Best trails in Canaan Mountain Wilderness, Utah

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Looking for a great trail in Canaan Mountain Wilderness, Utah? AllTrails has 17 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Canaan Mountain Wilderness ranging from 1.4 to 31 miles and from 4,940 to 6,965 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Canaan Mountain Wilderness, Utah
Park information
Acreage:
44,447 acres
Contact
435-688-3210
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Top trails (17)
#1 - White Domes via Water Canyon Trail
Canaan Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
#2 - Eagle Crags Trail
Canaan Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h 41 m
This is an “underdog” of a trail in Zion! It is highly recommended that you explore this route in early spring or fall. If not make sure you bring plenty of water and plan on sitting in shade from time to time to cool off.Show more
#3 - Gooseberry Mesa Trail
Canaan Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 5 h 5 m
#4 - Squirrel Canyon
Canaan Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 53 m
#5 - South Rim Trail
Canaan Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 4 h 48 m
#6 - North Rim Trail
Canaan Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 8 m
#7 - North Rim Trail to Hidden Canyon Trail Loop
Canaan Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 10.7 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
#8 - The Beehive Hildale Quad
Canaan Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 5 h 8 m
The Canaan Mountain area offers some of the best slickrock outside of Zion National Park. The trail is met with a wide wash, marked with several small desert tanks. Looking across this wide wash the trail can be seen rising up on the other side. Dropping into the wash between the ridge and the face, you get your first glimpse of the true slant; just possible it is Class 3.  Walking up to where the slick rock meets the sandy ridge it is a definite Class 3.  Lovely shelf systems, solid cracks, beautiful. From the pine tree to the summit area, the scramble reverts back to Class 2+. Scramble the two largest hoodoos, east and west.  A large stone sits on the eastern hoodoo.  The hoodoo is a nice scramble in and of itself, with a corkscrew ledge system to arrive at the peak.   Use caution in the down climb, but again, solid Class 3 which means no need for any kind of hand line.  Plenty of bushes and small trees would allow the use of a rope if you feel the need, but if you are comfortable on steep slick rock, this face is a beauty. Hiking back up the Canaan Mountain Trail isn't as difficult and at the trail cairn you turn back toward Squirrel Canyon.Show more
#9 - The Beehive
Canaan Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
#10 - Windmill Trail
Canaan Mountain Wilderness
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
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