Rainbow Bridge South Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Rainbow Bridge South Trail is a 24.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Powell, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 24.5 miles Elevation Gain: 6,683 feet Route Type: Out & Back




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no dogs

1 month ago

Knocked off 1/2 star for trailhead accessibility and 1/2 star for permit process. Full star for water availability, trail finding (markers), and scenery. I completed this full trail, down then back up. I am a scout leader and went down with 9 boys and 2 other leaders, swapped out some young men on a houseboat, and came back up with 11 different boys and 1 other adult leader. Except for in the monument, we passed no others on the trail any of the 4 days of our trek. Permitting is a bit expensive at $12 per day per person. We were expecting 14 people both ways, and dropped $672 for the permit. We couldn't get anyone to answer the phone and confirm permit availability or discuss the group size, and ended up mailing in a money order (the permit indicated only certified checks or money orders would be accepted.) It seemed to work - we received our permit through the mail about a week before our trip having never talked to anybody about the trail - but it would have been nice to talk to a person to confirm the process. 2019 has been an unusually cool spring, and we drove through a snowstorm at the end of May to get up to the trailhead. You'll see in the pictures that Navajo Mountain was still covered in snow for our trek. We started at noon on Tuesday, May 27 with an outside air temperature of 50 degrees. It was a good thing, too. Each member of our party brought 4 liters of water which was barely enough to get down to camp where we could filter more. The party coming back up in 80 degree weather on May 31 had more than half of us run out of water, some of whom had been carrying 6 liters. We could have been in pretty bad shape had this been a normal temperature year. Other reviews indicated that the trail was hard to follow. We did not have any trouble except occasionally picking up the trail after crossing the stream. In general, the trail was well marked, in some cases with continuously piled rocks that formed a 3-foot wide pathway across bare rock. While in the monument, we passed some members of the National Forest Service who asked us to put in a good review as they had been working on the trail. We don't think they made it out of the monument, though, as they weren't carrying backpacks while completing their jobs. We used USGS maps, GPS, and compasses to navigate. No surprises on the trail, it followed the expected course with splits in indicated areas. We completed over 7 miles the first day, descending into cliff canyon where there was a flowing stream to camp. We found a few established campsites with fire rings. We favored a campsite up against the cliff with soft sand to bed down in and about 15 feet above the stream. We covered the last 5 1/2 miles to the boats the next day, and repeated the hike in the reverse, staying at the same campsite, to come back out. The group coming in had the easier hike. Even so, we did have to distribute packs for a couple of the boys. This isn't for newbie backpackers. The more experienced crew hiking out did fine with support limited to shared Gatorade powder, encouragement, and a little bit of water. We had recommended no less than 4 liters of water for the trek. If I were to do it again, I would up that to 6 liters per person. We lucked out with the weather being abnormally cool.

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washed out
1 month ago

Hiked from Redbud Camp (intersection with North trail) to Redbud Pass and back to camp. About 2-545pm at a leisurely pace for a day hike with a day pack. Weather was nice with passing clouds.

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7 months ago

boat tour from Wahweap marina. round trip 9:00am through 4:00 pm 100 miles in to lake Powell, it worth the money

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Absolutely amazing! Went by boat and then hiked.

Friday, October 20, 2017

We did the rainbow bridge boat tour. The boat ride there is incredible! It is 2 hours there and 2 hours back but so worth it. You get an hour and a half at the rainbow bridge. Since we did the tour the hike was about a mile. The view from the boat was spectacular! When you start the hike you can see the rainbow bridge in the distance. We went in October so not a lot of water under the rainbow bridge.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Took the ferry from Wahweap Marina on an all day tour with an hour at the bridge. Well worth the visit.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

The 23 mile trail is from the Navajo Mt. Side. There's a trail on the Lake side that is accessible by boat only. There is tour boats that go there. The trail is around 1/2 - 1 mile depending on lake level. Best to get there early because most of the trail is in the shade. Always remember any trail in the Lake Powell area. You need to carry water. It is a desert.

11 months ago

Monday, December 12, 2016

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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