Professor Creek and Mary Jane Canyon Trail

EASY 142 reviews

Professor Creek and Mary Jane Canyon Trail is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.6 miles Elevation Gain: 541 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

waterfall

wild flowers

no shade

Easy, family friendly trail that runs along and through Professor Creek. Be prepared to get your feet wet as you weave in and out of the creek during your journey.

hiking
26 days ago

If you like hiking into a gradually narrowing canyon, while crossing/jumping the stream dozens of times, this hike is for you. Hiking all the way to the falls, chances are your feet will get wet and cold. So be prepared. It was in the mid 60's, but we did have to layer up as we neared the falls. There are a couple of side canyons a good way in that looked interesting to explore. May be technical though. For most of the hike, your crossing the water every minute or two, got old after an hour or so. Probably won't hike it again unless we plan to check out one of those offshutes. Although may be a nicer experience early or late summer with some water shoes.

hiking
off trail
2 months ago

Great! Fun hike mostly in and along creek. Feet’s are getting wet.

hiking
2 months ago

This is probably a bit harder than moderate as stream crossings include jumping, high stepping, lots of balancing, more trail finding and up and down steep cliff banks than expected. Poles would have helped! We clocked just over 8 miles round trip and 4 hours. We arrived at trailhead at 8am and very glad as it would have been a hot afternoon hike. Our dog loved it. The waterfall is quite spectacular. Overall, interesting longish hike that is well worth the effort! Directions can be misleading as even though warned we inadvertently headed out Sylvester. Only when looking back did we realize we were just beyond the Sylvester trailhead sign. BLM, please add a Professor Creek trailhead!!

This is one of my favorite hikes! No permit required and dog friendly. The trail starts to the left when you park, then go down and over the ditch. Lots of water crossings. Only saw 3 people. Waterfall at the end made this an awesome hike.

This trail

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trail. follow the water all the way to the falls (4.6 miles). the total distance up and back is around 8.4 miles, just FYI. the trial head is back left as you pull in, isn't marked. Sylvester is the wrong trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy trail for the little ones (6-9) they loved walking the stream ( creek) We saw loads of wild life even a snake!

hiking
4 months ago

Fun hike. I enjoyed the falls. Interesting canyon

hiking
4 months ago

Arguably the best trail outside Moab. We have done all the trails in arches and a few more outside Moab but this is likely the best. Very quiet and a great place to take your dogs to cool off in the stream. Make sure to bring water shoes or shoes you don’t mind getting soaked because they will. When you show up at the trail you have to go down the ditch, up the other side, and then you will see the trailhead. There is no marking of the start of the trail but it is pretty beaten down. Don’t be fooled by the other trail, Sylvester?, connected to the same parking lot it is not this trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Great dog trail, BUT go early! I started at 930 and was out by 2 and the Sand was too hot for my dog to comfortably walk on. But you can walk in the creek the whole way up to the falls and back to stay cool. The TH has 2 trails, the one past the sign/map does not go to the waterfall. Follow trail by parking lot and flowing water. If you follow the water upstream you can't get lost.

hiking
5 months ago

A man with a group of 4 assaulted my dog with his hiking pole yesterday because my dog (a 6 month old puppy) got startled by the group and barked at him. If anyone knows this group please send them my way so I can give them some education. Besides that, great hike. Lots of water for the dogs. Beautiful red rock. Loved standing under the waterfall at the end to cool off.

hiking
5 months ago

Cold feet in spring

hiking
6 months ago

Perfect hike for summer time in Moab, you are able to cool off in the creek, only mostly ankle deep. The parking area fills up if you go later in the day.

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off trail
rocky
6 months ago

Great hike we loved it

hiking
6 months ago

So fun! Love being able to walk through a canyon the whole way, and the water was great for my dog to cool off throughout the whole hike. Plan on any shoes/socks getting wet. Unless the boots are up your calf... there’s no way to see the waterfall at the end unless you walk through the water. Totally worth it!

