blowdown
over grown
1 day ago

sand at lower trail head was too hot for dog to walk. many more trees down than last September.

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail, scenic views. Lost the trail about 1/2 mile from the peak, had to turn back. Lots of fallen trees hiding trails so keep an eye out for cairns, ribbon markers & broken saplings to find your way near the top.

hiking
11 days ago

I did this as a loop hike up Squirrel, headed west a couple miles to White Domes and further west another 0.75 miles maybe to some other cool red rock formations, then came back down water canyon. The descent down Water gets a tad interesting when you detour around the drop off. I rated this 5 stars for the rocks formations at the top and the view north to Zion, but the ascent up Squirrel was pretty boring. Also, walking in sand sucks, especially uphill.

bike touring
rocky
scramble
12 days ago

hiking
muddy
snow
20 days ago

Pretty hike. Still some snow on the trail towards the end of the hike. Trail was muddy in some spots. Lots of frogs croaking in the few ponds on the way up. Overall an easy hike.

hiking
20 days ago

Great view at the end and interesting rock formations. A large portion of the trail is sandy, which was hard to walk through, but otherwise a pretty nice hike.

Wow what a trail. The road to the trail head was closed about 0.6 miles away. We walked the dirt road up to it. The previous reviews were all very accurate. Up up up! The 5000ft elevation gain in 4 miles is no joke the views make everything worth it. Breathtaking views the whole way up. Towards the last mile there will be a few patches of snow. Only inches deep and probably won’t be there for much longer. This is challenging hike that is worth the reward.

Went about 4 miles in and had to cross the river 13 times each way. We did this trail early May and river crossings were about knee deep and the water was cold Beautiful trail. Can be hard to follow at times. I’ll be back to do the whole trail for sure!

on Gardner Peak Trail

hiking
24 days ago

We hiked to the cairn, then proceeded up canal trail, then back and down canal trail before going back to the cairn and to the trailhead. A pleasant 3 mile stroll.

Exploring the rock formations at the end of the trail is incredible, truly a hidden gem of southern Utah

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Hiked to the waterfall and stopped there because the next phase was too steep for our taste. Lots of thick sand and lots of scrambling over rocks. Good hiking shoes are a must, though we saw locals going barefoot : / You will walk through shallow water as well in a few places, so be prepared. Trail was easy to follow, greenery and red rock offered a beautiful contrast. Took two six-year-old children who had no problem at all. **Too hot during summer months, but the waterfall offers welcome shade and cool water.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Came here in late April- still tons of snow. Would bring snowshoes if I can within the next month or so. We couldn’t get more than about 2 miles in. Snow about 4 feet deep at some parts. Hard to see the trail under the snow. Looks like it would be lovely during the summer, though.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Weren't able to get to the top -- 1.5-2ft deep snow once you get past halfway (1.7 miles in). We went about half a mile through the snow before turning back (it was only getting deeper). At the fork (0.5 miles in), take a left and then an immediate right. It's very easy to miss one or the other and end up in a detour.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail along the lake. Very peaceful.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

4/4/20 Hiked this trail. A few notes getting there. As you leave the hard road in LEEDs for the gravel be prepared for a 30 min drive. A few places gets a little narrow for only one car but 90% is just wide enough to pass going very slow. Watch blind spots for oncoming vehicles. You will loose service in places but seems to be fine once you reach the trail area. I saw several cars (6or7) and I drove my all wheel drive honda accord but a suv type would be good. If there had been any recent rain I would not try it with a car. The last 1/2 mile getting there does get rutted so go slow. Once there: First part of the hike through brush and trees, not a lot of shade but nothing to difficult but the last 1/3 of the trail is very sanding like you are at the beach just so you are aware, but once you break over that last hill of sand it is suddenly views and incredible flowing rock formations with great views. You can see out past Hurricane, all of Sand Hollow Lake and Zion hills in the distance. The trail is not at all marked at the point. Be sure to go a little further than just the Rock Hills The view is worth the little extra hike. A bit of travel to get there but what amazing scenery. When you walk back be sure to take time to enjoy the stunning views of the mountains in the near distance !!! Go early so you have a little time to explore out at the point. Be sure you know the weather and then the sunset times as you are out there. As you drive back be aware of the edge of the road for possible small wash out spots. Worth the trip. I will go back. I would go in the off season as peak summer the road might be just to busy to enjoy and feel safe. Saw several side-by-sides. Parking at the trail head is limited to about 12 vehicles

hiking
2 months ago

The road to get there isn't bad at all bad until the last little bit. It is rutted and more sandy but doable. The hike to the cliffs took about 1/2 an hour and was mostly flat. The cliffs have some gorgeous colors and patterns. Fun to walk around explore.

