This family-friendly hike features mesmerizing waves of multi-colored sandstone sure to please photographers and children alike. The hike follows a 1.25-mile trail to the edge of a plateau overlooking the St. George area. Beyond the edge visitors are treated to a wonderland of colorful rock formations that offer hours of exploration. This hike is suitable for most children and adults in good physical condition. Beyond the main trail there are no trail or route markers of any kind. Good navigation skills are required.
The hike to Yant Flat begins on a dirt road southwest of Leeds, UT. The road is typically passable to passenger vehicles in dry conditions, however the road can quickly become impassable when wet. Do not attempt the drive if rain is in the forecast. To reach the trailhead from I-15 in Leeds:
- Drive northeast on the Silver Reef Road for 1.5 miles to where the road surface transitions to dirt and becomes Forest Road 032.
- Continue 1.6 miles to the junction with Forest Road 031 (37.271309, -113.386700).
- Turn left onto Forest Road 031 and continue 10.5 miles to the unsigned parking area on the left, directly south from junction with Forest Road 903 (37.234747, -113.477068).
From the parking area, begin hiking south on a closed dirt road through a quaint pinyon and juniper forest. After roughly one and a quarter miles, the trail ends at the edge of the plateau, offering the first impressive views below you of the sandstone wonderland that is your destination. There are two primary areas of slickrock to explore. The first, and smaller of the two, is directly ahead. Leave the trail and begin descending the slickrock into the colorful landscape below. Use caution as you descend, as there are some areas that may be too steep for some hikers.
Once down into the rocks, explore the area as you’d like, taking in the swirling sandstone colors and wonderful views of the St. George area and Zion National Park in the distance. When you’re ready, make your way back to the trail at the edge of the plateau and hike east approximately 0.4 miles to the second area. This section is larger than the first so you may even want to start here. Pay close attention to landmarks as you explore so you can find your way back. When you are done exploring, simply return the way you came.
- Clean up after pets.
- Pack out all trash.
- Do not make marks or carve on rocks.
- This area can be extremely hot during spring, summer and fall. Carry plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing.
This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.