Explore the most popular trails in Mexican Mountain Wilderness Study Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
off trail
rocky
4 months ago

This is a mixed review so bare with me. First thing is some of the views on this hike were magestic. Huge cliffs of red rock and some pretty cool canyons. Utah is amazing. The downside of this hike unfortunately are several. First the trail in many areas is unmarked and not existent. If we didn’t have the AllTrails app we would have been in trouble and that’s just on the flat parts. Second thing is the high gains in elevation have no trail whatsoever and would be far from moderate. I’d say extreme would be more appropriate as it appeared to be straight up rock climbing. Because of this and there being no trail we never completed the loop. We went to the right where the trail forks and made it about 7 miles to when the climb started and had to turn back. We were overnight backpacking and so the option to climb up the side of the mountain with no trail and and loose rocks solidified our decision to turn back. We came across one solo day hiker who completes the hike and had started the other way and he said there was literally no trail up top and was pretty dangerous. I just have to say I’m way impressed by this guy for doing the loop. Well done man. That being said if you wanted to hike in until you get to the climbs and camp overnight there’s a few good spots in the canyon. There was still some water in the creek beds but I’d say in a week or two that will be all gone and you’ll need to pack everything in. Not a ton of shade either so this would be recommended as a spring or fall hike. Overall we enjoyed the scenery and being pretty much alone. The stars were amazing at night as well. But the hike I’d say should only be moderate till you reach the climbs and then it’s beyond crazy. The loop itself should be hard or probably extreme and only done by advanced hikers and only day hikers with a fairly light pack.

hiking
4 months ago

TL;DR - This is not a moderate hike. It is not even hard. It is very hard. Experienced hikers with trail navigation skills recommended. I consider myself a pretty experienced hiker. When I use this app I typically understand that a Hard difficulty isn’t always that hard in my opinion. I completely understand these ratings are relative, but the Moderate difficulty rating on this trail is remarkably understated. I did the Upper Muley Twists trail in Capitol Reef last week and it was rated as Hard. I found it to be Moderate, even with the extra 6 miles out and back I had to hike because my vehicle couldn’t make it to the trailhead. That said, I could see why some people could find it to be Hard. If that trail is Hard, this trail would be Very Hard by Alltrails ratings. If you are considering hiking this whole loop, please consider the following. This is not a marked trail. Aside from the clear path in the washes, the rest of the trail is unmarked, and not even an attempt at a trail has been made. If you see a cairn, I think I saw maybe five in total, they are not placed there by trail maintainers. They are just there and do not indicate a path. So it would be crucial to know how to trail navigate without and assistance from the trail itself. That trail navigation, that takes place on class 3 and even class 4 scrambling for at least half the hike. This is rugged terrain. After the two grueling climbs if you take the clockwise route, you get to the top of the mesa which hold big views (and LTE service on AT&T funny enough). From there you are in for some more technical hiking and trail finding. I’m pretty sure, Dallin, who left a review 3 years ago in this app, is probably the last person to set foot up there before me. There is no trail. There is not a single footprint or hint of a path. After that, it is more of the same. Constant scrambling and trail navigation. You will see some pretty dramatic landscapes and constantly cross some sketchy terrain. Then you have to descend what the previous reviewer, Chas (hey Chas!), describes. Basically another vertical rocky slope that is nearing vertical. I was so grateful to reach the wash at the bottom of this slope so I didn’t have to think where to place every footstep and just hike. Chas’ review is accurate. Day hiking and backpacking in the washes (particularly the right side wash) are very pleasant areas with some vegetation and a little water. If you plan to do the whole loop, do it in spring and fall and bring a lot of water. A lot! Oh also, the app says 17 miles, but those straight lines that go up and down the big slopes are not possible. You will zigzag constantly. I ended up doing over 19 miles.

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

Went memorial day weekend and only saw 1 other couple hiking this trail. It was beautiful 70 degree weather and wasn't too cold camping close by. the hike had amazing views and the river had water for our dogs to stop and take a quick dip.

horseback riding
Saturday, November 14, 2015

This is a spectacular canyon that I rode on horseback last February. Many fun river crossings, especially bounding up the banks on the other side on horseback! Beautiful red rock walls, pictographs along the way, great variety of beautiful desert scenery. Kane Wash is another great ride in the area where you can do some fun galloping on horseback. We spent three days with a base camp on the river and had great rides and a great time. I would like to float someday in May or June or backpack and stop at Virgin Springs Canyon for some exploring.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, March 16, 2016