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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.

love this trail and will definitely go again next time!

Wonderful trail, starts of slow, gets a little steep. Extremely Rocky as well. Recommend this trail for Novice hikers.

beautiful trail, lots of scrambling over rockfall.

1 month ago

Wow. This trail was amazing! We were the ONLY ones on the trail for our entire hike!! We hiked for two hours up the trail, then we hiked 2 hours back and took the river back. It was gorgeous. We stood under some waterfalls and it was refreshing on a hot day.

Nice hike. I did the extended hike to Sawmill Springs and stayed the night there. I went in the summer months when the water was just seeping our of the spring. Needless to say I spent a lot of time boiling water.
Very secluded area,I did not see anyone else past the white domes.
It was definitely an island in the sky.

What a great hike! The canyon is just amazing and it has a great ending to it to. It ends in an amphitheater with a pond in the middle of it. It was nice to jump in and cool off. Definitely one of my favorite hikes and I can’t wait to go back and do it again.

it's great for the next level of riders. Easy to moderate however you have the choice to make it harder for sure!

2 months ago

From the trailhead it was an 7 mile out and back. We reached the trailhead via a rocky steep gravel/sand/mud track which was pot holed and rocky. It lead from Rockville over an old Parker Bridge. The trail was sandy and rocky but well marked (don't confuse the trail with a dry wash which runs alongside and crosses the trail at times) being a desert of juniper and pine with flowering cacti. We saw black-chinned hummingbirds feeding on the flowering cacti. Looking north from our destination underneath eagle crag was a stunning view of Zion and its canyons.

3 months ago

Awesome hike. Not a lot of water but I highly recommend this hike.

3 months ago

I’ve done this hike twice now. The first time we hiked up the river, the second we used the path as far as we could go without needing ropes. Beautiful hike, walking down the river is super fun, lots of obstacles but we found a few small waterfalls with pools big enough to swim in

mountain biking
4 months ago

Really fun mtn biking trail. Second favorite after guacamole. Definitely harder than guacamole. Had to get off my bike about 50+ times! But fun ride and super cool rock features to ride on

4 months ago

Really nice trail, beautiful views, easy to follow, some sandy some rocky sections. Fairly shaded which is nice for the dogs. About half way through after a good climb the trail starts to head slightly down and cuts along the side hill. There’s one section where it almost looks like the trail ends but step over the down tree and look for a Carin, continue in the same direction as before. This section is exposed to the sun and less well worn, but still decent to follow. I turned around after about a mile following it because it was getting to be too hot for the dogs. Beautiful views, worth doing. Road to get there was a little bumpy and steep at the beginning but no need for 4 wheel. Nice parking lot and map at the trailhead.

4 months ago

Absolutely stunning! I’ve hiked this canyon many times, and it never disappoints.

4 months ago

Went on a one-nighter trip with close friends! Found a great spot to set up camp and we had fun exploring around all the rocks and looking out at the great view on the cliffs and to our north we could see Zion! Beautiful hike!

The trail is great. Getting there and back in my Ford Fiesta was an adventure that I will not repeat. There are a lot of good trails around here that don’t require a high profile vehicle. If you are determined to get there then have a go but be careful.

6 months 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.

7 months ago

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.

7 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!

10 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.

11 months ago

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!

11 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.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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

Saturday, July 01, 2017

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beautiful hike. Not long or overly strenuous great waterfall ending

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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

Sunday, April 09, 2017

A must do

mountain biking
Monday, March 27, 2017

Loved every minute of this ride

Sunday, March 19, 2017

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

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.

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