Utah Hike of the Week: Hellhole Trail — Ivins
Published: April 22, 2013 10:46AM
Updated: April 22, 2013 11:38AM
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Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune A stand of trees and some water pockets sit on the Hellhole Trail near Ivins.

Directions • From Ivins, drive west on 400 South for 9⁄10 of a mile. Then turn right so you are driving northwest on Old Highway 91. Take that for 1.2 miles, then turn right on Kayenta Parkway and follow it northeast for 1.1 miles. Turn right on Chivano Drive and take it for 4⁄10 of a mile. Then turn right on Evening Star Drive followed by a quick left on Wintook Drive and a quick right on Taviawk Drive. On the right side of Taviawk is a small parking area next to a kiosk. The trailhead is on the other side of the road.

Check the weather for flash flood warnings before hiking this trail. If it’s safe, follow the wash into Hellhole Canyon, where you’ll find water pockets and a little oasis. A sign at the trailhead calls the trail Kayenta Canyon, but it’s the same trail. The footpath leads into the wash. Follow the wash toward the cliffs to the north. The trail is sandy with lots of rocks, and footing can be difficult. As the trail approaches the canyon, you will have to climb around and over boulders. As the canyon narrows, you will see some trees and shallow water pockets. At about 2 miles, steep boulders make it difficult to continue. Most people turn around there.

Destination Dead end

Hiking time 2 hours

Round-trip miles 4 miles

Elevation gain 280 feet

Difficulty Moderate

Trailhead restrooms No

Dogs allowed Yes

Bikes allowed No

Fees No