Chinle Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
#44 of 82 trails in

Chinle Trail is a 15.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hurricane, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
15.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2142 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Zion National Park Springdale, Utah 84767 Park Headquarters: 435-7723256 Backcountry Information: 435-772-0170 Fax :435-7723426

backpacking
3 months ago

For a day hike out and back in moderate weather, this is a nice trail with great views and somewhat changing terrain. There are obvious inclines and declines around the washes, none of which are difficult in moderate weather.

However, if you're backpacking with a full load in 90° heat, this is serious. The whole trail is extremely exposed. We backpacked to campsite #5 which is very slightly uphill most of the way. We really didn't realize it until we returned. We camped at the designated spot, which we thought was nice, although it is very exposed. The Coalpits spring was fantastic and just what we needed. The water had low sediment and was easy to filter. Note that it is not always running, check with the ranger.

Our return is when we realized going out must have been uphill because the flat-to-downhill was welcomed. The heat was brutal and there was little shade. We did this in late May and it was in the 90s with no clouds. We returned with heat exhaustion. Please be careful and reconsider backpacking in that type of weather.

backpacking
3 months ago

Great trail and all the campsites have amazing views. We came back by way of the Coalpit Wash Trail instead of backtracking.

backpacking
4 months ago

4 months ago

6 months ago

Nice quiet trail. The start is rocky but it smooths out and you can go as far as you want.

7 months ago

horseback riding
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Nice trail for horses with good views of the rock layers. Pretty flat.

hiking
Friday, November 09, 2012

A nice easy and sandy hike. Best done in the fall, winter or spring. There is a petrified log jam at the end of the wash at the alcove. You can explore more if you scramble up the left side of the wash and hike east to connect to the Chinle trail, On top is the petrified forest. Beautiful views in all directions.