Ashdown Gorge Trail

HARD 5 reviews
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Ashdown Gorge Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar City, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.8 miles
2,696 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips



wild flowers


A non-technical slot canyon of deep overhangs, waterfalls and shear limestone cliffs. Includes Flanigan Arch. Canyoneering is an adventure sport quickly gaining in popularity. A combination of route finding, problem solving, swimming, hiking, and in technical canyons; rappelling, create an adventure not likely to be forgotten. Ashdown Gorge is a non-technical canyon, no rappelling or swimming is required. This slot canyon is often ignored because of the popular canyons of Zion National Park and elsewere in the southwestern deserts of Utah. Ironically Ashdown Gorge is not part of the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area, but exists partly on Dixie National Forest and Bureau of Land Management controlled lands. Hiking as the stream flows puts the trailhead at Potato Hollow. Access can be made via the Rattlesnake Trail, Crystal Springs / Potato Hollow Trail. Use a shuttle car system if entering from the trailhead. The canyon can also be accessed from the Cedar Canyon side and most prefer to hike upstream to Flanigan's Arch for a short slot canyon experience. The short 2 mile roundtrip hike to the waterfalls of Lake Creek and Rattlesnake Creek is highly recommended.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Fun and easy hike, just be careful with the ankles.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Not your typical slot canyon. The loose, crumbly limestone hanging hundreds of feet overhead created a heightened level of anxiety that made the trip uncomfortable. The side trip to see the waterfalls of Rattlesnake creek & Lake creek; Flanigan's Arch, make the trip worthwhile, but give me a narrow sandstone slot canyon full of pot holes any day.

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11 months ago

Tuesday, July 04, 2017