Scout Cave Trail

EASY 29 reviews
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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
482 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
20 days 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.

2 months ago

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

2 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!

hiking
7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Great hike for kids.

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

Fun Hike!

hiking
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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