Hiking

Adventures

Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef is a diverse destination. Many short park trails and scenic drives make for great family fun, while some technical canyoneering adventures keep the more adventurous entertained.

Trip Rating Quality
Capitol Gorge - Capitol ReefEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Cassidy Arch - Capitol ReefModerate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (2 Ratings)
Chimney Rock Trail - Capitol ReefModerate Hike (3.5 miles round trip / 810' of elevation gain) 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Cohab Canyon - Capitol ReefEasy/Moderate Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Ferns Nipple - Capitol ReefClass 4 Hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (2 Ratings)
Fish Creek Panel - TorreyEasy Hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Fremont Gorge Viewpoint - Capitol ReefModerate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Fremont River - Capitol ReefEasy/Moderate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Golden Throne - Capitol ReefModerate Hike 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Grand Wash - Capitol ReefEasy Hiking (2.2 / 4.4 miles) 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Hickman Bridge - Capitol ReefEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Lower Spring Canyon - Capitol ReefModerate Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
North Caineville Mesa - CainevilleModerate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (3 Ratings)
Old Wagon Loop Trail - Capitol ReefEasy Hiking 2.0 - 2.0 (1 Ratings)
Pleasant Creek - Capitol ReefEasy Hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Red Canyon - Notom RoadEasy Hiking 2.0 - 2.0 (1 Ratings)
Rim Overlook and Navajo Domes - Capitol ReefModerate/Strenuous Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Sheets Gulch - Notom RoadModerate Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
South Cainville Mesa - CainvilleModerate Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Stegosaur Hike - Capitol ReefModerate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Sulphur Creek - Captiol ReefModerate Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Sunset Point and Goosenecks Point - Capitol ReefEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Surprise Canyon - Notom RoadEasy Hiking 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
The Frying Pan - Capitol ReefModerate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)

Cedar Mesa

World renowned for its Indian ruins and rock art, Cedar Mesa takes up the southeast corner of Utah and offers many adventures from family friendly road side attractions, up to multiday backpacking and canyoneering adventures well off the beaten path.

Trip Rating Quality
Bullet Canyon - Grand GulchLong Dayhike / Easy Backpack 5.0 - 5.0 (2 Ratings)
Cold Springs Cave / Eagles Nest Ruins - Comb RidgeEasy hiking 3.7 - 3.7 (3 Ratings)
Double Alcove Ruin - Comb RidgeEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Double Stack Ruin - Comb RidgeEasy Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (3 Ratings)
Fable Valley - Dark CanyonModerate Day Hike, Pleasant Backpack 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Fish Mouth Cave Ruins - Comb RidgeEasy hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (3 Ratings)
Hammond Canyon - Cedar MesaStrenuous hike or pleasant 2 day backpack. 5.0 - 5.0 (2 Ratings)
Hotel Rock - Cedar MesaModerate Hiking 3.0 - 3.0 (2 Ratings)
Lewis Lodge Indian Ruins - Cedar MesaClass 4 hiking, VERY EXPOSED 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Lower Butler Wash - River Panel - Cedar MesaEasy Hiking 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Lower Fish Creek - Comb WashHiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Lower White Canyon - Cedar MesaModerate Hike 3.8 - 3.8 (4 Ratings)
Monarch Cave Ruins - Comb RidgeEasy Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Moonhouse Ruin (McCloyd Canyon) - Cedar MesaEasy Hiking. 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Natural Bridges National Monument - Cedar MesaEasy to Moderate depending on route 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Pine Spring Ruin - Cedar MesaEasy Hiking. 2.0 - 2.0 (1 Ratings)
Procession Panel - Comb RidgeEasy Hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (2 Ratings)
Road Canyon - Cedar MesaEasy Hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Scar Tissue - Lower Dirty DevilEasy/Moderate Hike 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Sheiks Canyon - Grand GulchModerate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (3 Ratings)
South Fork of Mule Canyon - Cedar MesaModerate Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Split Level and Ridge Ruins - Comb RidgeEasy Hiking. 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Sundance Trail - Dark CanyonEasy / Moderate Backpack 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
The Block - Cedar MesaEasy hiking, moderate navigation 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
The Citadel - Cedar MesaEasy Hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (4 Ratings)
Upper Butler Wash & Target Ruin - Cedar MesaEasy Hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (2 Ratings)
Walnut Knob Panel - Cedar MesaShort Hike 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Wolfman Panel - Cedar MesaEasy Hiking 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)

Escalante

Made a National Monument in 1996, the Escalante area is likely best known for its stunning backpacking opportunities. There are also plenty of hiking and canyoneering adventures. This makes a great spring and fall destination.

