Overview

This short hike follows the rim of Glen Canyon and offers stunning panoramic views of Glen Canyon the Colorado River Lake Powell and Hite Utah. The short 0.2 mile one-way trail is unmarked but easy to follow. This hike is suitable for children and adults of all skill levels. Use extreme caution near unfenced cliff edges.

The Trailhead

This hike begins at the Hite Overlook in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. To reach the trailhead from the junction of UT-24 and UT-95 in Hanksville, UT:

  1. Drive south on UT-95 for 41.2 miles to the signed junction for Hite Overlook.
  2. Turn right onto the Hite Overlook Road.
  3. Drive 0.5 miles to the parking area at the end of the road (37.881118,-110.408215).

The Hike

From the parking area, begin walking southwest toward the rim of the canyon. Continue by following the footpath leading south along the edge of the cliffs. Use caution walking along the edge of the cliffs. The trail becomes faint as you walk. Stay near the cliff edge until you come to the end of the trail at the southern tip of the mesa. From here hikers are treated to an awe-inspiring view of Glen Canyon.

When the water level of Lake Powell is near full pool, the reservoir extends below the overlook and further north into Cataract Canyon. The Hite Marina and boat ramp is visible on the east side of the canyon below. In low water years, the Colorado River flows freely below, leaving the marina and boat ramp unusable. Before Lake Powell, this location was the site of the small town of Hite, Utah, originally settled by a man named Cass Hite.

Return the way you came, or explore more of the rim by following the west rim of the mesa back to the trailhead.

Rules and Regulations

  • Clean up after pets.
  • Pack out all trash.
  • Do not draw or carve on rocks.

Special Considerations

  • This area can be extremely hot during spring, summer and fall. Carry plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing.

Credits

This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.