The drive to the trailhead isn't really all that bad. A few steep drop offs during a short segment of the drive, but the road is in good condition, so it's not something to worry about. I personally wouldn't drive a 2WD sedan because there are a few deeper grooves and potholes, but minimally so, and it's probably okay if you're cautious. Definitely do NOT attempt this in a passenger vehicle if there has been rain recently. Odds are very high that you'll get stuck, as the last couple miles of the drive are dirt/sand, and much of the road at that point is rutted. The trail itself is fairly easy. Between 30-40 minutes of walking on sand before you get to the Candy Cliffs. The trail essentially ends once you get to the cliffs. At that point, you're on your own to explore. Just be sure to note where you entered the cliffs, and you shouldn't have a problem finding your way back. Despite being a bit steep, there are plenty of locations you can use to get down to the cliffs and walk around, and it's not particularly strenuous. I strongly encourage checking out all of the nooks and crannies in and around the cliffs. So many amazing views!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike. Drive in not so easy after a rain storm. The cliffs are beautiful and Amazing. Definitely do this hike. Easy and sandy. Great for dogs.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this one later in the afternoon in February. It wasn't too cold but there's still a bit of snow on the ground which made it a little annoying. Great views and not a lot of people.

There are some Amazing petroglyph just off the trail shown. I will upload the screenshot of the location. A couple bighorn sheep and some corn dog looking designs about 9-10' up on a black, south facing wall.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this trail. A scenic and mostly flat 1.5 miles to get to the candy cliffs. Had fun exploring around for an hour or so before heading back. We went on a Sunday and there were about 6-8 other vehicles at the trailhead, but we never felt crowded by any means. Even enjoyed the “sketchy” drive to get there. Just don’t drive too fast on the narrow drop-off areas and you’ll be good ;) beautiful views on the drive and passed multiple 4x4 trails id like to go back and explore with my Jeep another day.

What an incredible hike! We have been prepping for this hike for four months! We're not as young as we once were and met three groups of much younger hikers that blew by us on the trail (although they were all very friendly). We took the trail at the pace we could, and we accomplished what we set out to do! The first and major challenge is the face of Pine Mountain ridge! 3,346 feet in elevation gain in about 2.8 miles! That is exhilarating for any hiker! It took almost four hours for that first challenge . . . yes, we were slower than some! After that we bled off a couple hundred feet and approached Signal peak from the northeast. There were a couple of beautiful meadows between the peaks of the Pine Valley Wilderness area and we took them in on the way. I believe our way up Signal was easier than other trails we'd scouted before the climb. There isn't much of a view from the peak because it is surrounded by trees but there is a registry on the ridge and some views there. Took about two hours for us to make it to the top. Challenge two done! We then decided to tackle the last challenge of the hike -- Burger Peak. Almost as high as Signal Peak, Burger Peak has much greater views of the valley north of Enterprise and the various peaks in the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness! Amazing views (the pictures just don't do it justice)! There is also a registry on Burger Peak, so make sure you sign it! Took about an hour an a half to go from Signal Peak to Burger Peak, so it was late in the afternoon when we got there. We picked the Summit Trail back up and headed back to the ridge and got there with about a half-hour of sunlight left. By that time, any climb was significant! The last challenge of the day we hadn't really expected. We only got about a sixth of the way down the ridge before we lost daylight! Fortunately, we had brought along head lamps and poles, so we were able to make our way down the trail in the dark. Because there are a number of steps along the way we had to ensure every step, so it took almost as much time to come down as it did to go up! We arrived safely at Oak Grove Campground about 14 1/2 hours after we started, but were exhilarated to have accomplished what we set out to do! The Saturday Morning Raiders rode again! If you're seeking a challenge (The two highest peaks in southwest Utah the hard way) I'd highly recommend this trail . . . at least once in your life!

hiking
7 months ago

Nondescript sandy trail for about a mile. The fun starts once you get to the “Candy Cliffs” where you can scramble around. Cool formations and great views.

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