Scout Cave Trail

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Scout Cave Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ivins, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
488 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

1 day ago

Amazing but it’s probably closed by now we found two owls nest in

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1 day ago

Awesome trail

23 days ago

Varied terrain, Beutiful views, great payoff at the turnaround point!

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1 month ago

This is a great hike for beginning to intermediate hikers. Though rated "easy" the stairs and climb at the end up to the cave is a steep slog. So be prepared with plenty of water. The walk through the cottonwoods is beautiful. The lava rock formations along the way make for some great scenery. It's a full 2 miles to the cave and 2 miles back, though the app lists it a little shorter.

1 month ago

Great hike! A couple of challenging areas but worth the view!

2 months ago

The cave is awesome! Kids loved seeing lizards and birds.

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2 months ago

Nice fun hike. There’s some pretty views along the way and the cave is beautiful. It’s good night hike because the view of the city lights is stunning. Good trail run!

3 months ago

Great for kids, mine are 6 and 8 and did really well navigating the trail. Loved the cave at the end. It was worth the cold and wind we encountered the day we went.

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4 months ago

The first mile of this trail can be a bit redundant and monotonous but timing the hike to get to the cave around sunset provided us with some absolutely breathtaking views. There's plenty of room for exploring once you start the ascent to the cave and some beautiful overlooks and picture taking locations.

6 months ago

Great hike, beautiful scenery. Done it multiple times and it never gets old

6 months ago

Took a detour and saw the arch on the way! I bet it is super nice in the spring when there is more water!

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nice hike with a variety of features. About 2.0 miles out and back to the cave. First section is across lava flow area with sharp rocks in parts of the trail. Not a problem with proper footwear. Relatively level until the final climb to the cave. Nice and cool inside. Good place for a lunch break. A bit of the trail follows the dry wash. The steps are pretty cool at the 1.75 mile point.
Note: For those wanting to hike the Johnson Canyon Trail (off shoot from this one), a sign indicates that the trail is closed until September 15th unless you hike the trail with a ranger. Info #435-628-2255.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Great hike for kids.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

We love this hike, it's great for all ages. We have a tradition of running the stairs portion. I (41 yo male) did it in 20 seconds, 13 yo boy - 30 seconds, 11 yo boy - 33 seconds, 8 yo boy - 30 seconds and our 68 years young grandpa did it in 48 seconds. Caught a few lizards and even a snake along the way.

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

I loved this hike! I went early and only saw one other person until I got back to the trailhead, then there were a few families headed out. The scenery changes a few times which makes it really enjoyable...and the black rock with the red rock behind made for some awesome pictures. I was there in April so there were bright colored flowers in bloom...and I even saw a few rabbits.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Fun Hike!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Enjoyed spotting baby desert tortoise. Hiked in Mid May. It was still quite hot from 8:45-10:45 am. Wear a hat and tennis shoes, not sandals.
Trial begins as tramped red sand, moving to white sand with black basalt rocks. Descending into a sandy stream bed.

hiking
Monday, April 22, 2013

The first part of the trail is on top of an old lava flow. Though much of it is covered with the "red dirt" that is prevalent in the area there are still many places where sharp pointy lava rocks protrude out of the trail surface. I highly recommend shoes with sturdy soles. Much of the rest of the trail is in or next to a stream bed. This stream bed is almost always dry except during rain as it is not fed by snow melt.

The Scout Cave is almost exactly two miles (according to my navigation ap) from the trail head. It is a large open cave. No spelunking here. The cave was deep enough to provide a little shade for a peaceful picnic with a great view.

hiking
Saturday, June 02, 2012

This is a fun hike thats close to town. Like any hike in the St George area, make sure you pack water is doing it in the summer months, June - August. I've take my daughters (10 -and 16) on it several times and they love it. The trails follows along some cool red rock and also goes thru died up lava. You will have to hike thru some sandy area.
NOTE, Much of the year this hike is closed.

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