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Utah Hike of the Week: Hellhole Trail — Ivins

Published April 18, 2013 12:25 pm

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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. Hellhole Trail

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