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The trailhead was along the side of a neighborhood road with minimal parking but with few hikers on the trail it was sufficient. Start this hike early to beat the heat. The shady morning was a little cool so plan accordingly. We didn't think this trail was hard at all. Maybe could be rated somewhere between easy to moderate. The hardest part of the hike was hiking in the sandy, gravelly riverbed. There were some areas of climbing over boulders in the riverbed and also near the tail end of the hike. The views of the massive vertical cliff faces were amazing. Reminded us of hiking the narrows in Zion without hiking through water. There wasn't any running water on the trail but rather a few collection basins of water in the riverbed that had some tadpoles in them. The water was clear and could possibly be filtered if your absolutely needed a refill. The wild flowers were pretty and the views of the cliff faces, rocky outcroppings, and the valley below were amazing especially when the sun started to light them up. Awesome hike nothing like the trail name, hellhole. Great place to get away from the crowds on the trail. Enjoy.

The only uphill on this "hike" is the first mile, which seems to be an old road filled with rocks. Then it's flat until the overlook. Great views.

it's an amazing hike and worth it when you get to the top. just watch out for the bees. There were about 4 sets of hives on the ground to watch out for.

28 days ago

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1 month ago

This hike provides some amazing views from start to finish. With the Santa Clara Mountains in the distance, Red Mountain, and the walls of Kayenta Canyon surrounding you, photo ops abound. We started on the trail above the wash, which eventually dropped down into it. Temps were in the high 80's with no running water. There are some shaded areas as we continued up the wash, made up of dirt, sand, rocks, and boulders. Some scrambling over the larger boulders was required but, even so, I would rate this hike as moderate, not hard. The hike ends deep in the canyon with the beautiful red walls shooting straight up from the ground in front of you. There are huge boulders and large flat topped rocks filling the wash floor there which makes for a great place to sit and enjoy the scenery before heading back. Our total time was about 3 hours but we stopped for lots of photos. I highly recommend this fantastic hike with beautiful views! Not at all a Hellhole!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Nice hike with a variety of features. About 2.0 miles out and back to the cave. First section is across lava flow area with sharp rocks in parts of the trail. Not a problem with proper footwear. Relatively level until the final climb to the cave. Nice and cool inside. Good place for a lunch break. A bit of the trail follows the dry wash. The steps are pretty cool at the 1.75 mile point.
Note: For those wanting to hike the Johnson Canyon Trail (off shoot from this one), a sign indicates that the trail is closed until September 15th unless you hike the trail with a ranger. Info #435-628-2255.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Great hike!

on Hellhole Trail

1 month ago

Great hike for kids.