Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Trails

Cedar City, Utah

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Ashdown Gorge is a small but unique wilderness area next door to Cedar Breaks National Monument. Locals use the area during the hunting season, but otherwise it receives few visitors. You’re more likely to share the trail with yellow-bellied marmots, Clark’s nutcrackers, mule deer, and Steller’s jays. Bristlecone pines, Douglas fir, and lodgepole pines are the dominant flora. High elevations mean long winters with deep snow. The lower portion of Ashdown Gorge melts out at least a month before the highest elevations. Access roads to the highcountry usually open in May and close in October. This trail guide includes descriptions of Potato Hollow trail to Ashdown Creek, Twisted Forest Trail, and Rattlesnake Trailhead to Potato Hollow Trailhead.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

Ashdown Gorge is a small but unique wilderness area next door to Cedar Breaks National Monument. Locals use the area during the hunting season, but otherwise it receives few visitors. You’re more likely to share the trail with yellow-bellied marmots, Clark’s nutcrackers, mule deer, and Steller’s jays. Bristlecone pines, Douglas fir, and lodgepole pines are the dominant flora.

High elevations mean long winters with deep snow. The lower portion of Ashdown Gorge melts out at least a month before the highest elevations. Access roads to the highcountry usually open in May and close in October. This trail guide includes descriptions of Potato Hollow trail to Ashdown Creek, Twisted Forest Trail, and Rattlesnake Trailhead to Potato Hollow Trailhead.

©  Lynna & Leland Howard/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cedar City
Distance: 15.5
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 8,000 feet
Top Elevation: 10,400 feet
Local Contacts: Dixie National Forest, Cedar City Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Flanigan Arch, Brian Head
Driving Directions: Directions to Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

7/6/2009
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Took the Crystal Creek Trail to Long Hollow and followed to Ashdown creek and then followed to Cedar Break National Monument. Crystal creek trail is fairly easy to follow with a few exceptions in areas with downed trees. Long Hollow on the other hand is extremely overgrown and crosses the creek twice in areas hardly recognizeable as trail. Not a trail you would want to travel without GPS. It however is absolutely gorgeous filled with wild flowers and inhabited by quail, turkey and deer to name a few. If you want to get away from the outside world this is a true jewel. Water is easy to come by in both the far end of crytal creek (2 miles) and seemingly year round in Ashdown creek (7 miles).



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