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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.

hiking
18 days ago

Great trail. We hiked it to climb the towers on top of the ridge. Amazing views and fairly moderate. Made it to the trailhead with my low-clearance passenger car.

We didn't actually get to the trailhead. The road got worse and worse, and we ended up turning back. A high clearance vehicle would probably work. Giving in 3 stars for the awesome view of Zion on the way up to the trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked this trail in mid December and it was perfect weather outside. Although this trail is measured at 5.9mi, my gps mapped it at 8.64. Its not marked well towards the end. I think that the windmill trail is supposed to be an out and back. It seemed like if you follow this routing it takes you through the bowls and ledges trail as well. However, it was quite nice. If you park at the first parking lot instead of the windmill trailhead, this loop will take you right to it. There are some absolutely beautiful views of the rim. Also, i'm not really sure why this is rated as moderate, unless its just for the distance. I would rate this on the higher end of easy because there isn't much elevation gain and the tail is very well kept. Its perfect for taking a dog out. All in al, not bad and definitely beautiful views. ENJOY!

backpacking
4 months ago

Backpacked out to campsite 6...1.7 miles with just about 0 elevation change. Once you get there, the trail follows the riverbed from what I could gather. I went another 1.5 miles down just to check it out. You'll encounter some decent obstacles along the way after campsite 6...lots of big rocks the size of your mothers minivan. TBH, I only ended up down this trail because I wanted to backpack in Zion and every other backcountry site was taken when I got there. Zion is a tourist trap x9000, so know what you're in for before you arrive.

4 months ago

Challenging hike for our 5 kids (ages 4 to 11) due to constant up and down the trail goes along the base of the canyon. The kids also had some problems getting through the somewhat over grown vegetation. Don't miss the arch on the east canyon wall! Personally it was a great 1/2 day hike for us adults and the scenery was amazing. Low traffic made the hike very enjoyable.

The map on here does not actually reflect the trail, but rather the dirt road leading to it. About 2/3 of the way down the dirt road, the road was completely washed out. Before then, there were some sketchy parts as well, but passable as long as you're careful. We opted to park our small car at the head of this dirt road instead. It's about a 1.8 mile walk to Water Canyon Trailhead. Water Canyon Trail is marked at 1.5 miles each way (at least until you reach the canyon part itself...it does go beyond this with canyonerring opportunities). Getting to the end is worth every step. It has cool temperatures once you reach the canyon, and it's beautiful; very unique. Would definitely do this if I'm ever in Utah again!

hiking
6 months ago

This was an absolute awesome canyon and lightly traveled. We did canyoneering through here and it was a ton of fun. Interested twists and turns, stunning views, and interesting drops. Would definitely recommend this spot and can't wait to go back.

avoid the crowds at Zion. Hike next to Zion in the wilderness!

Great off the beaten path trail and you can bring your pup!

9 months ago

Beautiful hike. Not long or overly strenuous great waterfall ending

hiking
10 months ago

This is a great hike to go on, if you do go try and stay in the center of the trail. I almost got bit by a rattlesnake that was right next to the trail, but other than that it was magnificent.

10 months ago

If you have a couple hours; go get it this trail done. Take lots of photos. It's beautiful.

A must do

mountain biking
10 months ago

Loved every minute of this ride

on Coalpits Wash

camping
11 months ago

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.

Nice hike. Good exercise... lots of up and down.

Monday, January 16, 2017

amazing landscape. well marked trails.

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Almost 5 star. Drive the speed limits posted; you do NOT want to be pulled over in this neck of the woods.

This trail requires scrambling over rocks and has recently been the scene of flash flooding. The surrounding gulch seems to evidence real time geological changing (you can see where there have been several slides). It's amazing that the trail is still there and not disappeared. Very nice end-point with lush garden, including ferns, moss, and hanging garden from cliffs. The walls as you approach the narrows do look reminiscent of the The Subway in Zion. We were unable to climb up because of the flow of water. There was also a cool fissure in the ground which was completely full of water--about 3' wide and at least 8' deep (couldn't see bottom). Stay left & high on the trail--the numerous spurs off it going to the right just go to the creek. There is at least one place that looked impassable but by walking around a bit you can see where the foot prints are and where to scramble around it.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

EPIC

rock climbing
Monday, August 29, 2016

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