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The Kanarra Creek Trailhead (37.537583, -113.175717) is located at the east end of 100 North Street in Kanarraville, Utah, approximately 11 miles south of Cedar City.
Reaching the trailhead traveling from the north:
Reaching the trailhead traveling from the south:
NOTE: There is an $8 permit fee for individuals, and a $25 permit fee for groups up to 30 individuals.
The Kanarra Creek trail begins by following a gated dirt road up the canyon, occasionally crossing the stream. Soon the canyon narrows and it is necessary to travel in the watercourse for much of the hike. There are many social trails that have formed in this area but the easiest route stays close to the stream.
After about 1.5 miles, you will arrive at the beginning of the first section of narrows where the creek emerges from a dramatic opening in the cliffs ahead. This beautiful section of the canyon is the deepest, darkest section you will encounter with wall-to-wall ankle-deep water between soaring sandstone walls.
At the end of the narrows, you will encounter a beautiful 15-foot waterfall with a log leaned up on the right side. For many, this is a good turnaround point but for those adventurous enough to climb the log, there is much more to see. Climbing the log can be very dangerous. There is typically a hand line installed on the wall next to the log but be sure to evaluate before trusting it. The log has had various wooden rungs fixed to its face over the years to help hikers make the climb. As of 2013, a series of steel rungs is drilled onto the face. These rungs will likely provide better traction than their wood predecessors but they may also make a slip and fall even more dangerous due to the hard edges. Do not proceed up the log ladder if you are not comfortable with the risks.
Beyond the waterfall the canyon opens up somewhat as it passes by waterfall after waterfall. Some can be climbed directly and others may need to be bypassed on trails along the stream. About one half mile beyond the big waterfall in another narrow section of the canyon, you will arrive at a 10-foot waterfall that prevents easy access further up the canyon. This upper waterfall sometimes has a ladder in place but it is rarely as sturdy as the log at the lower falls. If you feel comfortable climbing up, you may continue a little further up the canyon.
Round trip distance from the trailhead to the upper falls is approximately 4 miles.
This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.