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Reflection Canyon

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Reflection Canyon is a 15.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Powell, Utah that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 15.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,653 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

Backpacking Reflection Canyon is an intense, challenging hike that takes you through slot canyons, climbing up and down shifty sandstones and traversing rugged terrains and ravines. With that said, you'll be blessed with a view like no other of Reflection Canyon found at the end of the hike.

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rocky
3 months ago

hiking
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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Super beautiful, and well worth it. We pulled up the AllTrails app in the parking lot and the first 6 miles of trails were pretty easy to follow but the last two miles we basically stared at our phone and made sure we were on the red line and it took us straight there. The wind was super intense so be prepared! Other than that just bring a backup battery and plenty of water!

hiking
off trail
3 months ago

Beautiful views, definitely need 6-8 liters of water first 3/4 of trail is very well marked with Karins, last couple are not. Took us an extra few hours wondering around.

hiking
no shade
off trail
4 months ago

Had some glitches with my app on how it recorded the route. Overall very gorgeous. Definitely a trail for fall and spring with decreased temps. 8L of water recommended. We ran out a couple miles from the trailhead with 5L, and even though it was September, it was still 92°. Know your route. There are many small paths people have taken. we ended up parking at the bottom of the slick rock, and there are a couple cairns at the top closer to the left that we followed all the way to the slick rock basin for the last 2 miles. The trail was really well worn, and definitely worth not stumbling through brush like we did on our way in.

hiking
no shade
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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
6 months ago

Amazing view and not busy at all. Terrain was not difficult but it just gets really hot and you have to start really early and bring at least 8L of water (no water sources). Wear sunblock & a hat or extra protection with umbrellas. We went in May and we didn’t have to bring a tent as it was warm at night-save some weights to carry!

hiking
no shade
off trail
scramble
6 months ago

Beautiful hike. Definitely not a mid summer hike, but the isolation was surreal.

hiking
no shade
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
no shade
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rocky
7 months ago

The view at the end is amazing but the hike in summer can be taxing. Carry lots of water. A good tent is highly recommended since it's very windy at the viewpoint.

hiking
no shade
off trail
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Worth it!

hiking
8 months ago

My daughter and I hiked this Memorial Day weekend. The first 6 miles were pretty easy to follow. However I can see that the trail could disappear after a good rain storm. The last 2 miles are totally unmarked as you travel across sandstone to get to the reflection Canyon viewpoint. It took us right on 4 hours to get down there. We took about 8 liters of water each and had a few liters left when we made it back to the car. We camped over night. If it has rained I can see how the last 10 miles of Hole in the rock road can get a little schetchy. We were able to find some to filterable water down by reflection Canyon but can see that these pools would disappear during the summer. Difficult hike not a lot of elevation change but very exposed. The view is well worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Very challenging. The last two miles are going in blind. Epic views at the end

hiking
off trail
8 months ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

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