This hike is a lot like its little brother North Caineville Mesa just across the road. South Caineville is a bit bigger, longer, and in my opinion, better! The route ascends over 1200 feet up an improbable route to the top of South Caineville Mesa. This was once an old sheep trail, which has deteriorated a bit over the years. It is hard to imagine sheep, willingly, making such a steep and arduous journey. Just when you think you have to turn back because the way is blocked by cliffs, a unique passage presents itself.
Just the hike to the summit offer tremendous views of the Swell, Waterpocket Fold, and Henry Mountains and would be a 4 star outstanding hike on its own merit. Like a late night infomercial though, wait, there is more! From the top of the mesa, a an hour so diversion leads to the very well preserved Steele Sheepherders Cabin from the late 1800's. This is likely one of the best preserved structures of its kind I have since from that time period. It makes a great lunch spot and is a fascinating piece of history.
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