Cockeye Falls Trail

HARD 3 reviews
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Cockeye Falls Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,354 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This hike includes a wonderful view into remote Parunuweap canyon, and ends on top of Cockeye Falls. The remote East side of Zion National Park presents a wonderland to the adventurous hiker. Unlike the main canyon, the East side contains a landscape of gradual slickrock and slot canyons. If a person has the proper skills (and footwear) the slickrock can lead to remote areas where few will ever venture. Cockeye Falls is one such hike. Starting in the bed of Clear Creek, looking into the slot canyon of Hidden Garden, then climbing the massive 900 foot slickrock slab to the saddle beside peak 6460, one is greeted at every turn with something wondrous. Hoodoos, Moki-marbles, Mountain sheep and Pine trees of every kind lead you into one of the most remote parts of Zions.

hiking
26 days ago

Awesome hike, and all the better for the fact that I didn’t see a single other person up there, and even on the last hundred feet back to my car my footprints were still the only ones.
Note: there are no trail markers. However, as long as you have the map cached in advance on your phone (there’s no cell reception in most of Zion National Park), or have a paper topo, you should be fine.
The initial ascent up the slab is a fun challenge, the middle section route-finding through the bushes as less fun challenge, but it is all 100% worth it for the views at the end. I confess that I nearly turned back in the middle section, because I thought I’d already seen the best views, but thank goodness I continued all the way to the end, because it is one hell of a view!
Warning - do not start this hike if it is raining or if rain is forecast. Other than the slab being incredibly slick, the hike starts and ends for about half a mile along a creek bed, and this would be impassable when the creek is flowing.

hiking
8 months ago

hiked up the trail and explored , Lots of cool photo ops. Best shots just after it rains.

Friday, July 15, 2011

I'm not sure what I enjoyed the most; hiking up the massive 900 foot slickrock slab, eating a leisurely lunch on top of a Hoodoo overlooking Parunuweap Canyon, or watching the endless stream of cars crawl along Hwy-9 just before dropping into the canyon above Cockeye Falls. What a great backcountry route.