water fall is a great place to camp and enjoy the sounds of the creek. A lot of the junipers were burned during a wildfire years ago. The trail from here has two options. Continue up stream to the oil well or go left on the Chinile trail and continue over to the Petrified forest. From there you can either back track or go down Scoggins wash or Huber. You can continue down the Chinle and end up on Anasazi Plateau near Rockville, Bring plenty of water in the summer. It can get rather muddy in the winter and during the monsoons.
Great trail, relatively flat which is a difficult thing to find out in Utah. The trail has a very nice flow and rhythm to it and the trail has a fair amount of wildlife on it. Biking on this trail is great for any rider difficulty and has a little bit of many terrain surfaces such as rock, dirt and some loose sand. I highly recommend this trail to anybody who wants a good time.