Scout Cave Trail

MODERATE 189 reviews
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Scout Cave Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ivins, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 613 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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cave

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

The trail passes over lava flow fields, stream beds, and Navajo Sandstone rocks. Trail is open all year, but watch for flooding in rainy seasons.

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muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Went off trail a bit and made it amazing! This hike is “easy” until you forge the river and it starts to get “moderate”. Great views from the caves!

13 days ago

nice walk, no shade so might get hot in the summer

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rocky
13 days ago

Definitely not a scramble. A very relaxing hike.

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scramble
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Trail thru the lava field is very rough. Nice views from the cave at the top.

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no shade
1 month ago

Packed my baby on this one. Longer but easy trail. Cool cave. Sucks that the trail runs close to homes and private property now.. no shade. Saw a rattle snake. Be aware! Other than that, sweet hike.

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bugs
no shade
scramble
2 months ago

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no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

It's an ok trail. Good for a midweek quick hike. We did 3.7 miles RT.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail-a bit hard to follow in spots but spectacular views once you get to the top-the cave requires some scrambling but so cool once you get there!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike for everyone including dogs. There was one part I had to carry my pup (an Australian Shepherd 6mo puppy) down a rock but she had no problem the rest of the trail. It had a lot of variety rocks and sand and flat trail. The caves were fun to climb in, some required boosting or climbing equipment. It was quick and fun!!!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Personally I think it should be a moderate trail. The last 1/3 part is the hardest due to the trail posts are not clearly seen and a lot of climbing. The cave itself is nice after a long hike under the sun, great view as well! Coming down from the cave was hard because we couldnt remember how we came up (there were some stone stairs and we could not find them even with this app’s map) so we ended up climbed down off trail a bit until we saw some familiar scenery and finally the bottom of the stone stairs on our left then we are back on the trail. There werent a lot of train posts too at the last 1/3. Definitely bring lots of water if you gonna be under the sun most of the time.

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muddy
no shade
3 months ago

Trailhead post has the hike as 5.5 miles. Trail is flat for the most part of it but the last third of the trail is a lot climbing. Wear good shoes because a lot of big rocks sticking out of the ground. Great views, cave is cool!

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muddy
no shade
over grown
scramble
4 months ago

I did this hike with my 7, 5, 3, and 1 (in a hiking carrier) year old. They love hiking and climbing! I would not necessarily think of this as “easy” as I would not do this hike with kids who aren’t super steady on their feet. The second half of the trail has a few spots that are very over grown which makes it confusing when you see other “trails” that are wide open but are not the trail to follow. Just make sure to pay close attention to the trail markers. Also, bring lots of water as it gets quite hot with little to no shade. The caves are BEAUTIFUL! With amazing views of Entrata and Ivins.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. The trail is in good shape and well marked. Good family hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Cute little hike with great views and a fun little lunch spot at the cave.

hiking
6 months ago

The cave is amazing! Wildflowers everywhere!

hiking
6 months ago

The map and the app is wrong it’s a little under 5.4 miles not anywhere near 3.4

hiking
6 months ago

It’s kind of boring hiking through the desert for most of it. The cave is cool at the top. It was a little difficult for the kids we brought, but they still made it. We didn’t think it would be hard enough to bring water and ended up wishing we did.

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rocky
6 months ago

We loved trying to catch lizards with our 3 year old- longest she has ever hiked on her own because of the flowers and lizards!

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