Explore the most popular birding trails near Hurricane with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
12 hours ago

Great little trail... Spent a week doing a lot of the areas trails.

Fun easy hike with great views! A must do if you’re coming past the tunnel on the north side

hiking
23 hours ago

GETTING THERE
It's an 8 mile drive up a well-maintained dirt and gravel road from the interstate to the trail head. The road is suitable for regular cars. It’s a pretty drive through the hills, and there are many dispersed camp sites along the way. At the time of writing, the trail head and Oak Grove campground were closed due to a wash out. I parked a half-mile away at the Ridgeline Trail head and walked into Oak Grove.


THE SCENERY
The views are gorgeous the entire way up and varied. Oak Grove Campground is situated in a ponderosa grove that quickly transitions into oak up from the trail head. At 6,500 ft in the campground, you already have great views of the Colorado Plateau and Hurricane Valley below. Looking up, you see the impressive granite face of Pine Mountain. About halfway up the mountainside, you begin to get very close to the granite wall and its interesting rock formations. Plant communities and climate change over the course of the hike as well.

If you’re afraid of heights, there weren’t any sections with a straight drop until the very end at mile 1.9 (the top of the climb is mile 2.1). Until that point, the slope directly below the trail was never steep enough to make me nervous, and it was thickly vegetated with strong oak shrubs.

THE HIKE
This is a very strenuous hike, with a steep ascent. While steep, the trail is almost entirely composed of switchbacks, making it a little easier than you might imagine for the elevation gain (you won’t ever be hiking straight up). This is a non-technical hike, take your time and you’ll get there.

You’ll be walking over rocks and small boulders on an exposed ridge. It’s going to be hot, bring plenty of water. Trekking poles are recommended as the substrate between the rocks is loose and prone to sliding. Additionally, water has flowed down the middle of the trail in many sections, eroding the trail to a deep V. These sections can be awkward as you are forced to straddle the V as you hike or walk in the narrow bottom. Despite this, it is still a trail and you won’t have to do any scrambling or hike up a scree slope.

Overall, a challenging hike, but much easier than I had expected for the terrain and entirely non-technical.

Short but was able to get some beautiful shots

Such amazing views

hiking
2 days ago

Loved this hike. Beautiful views along the way and especially at the end. It was cold in the morning but hats and coats made it perfect!!!

hiking
7 days ago

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Great trail and an easy hike. It’s well marked and had little traffic while we were out. The overall hike is closer to 7 miles from the Staves Spring trailhead parking. The view at the end is totally worth it! Definitely recommend!

short and sweet.

hiking
11 days ago

Awesome views. Get an early start with the heat. Not too hard and well worth the effort!

Too many people, paved, something to pass the time but not a must do by any means.

walking
14 days ago

Very short but cute. To start.

love the history

great little hike to start the day to the observation point. loved it with our group and have some fabulous pics.

tip do the short quick hikes first.

new rule of thumb for us.

we thought this was the best of the shorter moderate trails. lots to see all the way. it's a popular home so go in early morning since many parts of the trail are too narrow for two way traffic. views along top third of the trail were spectacular!

short steep shaded walk along a paved trail to the viewing platform which is cut into the cliff where water rains down from above. special but not a must do.

Got to the parking lot before sunrise and we were the third car there. On return the lot was full. Get there early. Great hike with wonderful rock formations along the trail and super views at the end. Starts a little steep but flattens quickly. We got to the view point just as the canyon was beginning to glow with the sunrise. There is some exposure but with a little precaution you should be fine

on Canyon Overlook Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Go early before 8am or after 5pm if you want to be more alone. Gorgeous views. Easy short hike.

hiking
1 month ago

THIS IS NOT A TRAIL!! its basically a make your own adventure hike which happens to follow the creek bed of the gifford canyon. climbing and bush wacking are required. there was nobody else on this "trail" but there were footsteps in the sand which helped navigation and eased the feelings of uncertainty. fun but a bit sketchy.

A quick and easy hike on the drive in from Bryce. Great view from the overlook at the end.
https://hikingtheworld.blog/2018/06/16/canyon-overlook-zion-national-park/

Gorgeous easy hike, did this one just before sunrise, and hiking up in the dark then back down once it was light was like doing two different trails. Pretty and really nice!

hiking
1 month ago

Short, sweet, and steep. The trail isn't super clearly marked, but it's hard to get all that lost when you can pretty much see the start and end of the trail at all times. Good views in all directions, and I was able to see some nice birds soaring, both below me in the canyon and in the skies above.

Ok hike. Stream at the bottom was nice.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s not that great and plenty of families and old folks on the trail. We did it today after we finished Observation Point.

hiking
1 month ago

Quick easy hike with incredible views! Plan on going back tomorrow night to view the stars.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy hike, not much to see. Paved trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Worth the walk!! Sunny trail take water and your time...the view of Outlook is beautiful! Sandstone is always slippery ...wear good hiking shoes

Awesome views throughout the hike! I would rate this as a more moderate hike, it may be short but there are a couple spots that get a little dicey. Wear good footwear as there are lots of rocks and some steep climbing. We saw a herd of 10 big horned sheep on the hike which was so cool! The viewpoint at the end is incredible!! Definitely do this hike if you are looking for a place to stretch your legs as you drive through the park!

hiking
1 month ago

Checked this trail out over Labor Day weekend and ran into a lot of hikers as I guess you would on a three day weekend.
The was very well marked and maintained which made for an easy stroll with the weather in the mid 80’s.
As I often do, I kept a close eye out for signs of previous inhabitants and found 2 locations of camps that dated back to the late 1800’s. You will need to have a good eye to find these as most of the obvious signs are gone.
The trail climaxes at the end with the cable works used for transporting timber to the floor below which is now the Zion canyon.
The Stave Spring was literally dripping so make sure to carry on your own water.

Nice short hike, great view.

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