Trip Rating Quality
Buckskin Gulch - PariaModerate Backpack 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Bull Valley Gorge - Bryce Area2B 3.0 - 3.0 (2 Ratings)
Creek Panel - EscalanteEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Davis Gulch - Hole In The Rock RoadModerate Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Death Hollow (full) - Escalante2B 4.5 - 4.5 (2 Ratings)
Escalante Natural Bridge - EscalanteEasy hiking. 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Escalante Petrified Forest State ParkEasy Hiking 3.0 - 3.0 (2 Ratings)
Islomania Dome - EscalanteEasy Hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (2 Ratings)
Little Death Hollow - Escalante2A/B 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Lower Calf Creek Falls - EscalanteEasy trail walking 4.0 - 4.0 (2 Ratings)
Lower Death Hollow - EscalanteClass 3 / 4- Scrambling 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Many Hands Panel - EscalanteEasy Hiking 3.5 - 3.5 (2 Ratings)
Peekaboo-Spooky-Brimstone - EscalanteHiking with a little scrambling 4.0 - 4.0 (2 Ratings)
Phipps Wash - EscalanteModerate Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Round Valley Draw - PariaEasy Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Sunrise/Sunset Arches - EscalanteEasy hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
The Gulch - EscalanteEasy to Moderate depending on route 4.0 - 4.0 (3 Ratings)
Upper Calf Creek Falls - EscalanteEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (2 Ratings)
Upper Red Breaks - Escalante3A 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Willis Creek - Bryce Area2A 5.0 - 5.0 (2 Ratings)
Zebra and Tunnel Slot - EscalanteEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (3 Ratings)

Grand Canyon

Stretching almost 280 miles in length, averaging a mile deep, and 10 miles wide, perhaps calling it the big ditch is a little understated. To truly experience the canyon, you need to descend one of its side canyons, or hike one of the many trails that descends below the rim.

Trip Rating Quality
Cathedral Wash - Marble Canyon2A 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)

Lake Powell

Lake Powell is unique in the world with miles and miles of exquisite boating. Beyond the boating, however, are some of the most stunning canyoneering and hiking adventures on the Colorado Plateau.

Trip Rating Quality
Horseshoe Bend - Glen Canyon DamEasy hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Smith Fork Canyon - Bullfrog2A 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
South Fork of Ticaboo - BullfrogHiking 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Stateline Canyon - Page ArizonaEasy hiking 2.0 - 2.0 (2 Ratings)

Moab

Moab, the civilized desert. This is THE place to go for each access canyoneering, hiking, roadside attractions, and end the day with fine dinning and a 4 star hotel.

Trip Rating Quality
Corona Arch - MoabEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Covert and La Boca Arches - Lost SpringsEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Delicate Arch - Arches National ParkEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (2 Ratings)
Devils Garden And Landscape Arch - ArchesEasy to Moderate depending on route 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Fisher Towers - MoabEasy hiking. 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Hidden Valley - MoabEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Moab Dump Panels - MoabEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Moki Mesa - Potash RoadEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Mount Peale - San Juan County HighpointModerate Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Mount Waas - Grand County HighpointModerate Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Negro Bill Canyon - MoabEasy/Moderate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
North Fork of Mill Creek - MoabEasy Hiking 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Onion Creek - Fisher TowersEasy Hiking 2.0 - 2.0 (1 Ratings)
Parriott Mesa - Castle ValleyExposed lower 5th class climbing. 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Tunnel and Forget-Me-Not CanyonEasy Hiking, Moderate Navigation 4.7 - 4.7 (3 Ratings)
Willow Springs - MoabEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (2 Ratings)

North Wash

  Canyoneering is king in North Wash, and likely the reason most visit. North Wash canyons tend to be short, narrow, and physical. This is the place to bring long sleeves and long pants. With easy access, next to the highway, this makes a good choice for groups.

Trip Rating Quality
Happy Canyon (via Poison Spring) - Dirty Devil2A 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Hog Springs - North WashEasy hiking 4.5 - 4.5 (2 Ratings)
Lower Maidenwater - Trachyte2B 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Lucky Charms - North Wash3A (a little lower 5th class climbing) 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Messin Around Canyon - North Wash3A 2.0 - 2.0 (1 Ratings)
Mt Ellen - Garfield County HighpointEasy/Moderate Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Robbers Roost Overlook - Angel PointEasy hiking. 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Swett and Woodruff Canyons - TrachyteClass 4 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Trachyte Canyon - TrachyteDay hike to Backpack 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)

Northern Utah

Northern Utah is the most populated are in Utah, though once you venture an hour or so away from the Wasatch Front, solitude can be found.  Hiking, skiing, peak bagging, mountain biking, and rock climbing are popular along the Wasatch Front and surrounding areas.

