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Stunning !!!! very challenging! have to go back

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail with some trail finding to do. Cool ruins and scenery. We did see some bear scat, but nothing to be alarmed about. A little bit tough to get out the Fish Creek side. There was a rope there when we did it and it was helpful. Some fore thought and planning and this can be a great over night hike. My GPS tracks with all side trips was right at 20 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

This a great hike, but I would not call it family friendly or easy. There are quite a few areas with drop off exposure and when you have 1200+ feet of elevation gain/loss, it’s not going to be easy. We made it down and back up, but not without considerable effort helping the kids. I would also not do this mid day as it has constant sun exposure.

off road driving
4 months ago

On Dec. 23, 2017, we went up about 6 miles (entered from the West at Rte. 275)... enough to see a closer view of the Bears Ears Buttes.... it was passable in our Volvo xc70 station wagon.. no issues. A few patches of snow on that day, small ice patches. We went up on Dec. 23. As I am not from the area, I always suggest for you to ask around for the road condition before going up..... The road was quite dry, and any mud that was there had been hardened due to snow cover. If it's muddy, it'd be hard to impassable in areas, I'd imagine. Keep in mind that cell service is spotty to non-existent in this area.

We drove the entire length, but only recorded from Hanksville to the turn off for Bears Ears. There’s so much to see on this road. Keep in mind after Hanksville there’s really no services until you reach the end of the byway... no gas stations, stores or restaurants. If you drive without stopping it may be ok. But if you want to drive into Bears Ears or Natural Bridges National Monument ... assure you fill your gas tank at either end of the by way and get snacks and water. Keep in mind there’s limited to almost no cell service on most of this route including Bears Ears or Natural Bridges National Monument.

I did this as an overnight in mid-October. I'll leave a few tips here for anyone considering this trip:

- the loop is longer than 15 miles. My GPS track shows 19 and I have seen others tracking around 21 miles. I don't know where the '15 miles' comes from, and this isn't the only site that claims that.

- this can be extremely difficult hiking. Large sections of the canyons have no real 'trail' to speak of, and where there is (was?) a trail a lot of it can be overgrown or very easy to lose track of. Bring a map and pay attention.

- you can go in via Owl or Fish. Fish requires descending down or climbing up a 15'ish foot crack/dihedral. I went down that way. Understand that if you can not climb it, you are faced with backtracking 19-21 miles to get out via Owl...

- Obviously I then exited via Owl, and be warned the last few miles of the hike are pretty rough including some exposed sections and slab/friction climbing to get up and around obstacles in the creek

- The rangers had received a report of someone seeing bear prints in Fish but they weren't sure if it was accurate. I saw three piles of bear scat within the first couple miles of the descent in to Fish so, again, just something to be aware of.

- There are very few ruins to be seen on the loop itself. Supposedly there are more to be found if you hike down south of the confluence of Fish and Owl creeks. Very high effort, low reward trip if you are looking to see remnants of the ancients...

- Very important: there is no direct phone to reach the Kane Gulch ranger station. The only person you can speak to is the ranger who sets up your permits ($8 per person per trip) which you then have to pick up in person at the ranger station itself (during high season anyway). The permit guy has no knowledge of conditions or water availability which means that you will have no knowledge of conditions or water availability until you are standing in the ranger station 5 miles from the trailhead. Plan accordingly, bring enough water to cover your trip, and hope you won't end up having to haul it in.

10 months ago

hiking
Friday, April 07, 2017

this track is not accurate. This track is from the intersection of Peavine and Dark, up to and slightly past Scorup Cabin. Horse Pasture Canyon heads NE from Scorup Cabin.

We just make it this weekend, it's very beautiful and hard. The trailhead marked here actually is about 1.5-2 miles to the parking lot. And the road from freeway to parking lot is a bit tough, SUV is recommended, although I see several full size cars also make it, I won't try that. There are several good camping sites down in the canyon. We cannot make it to the Colorado river nor Young Canyon, it will take some time to look for the best trail, be prepared for that.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Awesome-views both on top and below!!

walking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Incredible experience to walk right up to the edge of the canyon. If you head towards Natural Bridge National Park you can drive up to Muley Point Overlook which makes the view even better.

