The Wahweap Hoodoos Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Water, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.1 miles Elevation Gain: 406 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

horseback riding

bird watching

ohv / off road driving

running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

washed out

no shade

Undeveloped, mostly flat trail along Wahweap Creek to the Wahweap Hoodoos. Please be advised there is often little to no shade and this trail can be extraordinarily hot during summer months. After rain, the rocks tend to get very slippery and the trail may be muddy. Be careful and be sure to wear appropriate footwear.

Very nice and quiet trail, mainly in the wash. Nice views on both sides and easy to follow. The destination makes the distance worth it, the hoodoos are magnificent and very unique. There’s no shade on the trail so it’s better doing it during spring or fall and use plenty of sunscreen! :-)

hiking
no shade
rocky
washed out
22 days ago

Only saw one other group of hikers on our trip- great place if you want to feel socially distanced! The hike is long and there really isn’t much to look at until you get to the end. You’re pretty much following a wash the whole way but keep your all trails map open so you don’t wander off in the wrong direction. Would only make this trip again on an ATV or dirt bike. Highly recommend sunblock as there was very limited shade!!!

hiking
1 month ago

The hoodoos have a lot to offer! It’s definitely a destination hike; not much to see on the way out and back.

hiking
no shade
off trail
1 month ago

Wow what a great hike, we were a little skeptical at first as it seamed like we would be in a wash forever,, in fact we we’re but the hike was well worth it for the prize at the end. The canyon will appear on the left past the bushes, very nice

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Spectacular white hoodoos after a four mile hike up a broad wash. The hike isn't that interesting. There was only a little water flowing through the creek bed today. Rain could make the hike impossible. Dogs are allowed off lease. I was glad I did it but it's a lot of work so make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy the hoodoos. The directions for the linked trail take you way past the trailhead.

hiking
3 months ago

so freakimg cool go go go follow alltrails map...it's accurate 9 miles

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muddy
off trail
4 months ago

Walked about 9 miles round trip following the creek, so we got very muddy and a bit wet. It was also really sandy. Luckily we were the only ones here today hiking so it was very peaceful and serene with the mountains all around. It is definitely quite sunny on the trail so bring water and hats. It was about 39 degrees Fahrenheit today but we all ended up taking off our jackets. The hoodoos are really beautiful and it was 100% worth the 4 hour hike. Definitely hike to see them before they are weathered down in the future.

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rocky
6 months ago

I alternated between hiking in the wash and following some sandy use trails here and there. The actual hike itself is a 2-3 star experience, but the hoodoos at the end are definitely 5 stars. They are bizarre and well worth the hike. After about 4 miles (from the trail head parking area) you'll encounter a few that are right along the cliff face on the left. Just past those is a small alcove where there are quite a few more. Finally, if you continue another .1-.2 miles you'll get to the last alcove with the "star attraction" hoodoo. Like ANY desert trail/route, you won't want to hike this in the heat of summer. I hiked it on a sunny, late November day with temps in the 50's - perfect hiking weather.

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
6 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

No lo recomiendo, sobre todo en verano a no ser que sea a primera hora de la mañana. Mucho te tiene que gustar andar para aguantar la caminata sólo para ver estos hoodos, que a día de hoy, no se parecen a los de las fotos publicitarias. Lo hicimos a las diez de la mañana y tardamos hora y veinte en llegar, con un sol de justicia y a muy buen ritmo, en la vuelta mojamos las cabezas con agua porque habían 37° y no hay sombras. Andar por el río con agua no debe ser nada agradable tampoco, pues en algunas zonas húmedas aún resbalaba mucho. Lo dicho, creo que no merece la pena a no ser que te guste mucho andar. El sitio luego está muy chulo,.pero es un par de fotos y ya.

hiking
11 months ago

Neat trail, but very sandy in spots - close to the park entrance & easy to access! I preferred doing it before the park opens- beat experience, but long one!!

hiking
11 months ago

We were there on May24. The sign to Wahweap was thrown on the ground. We walked in a wrong way for 3 km. Luckily, we decided to check on All Trail and we had to head back to restart again. Glad that another party met us when we head back and saved him lots of time. A third party found their way after detoured a little bit. Make sure you follow the wash and prepare to get your shoes wet.

hiking
Tue May 28 2019

We were told this wash can range from a dry creek bed to a roaring river. We attempted this hike 2 days after a big rainstorm and it was more of a roaring river. We parked before the first crossing of the wash and waded through rushing knee-deep water to the other side. There is a barbed wire fence near the beginning of the trail - look on the right side of the wash to find a crude gate. It's also covered in barbed wire so be careful! We ultimately turned back after 2 miles because we didn't have water shoes/sandals and didn't want our boots to be soaked for the rest of our hikes (and wading barefoot over river rocks is painful!). It was still fun to explore the area and we hope to be back and give it another shot!

hiking
muddy
no shade
off trail
Sat May 11 2019

Great hike. Watch out for the water. Lots of fun in the canyon.

hiking
Fri Apr 19 2019

Just walk up the wash. Easy enough. Was lucky enough to get perfect temperatures and a light breeze today. Rained a few days ago, so sand was mostly firm. Saw no other people out, but lots of shoe prints. Also dirt bike tracks and UTV tracks....

hiking
muddy
no shade
Tue Apr 16 2019

hiking
muddy
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
Sun Mar 24 2019

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