Trip Rating Quality
American Fork Twin Peaks - Salt Lake County HighpointClass 4 (Or class 3) 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Bald Mountain - Uinta MountainsEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Bridger Peak - Rich County HighpointEasy Hiking, Moderate Navigation 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Deseret Peak - Tooele County HighpointModerate Hike 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Diamond Fork (Fifth Water) Hot Springs - Wasatch FrontEasy Hiking 3.5 - 3.5 (2 Ratings)
Dog Lake - Big Cottonwood CanyonModerate Hike 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
East Mountain - Emery County HighpointEasy Hiking. 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Eccentric BM County Highpoint - UintasEasy Hiking. 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Fish Lake Hightop - Sevier County HighpointEasy Hiking. 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Gilbert Peak - Summit County HighpointStrenuous Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Hell Hole Lake - Western UintasModerate Hike 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Ibapah Peak - Juab County HighpointLong Day Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Kings Peak - Highest Point in UtahStrenuous Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Lackawaxen Lake - Wasatch FrontEasy Hiking. 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Maybird Gulch - Little Cottonwood CanyonModerate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Mill Creek Ridge - Lambs CanyonEasy Hiking 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Mine Camp Peak - Millard County HighpointEasy Hiking. 2.0 - 2.0 (1 Ratings)
Mount Nebo - Utah County HighpointModerate 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Mount Olympus - Salt Lake CItyModerate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Mount Superior and Monte Cristo - Little CottonwoodIntermediate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Mule Hollow - Big Cottonwood CanyonModerate Hike (2.2 miles round trip / 1200' of gain) 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Naomi Peak - Cache County HighpointModerate Hike (8 miles) 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Naturalist Basin - Western UintasModerate Hike / Easy Backpack 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Pfeifferhorn Peak - Little Cottonwood CanyonModerate/Challenging Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Red Pine Lake - Little Cottonwood CanyonModerate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
South Tent Mountain - Sanpete County HighpointEasy Hiking. 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Thurston Peak - County HighpointEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Wasatch County Highpoint - Uinta MountainsEasy Hiking. 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
White Pine Lake - Little CottonwoodModerate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Willard Peak - Weber County HighpointEasy Hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)

Northwest

With Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park both in the upper Northwest corner of Wyoming, the area has a lot going for it.

Trip Rating Quality
Periodic Spring - AftonEasy hiking, well suited to most. 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)

Odds and Ends

Odds and ends... You know, things that don't fit anywhere else yet! Fun stuff, none-the-less.

Trip Rating Quality
Jump Creek - Boise IdahoEasy Hiking 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Wahclella Falls - Columbia River Gorge OregonEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)

Robbers Roost

The Roost is a very remote area of south eastern Utah. Canyoneering adventures in Robbers Roost tend to be fairly dry, and have long exits. The area was used in the late 1800's and early 1900's by outlaws, hence the name.

Trip Rating Quality
Bowknot Bend Viewpoint - San Rafael DesertModerate Hiking / Moderate Route Finding 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Colonnade Arch (Five Hole Arch) - San Rafael DesertEasy Hiking / Moderate Route Finding 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Moonshine Wash - San Rafael DesertEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
The Great Gallery - Horseshoe CanyonModerate Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (2 Ratings)

San Rafael Swell

My favorite area in Utah, the San Rafael Swell offers excellent camping, hiking, canyoneering, and rock climbing. For solitude and amazing views, this is the place to go.