backpacking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Excellent canyon hike that you can make as long as 8 miles if you go to the end. Most people turn around at the first of 8 ruins, the famous "House on Fire" all the ruins in this canyon were left from the Anasazi Indians. For a full review check out my blog post: http://www.mylifestyletoyours.com/05/2016/hiking-mule-canyon/

-Heather

hiking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

This is the South Mule Canyon Trail. The North Trail is from the Bridge a half mile up Texas Flat road. It is spectacular and not as many people. There is a lot of Wow factor

hiking
Monday, January 11, 2016

Lots of scrambles! Started on the Fish Creek side. It was not marked well, we spent most of the afternoon trying to find the decent into the canyon. Once we found it, there's a sudden drop that we had to climb down & lower our packs into. After this is a very steep scramble down. Be very careful going down! Once we were down into the canyon, there trail isn't too bad. Lots of creek crossing. There were several more small scrambles, and trying to find where the trail was. Flooding had washed away a lot of it. There are several great camp sites along the way, water is available. The scramble up Owl Creek has some really nice indian ruins. Overall It's a nice trail, just make sure you're in good shape & have a good amount of water for the scrambles.

scenic driving
Monday, August 31, 2015

Beautiful drive through a very scenic area

hiking
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I'm unable to find South Fork Mule Canyon Trail on AllTrails.com so I'm posting my review of the trail section up to House on Fire ruins. Easy, accessible trail. As always, bring water, wear a hat and use sunscreen while hiking. If you want to get the full effect of the House on Fire ruins you have to be there at the right time of day for the light to bounce off the slick rock and hit the sandstone just right in order to get the fire effect. It was cloudy and overcast for the hour plus that I was there but in one 4-5 minute window the sun came out and everything lit up...It was one of the most incredible things I've ever seen and I managed to get THE shot. The 5 star rating is for the ruins not the trail.

walking
Thursday, May 28, 2015

The view of this feature from the west looking east is incredible. It is an interesting place to hike around with many ancient ruins and petroglyphs and other artifacts. Spend a day here driving or biking and then exploring.

walking
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Good museum, the Indian ruins are really cool

hiking
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Backpacking: Great hike if you're down in the area. I definitely recommend going up the north canyon as south is very busy with day hikers.

hiking
Monday, July 28, 2014

beautiful area to spend many days in. There are a few easy top rope climbs at the mouth and a big petroglyph panel near the mouth. the canyon is awesome and has many great archeological sites.

hiking
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Loved it! There's definitely some rock climbing to be done both in and out of the canyon so be ready for that.

scenic driving
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Even though it's been a long I still remember being impressed with the view

hiking
Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fun to see the ruins.

off road driving
Saturday, August 24, 2013

Rode this trail on a motorcycle many years ago from the end of the road in the Needles District of Canyonlands through Bear Ears pass to UT95 highway. Sometimes the road is impassable because its steep and rocky in places. But not much of a problem on motorcycles

scenic driving
Thursday, March 21, 2013

A short paved road (Hwy 316) takes you to Goosenecks State Park. Amazing view!

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Drove this Byway in 1994, and again in 2005. There are no towns between Blanding and Hanksville. You pass by several Indian Ruins, as well as Natural Bridges NM, and the upper end of Lake Powell. It is very scenic, and there's not a lot of traffic. Some of the grades are fairly steep; if you're pulling a 5th wheel, you will know it.

hiking
Monday, March 18, 2013

Edge of the Cedars is in Blanding, and you go through a museum indoors. Later, you can wander about outside through Indian village ruins. Very interesting.

on Arch Canyon Trail

off road driving
Monday, December 24, 2012

Arch Canyon trail starts approximately 2.4 miles north of UT Hwy 95 off Comb Wash road. This is a sandy trail that crosses the wash numerious times as it winds between steep canyon walls. There's Cliff Dwellers ruins and Petroglyphs a few places along the way. Length is 8 miles from the begining to end of the canyon (the turnaround point) We went on the 12th of May and it was hot! This would be a nice winter hike. High clearance 4WD required if driving.

camping
Saturday, September 08, 2012

Awesome hike. Very interesting cabin. There is a water tap close to the creek across the cabin.

off road driving
Thursday, March 15, 2012

We were in the neighborhood of Blanding UT, and decided to take a look at the canyon. We only went as far as the Arch, we did not do the whole 18 mile hike. Most memorable thing, it was hot! But any hike in Utah, is worth the effort.

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