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Hunters Canyon

Rock formation along Hunter Canyon trail. (Jason Bergreen | The Salt Lake Tribune)

 

The trail through Hunters Canyon starts as a sandy path that crosses a shallow stream near several campsites. High redrock cliffs frame the canyon on two sides. On hot days, the sun beats down into the canyon with only a few areas with trees and brush for shade. The fairly flat trail crosses the creek a number of times, so be ready to get your feet wet. About a half-mile in, the trail passes under a large, low rock formation near the creek. Hike under and continue across the stream. The trail snakes southeast most of the way and passes several standing pools of water. The trail remains sandy in most places but crosses several areas of slickrock too. Continue on until the brush becomes thicker near the 2-mile mark. A gigantic hole appears above the trailhead on the left. A steep scree field ascends into the hole and some hikers attempt the climb. Most rest here before turning around and returning to the trailhead.

Getting there: From U.S. Route 191 in Moab, turn onto Kane Creek Canyon Road near McDonald’s. Follow the winding, sometimes paved, sometimes dirt, road for about eight miles. The trailhead and parking area are on the left.

 

-- Jason Bergreen

Region: Moab

Destination: Natural hole in the wall

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Elevation Gain: 262 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: No

Difficulty: 1
 

 

First published 2011-05-01