Trip Rating Quality
Arch Tower and Cave Canyon - Northern ReefModerate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Cat and Dizzy Trail Canyons - Western SwellModerate Hike 2.5 - 2.5 (2 Ratings)
Chimney Canyon - Hidden SplendorLong Dayhike / Easy Backpack 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Chute Buttress - Southern SwellClass 4 hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Chute Canyon - Southern SwellEasy Hiking or Moderate for Full Loop 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Cottonwood Wash - Northern SwellEasy to Moderate depending on route 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Crack Canyon - San Rafael SwellHiking (Class 4) 4.0 - 4.0 (3 Ratings)
Ding and Dang Canyons - San Rafael SwellHiking (Class 4) 4.5 - 4.5 (2 Ratings)
Eagle/Forgotten Canyons - Western Swell3A 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Farnsworth Canyon - Eastern ReefEasy Hiking / Canyoneering 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Ferron Box Panels - Western SwellEasy hiking. 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Goblin Valley - Southern SwellEasy hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Grotto Canyon - Northern SwellHiking (Class 4-) 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Hurst Bridge - Eastern ReefEasy Hiking / Moderate Route Finding 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Little Grand Canyon - San Rafael SwellBackpacking, Horseback, or Float 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Little Spotted Wolf Canyon - Southern SwellEasy hiking 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Little Susan Mine - Hidden SplendorEasy Hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Little Wild Horse Canyon / Bell Canyon - San Rafael SwellHiking (Class 3) 4.3 - 4.3 (3 Ratings)
Lower Black Box - San Rafael Swell2C 4.0 - 4.0 (2 Ratings)
Petroglyph and Double Arch Canyons - Eastern ReefEasy Hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Pinnacle #1 - San RafaelA little 4th class / easy 5th class climbing 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Red Canyon (Chimney Valley) - HanksvilleModerate Hike 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
Rochester Art Panel - San Rafael SwellEasy Walking 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Salt Wash - Western SwellEasy dayhike. 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
San Rafael Knob - Southern SwellHiking with some scrambling (class 4) 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Sids Mountain - Western SwellLong Day Hike 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Smith Canyon - Horsethief Canyon - Northern SwellModerate Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
The Blocks - San Rafael SwellEasy Hiking, Moderate Route Finding. 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
The Chute of Muddy Creek - Southern SwellRiver Hiking or Class II Float 5.0 - 5.0 (2 Ratings)
Three Fingers and Uneva Canyons - Eastern ReefModerate Hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (3 Ratings)
Train Robbers Mesa - San RafaelA little 4th class scrambling 5.0 - 5.0 (2 Ratings)
Upper Eardley Canyon - Central SwellLong Dayhike / Moderate Backpack 3.5 - 3.5 (2 Ratings)
Upper Muddy Creek - San Rafael SwellEasy Hiking 2.0 - 2.0 (1 Ratings)
Wikiup - Central SwellClass 4 Hiking 2.0 - 2.0 (1 Ratings)

Southern Nevada

Nevada is a bit of a paradox. Home of the infamous Las Vegas, most of the states population resides in the Las Vegas or Reno areas. The rest of the state is very wild and rural. In fact, 67% of the land in the state is managed by the BLM.

Trip Rating Quality
Anniversary Narrows - Lake MeadEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Arizona Hot Springs - Black CanyonEasy Hiking 5.0 - 5.0 (4 Ratings)
Gold Strike Canyon - Black CanyonHiking with some class 4 scrambling. 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)

West Desert

Utah's West Desert is a barren place, far more populated by wild horses and coyotes than people. Hiking and exploring the west desert is a solitary activity, but there is a stark beauty in the area, and many interesting things to see and do.

Trip Rating Quality
Craner Peak - West DesertEasy hiking. 1.0 - 1.0 (1 Ratings)
Delano Peak - County HighpointEasy Hiking. 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)

Zion & Southwest

Quite possibly the canyoneering capital in the US, Zion offers  canyoneering, climbing, and hiking among towering sandstone walls. The park itself is a destination, but within a short distance of the park are many additional wonders to be visited.

Trip Rating Quality
Angels Landing - ZionEasy/Moderate 4.3 - 4.3 (3 Ratings)
Johnson Arch - Snow CanyonEasy hiking. 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Kanarra Creek - KanarravilleEasy Hiking. 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Kane County Highpoint - Navajo LakeRoadside Attraction and a short hike (4 miles) 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
La Verkin Creek - Kolob Canyon AreaLong Dayhike / Easy Backpack 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
Observation Point - ZionStrenous 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)
Signal Peak - Washington County HighpointModerate Hike 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
South Fork of Taylor Creek - Kolob Canyon AreaEasy Hiking 4.0 - 4.0 (1 Ratings)
The Subway (From the Bottom) - Zion West SideModerate Hike 4.0 - 4.0 (2 Ratings)
Timber Creek Overlook - KolobEasy Hiking 3.0 - 3.0 (1 Ratings)
West Rim Trail - ZionStrenuous Day Hike or Moderate Backpack 5.0 - 5.0 (1 Ratings)