not much of a hike, but a very nice walk in the sandstone canyons...too much sand for my taste, but it is a wash so I should have been more prepared. we turned around at the creepy cabin, which is off the path on an unmarked trail. not many travelers...I think we saw 6 other people in 3.5 hours or so.
This is a great little hike that is suitable for just about any able-bodied person. It's a fairly flat wash that meanders through a canyon. Parts are fairly narrow giving a nice shady reprieve from what can be a brutal sun, but it can also be cold. We passed pockets of snow in late March but not anything to impede our way. I know it says there's a 330 foot elevation change but it must be subtle because it feels pretty flat ( very slightly down hill on the out and uphill on the back). You will hike in the sandy wash which sometimes takes a little effort.
Stunning canyon walls and cliffs, crazy swirls and wind swept wall designs along with a colorful array of "river" rocks make this a highly recommended hike. We passed 3 people on our way in (they were on their way out) and then had the entire trail to ourselves. A perfect contrast to the hoards of people in Zion National Park and Antelope Canyon. This place is secluded and not well known (yet) making it a favorite spot in our travels.
To get to the trail we drove from Johnson Canyon Road (west of Kanab on Hwy 89) and took the road on the right when it turned to dirt (road 500). Remain on Road 500 past the Deer Creek Ranch (it's well marked with a huge sign) and just a mile or 3 further you'll see the Lick Wash Trailhead sign on the right (hard to miss). There's parking but no other facilities. Bring plenty of water, sunglasses, camera, sunscreen and a picnic lunch. If you enjoy silence and solitude you'll want to hang out here a while.
We hiked Lick Wash in late March. There was still small amounts of compact snow in the upper reaches but was very warm once we got past the narrows. The hike starts at the end of a short dirt turn off of Skutumpah Road. The trail follows the Lick Wash stream bed. Initially this is a narrow and twisting path cut through rock but after about half mile begins to open up into a widening canyon with soaring white cliffs on either side. We saw coyote, bobcat tracks (as well as a lot of cow patties) along the way.
After about a mile the trail is flanked on either side by walls of red sand sediment. This makes the white cliffs less accessible than one might think. Nonetheless the are paths here and there to get closer to the rocks. But most of the hike is on sandy river bed.
After about 3 miles No Mans Mesa comes into view. Temperatures can get quite hot in this part of the canyon and we didn't find any water along the way so be sure to bring plenty.
All in all this is a memorable and relatively easy hike but the road is sketchy in places so only try it if the road is dry and there is no chance of rain. It's roughly a four hour hike assuming a few stops here and there.
Oh, one last thing, we hiked during spring break weekend in piece weather and saw no one all day.