Explore the most popular forest trails in Dixie National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike with a lots of breathtaking views

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful. Only 1 mile to Blind Lake if you drive all the way to the TH. Read my full trail guide with a map here: http://www.girlonahike.com/2018/06/hiking-to-blind-lake-boulder-mountain.html

hiking
26 days ago

After turning off the paved highway, you weave your way up the mountain on a dirt road. Once you start passing campsites and other visitors, you start to really climb. The views are awesome, just go slow to watch for other vehicles coming from the other direction around blind corners. We had a low profile vehicle so we stopped and parked along the way and walked the rest of the way up to the trailhead.

The trailhead is marked by a map with a very faint "You are here" and an arrow. That is where the fun begins. To the right, the road continues to another lake, to the left of the trailhead marker is a small path into a fairly dense treeline. Through the trees, the trail is easy to follow, just keep climbing and you will come to a clearing where you can see out over the trees below. Keep hiking up, and follow the path, you will pass several smaller ponds, most of which are dry before reaching the real lake. Watch out for the high altitude for the out of towners, it will really start to affect how fast you can travel uphill. Just take many short breaks and remember to breath with every step. The path winds up and around the canyon until the lake pops out of the trees. When you see the crystal clear water of the Blind Lake, you will feel immediately refreshed.

Set in front of a giant canyon wall lined with trees, Blind Lake is cool and clean. The perfect place to rest and take in all of Southern Utah's natural beauty. The lake is very large and there were even snow banks remaining in May. Nobody was around on the day of our visit and it was so peaceful and quiet. you can see the bottom of the lake and each individual rock along the beach. The wonderful views and beautiful lake were such a wonderful experience, I cannot wait to go back and visit again.

backpacking
1 month ago

The road is closed 3 miles from the trailhead. Me and two buddies decided to hike in anyways, and it was tough. The road was washed out in several places pretty bad, hence the closure. We're in our early twenties and were dying just getting to the trailhead due to carrying stuff to camp for several days, which then got significantly worse once we reached the actual trail. The whole area has burned also. This made the trail extremely difficult to follow in places.By the lake there are a few spots that didn't burn, but 90% of the area has. We saw elk tracks and caught 3 brook trout in the lake, but that was about it as far as animals. We also woke up to a few inchea of snow, so we waited for it to melt and then hiked out a day earlier than planned. The whole place has a pretty creepy feeling due to the lack of insects or birds. I would give it a few years to grow back before doing it again. Just a heads up.

hiking
1 month ago

BLM land, drove this while looking for free camping sites on BLM land. Basically upland sparce pine forest. It offered solitude and free camping away from the crowds.

Unfortunately they had snow and we drove right past this trail, we turned around to where the starting point should be and saw the empty wood sign. Im assuming they put up the trailhead names once you can hike, but we had to drive back down since there was no cell service to find something else to do.

Driving through this area I just had to pull over at the visitors center and check it out. I didn't plan on this detor, but I kept saying, I want to see what is just around this corner, or just around that rock for it was all so very beautiful. I ended up hiking around here for over a half hour, and I have it on my list to go back and do more of it for it was surprisingly great area. Here is my blog post if you want to see some pictures. http://shaunasadventures.blogspot.com/2018/01/?m=1

A little hard to find, but very easy and a cool piece of history.

hiking
6 months ago

steep

Variety of changing landscapes with lots of opportunities for photos. It's deemed one of the best scenic drives in America for a reason - don't miss it!

7 months ago

The Whipple Trail ends in the saddle according to this? We made this trip with our one year old on my wife’s back and it was really easy. Due to lack of daylight left we only made it to the saddle but it was a nice little trek. Definitely plan to do again and go down to the valley.

backpacking
8 months ago

I assume this might be ok if you don’t mind paying for more information. This basic level is much less then anyone would need in the field. It is a real problem for anyone to us this information when it is so incomplete.
Be careful
Tom

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike for the whole family. Uphill to a beautiful lake, and wonderful fall colors. The road to the trailhead is a little rough, but did not require 4WD. Definitely worth it.

We liked the very old trees ... 4,500 years old

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful trail, and great distance views! Trail was a little rocky in the first 2 sections but didn't stop us. We did this hike in 3 legs. Strawberry to cascade falls, then 2 days later we did cascade falls to te-ah campground then 1 week later we did te-ah to woods ranch. If we did it again we would end at deer haven cg. From there to woods ranch is a rocky road and a lot of exposure. We would love to do this and camp 1/2 way through.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful views, kid friendly. Easy to moderate.

backpacking
11 months ago

May 2017 backed packed to the meadow, you cross two ridges on the way. After the first you go down to a stream that would be a nice place to camp on its own. Before crossing the second ridge the trail is rough, we experienced a number of patches of snow. Upon crossing this ridge that includes a period of near flat ground the trail makes a steep decent to the meadow. This part of the trail had large batches of snow on some of the down slopes. We camped in Whipple Valley and day hiked to North Valley, great location if there while the water is. This will go on my annual hiking list.

Beautiful route with tons of photo opps. If you're visiting any of the area parks, you'll find yourself driving this route automatically!

fishing
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The hike up to the lake was rough, there's no sugar coating it. It's entirely uphill and extremely steep at places. Absolutely worth it once you reach the lake, though. We spent 3 days up there camping and fishing and not a single person came through.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

This was just over a 7 mi hike and despite its name is not a canyon, but rather up a steep ridge, through very nice ponderosa pine with some nice high views in some spots. It starts out slowly in elevation gain but is quite steep in some places in short spurts. Overall about 2400' gain and ends at an ATV trail--it basically connects a dirt road (that you drive to trail head on) to the ATV trail at top of mountain. No particular landmarks or things to see; so if you would like a moderately strenuous forest hike it's nice. However, given the area you're in, there are many other hikes which focus on the region's unique geology, but not this one.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Great trail. Great day hike!

hiking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Very easy and well kept trail. Has plaques explaining the different plants along the way. Halfway there is a 25ft tall kiln from the 1800's.

Just excellent scenery for a drive by but better for access to great hiking.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Features plenty of switchbacks and the elevation changes are significant. You really have to do this hike before august if you want water. Once the snow melts the water is gone. Definitely recommend doing the full loop through to the brown trail so you can see all of St George.

The golden time to do this hike is from late May to mid July. Once you actually reach the whipple meadow be prepared for tons of water. Bring a pair of sandals and keep your boots dry or neoprene socks if you don't mind the water.

Rock formations in Utah are awesome....

Very nice drive

Friday, October 21, 2016

Nice trail with great views
When you get to the saddle at the top the trail is hard to find

hiking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

when you get to the view! it's amazing!

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Nice trail. Great old Bristlecone pine trees.

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