Hellhole

The trail begins on the private, Kayenta development property in northwest Ivins next to a signed pull-off along Taviawk Drive. The remainder of the trail crosses lands administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management including lands at the north end which extend into the Red Mountain wilderness area.  The trail/route follows the wash but parts of the rocky wash can be avoided by using sandy/rocky paths above the wash. The moderately difficult trail has a total elevation gain of about 400 feet and a total up and down elevation change of about 700 feet.  It is about 1½ miles long, ending for most hikers, about 0.5 miles up inside the more difficult, although beautiful, east fork consisting of a rock strewn canyon. A side trail to the west fork at the north end of the main wash will take you up to an elevated canyon about 0.4 miles before reaching a steep ramp that rises towards the top of the mountain to the right. The entire trail runs along or through the bottom of the spectacular Red Mountain wilderness complex with its spiraling red cliffs and rock formations.  The cottonwood trees along the wash provide nice autumn colors.  Spring rains often bring a flurry of desert flowers.  The wash should be avoided during and immediately after heavy rains due to flash flooding, particularly in its upper ends.

 

BLM website on Hellhole

Read The Spectrum article written about the Hellhole Trail

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