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Yellow Rock is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Big Water, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 846 ft Route type Out & Back

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Yellow Rock is a giant hill of multicolored slickrock that is somewhat unique for its lack of standard slickrock features. There are no hoodoos, no loose rocks on the surface, no canyons, and almost no vegetation. Still, it is well worth visiting for its interesting colors and great views. It is accessed from the Cottonwood Canyon Road. The hike is short, but the initial climb is quite steep and strenuous. It is equally difficult coming down on the loose scree. Once you leave Cottonwood Creek, there is a well defined trail marked with cairns at critical points. This hike can be done in 3 hours or less, but plan to spend the whole day. There are lots of other great rocks to explore once you are at the top.

Lower Huckberry Trailhead

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Elise Fields
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Very glad we did this as a sunset hike, as the sun would have been brutal going up/down the high-angle scree field.

Kathy Christiansen
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Hiking

Once you get to the top of the inital climb, go to the left of yellow mountain and part way around it, is an area to easily climb on top. Awesome time!

Steve Sykes
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

The first 250 yards is very steep and covered in fine scree. Hiking gloves will help with the upward climb. A good pair of walking sticks will help with going down. There is very little to no shade ~ so this will be a hot high sun exposure hike in the summer. Take a large brim hat, sun screen, and plenty of water. The view from the top is awesome, as is the rock color and patterns.

Marita Xdn
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Eileen Leonard
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HikingNo shadeScramble

This was quite the trail. You start out along the wash and then take the steep climb up the rocks (non-technical). You can follow the trail pretty easy for a while from that point. By the time you start to lose the trail you can see your destination clearly ahead. Of course our timing was bad and we ended up climbing to the top of yellow rock in mid-July at 1pm in 100+ degrees. Not the best idea, but we made it. The view from the top was incredible. Although hot (and I mean egg frying hot), there was a nice breeze up there; so we sat for a while, ate lunch and took pictures. Route finding was easier on the way back.

Ed Osterhoudt
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Hiking

Awesome quick hike. The colors of the rock are amazing. The steep early section is not as poor of footing as it appears. The drive to the trailhead is worth it by itself.

Anita Colburn
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First to Review

We hiked this in December of 2017 and loved it! It was a really great hike, albeit windy up on the rock. The colors are amazing!

James Ward
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Todd Caldwell
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Bryan Aldred
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Andrew Patterson
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Parker W
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Seong Han
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Paul Kucinskas
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Yves Guye
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Nad Bla
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William Alexander
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Todd Caldwell
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STEVE FLEISCHMAN
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Emily Wagner
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Ted Wilson
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Bernd Czerny
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Amaury Goreau
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T L.
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