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Respite from the heat for the dogs. We didn’t go the whole way, instead chose to creek walk the majority of our way. Even late afternoon, the heat was tolerable due to the water. Lots of other dogs, people had them off leash a lot but respectful. We will definitely do again next time in Moab. Less crowded than racist bill canyon as well.

hiking
6 months ago

This was an excellent trail. We Chose it because we had our young border collie along and wanted to have him in water. The scenery is beautiful and gets more striking the father you go. Coming back out is wonderful because you see the other side of the canyon view. Make sure you don’t get sucked into a side wash instead make sure you stay with the water. That will get you to the falls. Excellent hike, one of our favorites

Absolutely in love with this hike! This map is to Mary Jane slot canyon (waterfalls). It was absolutely perfect for the dogs and easy for beginners because it stays mostly flat. We wore Chakos and that was perfect because most of the hike you’re walking in shallow water. It was absolutely stunning!

68 creek crossing. The views and trek definitely will make this worth it as long as the creek stays low.

hiking
7 months ago

This hike is freaking beautiful. We took our three dogs with us off leash and they had a ball and were completely pooped by the time we got back to the car. Be sure to start earlier in the day, as it can get pretty hot and be exhausting to start mid day. We only passed about 10 people on this hike, but a few complained of feeling sick, and one didn't make it to the waterfall before she felt she needed to turn around. So be sure to pack proper food and water. You'll cross the stream 50+ times, so be prepared to get wet, probably calf deep in some spots and the ground is incredibly uneven, so watch where you walk. Otherwise, the trail is mostly flat. Once you get to the waterfall, it's amazing. You feel this crazy adrenaline rush and the beauty is astounding. Highly recommend this hike, just come prepared.

7 months ago

great trail. You cross the stream 50+ times which is a lot of fun but you will get your feet wet no matter what. We started this trail at 9am and the water was absolutely freezing. My feet were numb and generally uncomfortable for the entire hike to the waterfall. The water did warm up by the time we headed back. I suggest wearing wool socks with your water shoes.

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muddy
rocky
7 months ago

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muddy
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Great early season trail. Would be super hot in the summer with no shade and definitely a hazzard with flash floods. beautiful otherwise!!!!

hiking
Sat Nov 03 2018

Very nice, but long walk, especially if you are strategically planning your creek crossings. Right now, the creek is low enough that you could probably do the whole hike without getting your feet wet as long as you planned your crossings carefully and channeled your inner gazelle. But, there are lots of chances to slip up and so the odds are pretty good that will eventually end up with at least one foot in the water. The last 20 feet to the waterfall does require that you walk in the water, but I took off my shoes for that part. I saw 2 other people the entire 3 to 4 hours I was in the canyon. The driving directions as I got them from the AllTrails app were exactly correct, but it seemed like the actual hike is shown incorrectly. Professor Valley road is a couple miles before the signed Onion Creek Road if you are coming from Moab. When you get to the end of Professor Valley road, there are two parking areas right next to each other, and if you park in the last one the well-marked Sylvester trailhead is to the right. On the left there is a trail running down into a wash and then up the other side. That's the right one. You need to stay alongside the creek the whole way. In the first mile or so, don't get fooled into going down any of the washes away from the running creek, even if you see footprints or horse tracks. I made that mistake and had to backtrack. Just under a mile before you reach the waterfall, there is a side canyon that you could explore if you wanted to climb up a makeshift rope ladder someone has placed to get up over a large boulder.

hiking
Tue Jul 10 2018

Trail is at the same trail head as Sylvester...at the end of an old ranch road that dead ends. Beautiful and worth every minute!

hiking
Sun Jun 24 2018

Did this one June 16, 2018. One of my favorite hikes ever. Completely unmarked. Same parking lot as Sylvester but just walk in the opposite direction of Sylvester trailhead and you'll see a foot path. Again, completely unmarked...I was afraid we missed the turn to the parking lot but we just made sure to follow our footprints back to the parking lot. We saw a golden eagle which was amazing but tons of toads the size of a fist and water snakes (eek!!). Expect to get your feet wet. There were plenty of spots where we just had to walk through the creek. Follow the creek all the way to waterfall. We booked 11 miles round trip....so be prepared for that.

Wed May 23 2018

Great for dogs!

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