Three Ponds

Saint George, Utah

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Start out over the slickrock on a well-marked, rock-lined trail. The Three Ponds Trail works its way up and down a few small rocky ridges. The hiking is easy and the trail wide. The trail stays in the wash the entire way; avoid shortcutting across the benches. In dry periods, hiking the wash bottom gets more difficult in the deep, loose sand. Near the upper end, the wash narrows somewhat, and slickrock walls move closer to frame the canyon. The trail ends at a large pool at the base of a notch through a 50-foot wide sandstone fin. Above the large pool, sunken in the bottom of the slickrock slot, lie two deep potholes; hence, the name Three Ponds. In warm, sunny weather you can cool off by wading into the bottom pool.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

Start out over the slickrock on a well-marked, rock-lined trail. The Three Ponds Trail works its way up and down a few small rocky ridges. The hiking is easy and the trail wide. The trail stays in the wash the entire way; avoid shortcutting across the benches. In dry periods, hiking the wash bottom gets more difficult in the deep, loose sand.

Near the upper end, the wash narrows somewhat, and slickrock walls move closer to frame the canyon. The trail ends at a large pool at the base of a notch through a 50-foot wide sandstone fin. Above the large pool, sunken in the bottom of the slickrock slot, lie two deep potholes; hence, the name Three Ponds. In warm, sunny weather you can cool off by wading into the bottom pool.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Saint George
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 210 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
Season: Late September to early May
Local Contacts: Snow Canyon State Park; Red Cliffs Desert Reserve
Local Maps: USGS Santa Clara, St. George
Driving Directions: Directions to Three Ponds

Recent Trail Reviews

2/21/2006
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Started the trail at dawn so the sun was coming up behind us as we hiked in. This lit up the canyon walls as you hiked though the wash. I missed the "ponds" on first pass, guess I was expecting something bigger. But all in all a good little hike. The sand in the wash was tiring after a little while. But you can spend your time staring at the soaring sand stone cliffs as you hike along and not worry about your footing because the wash is so wide and flat.



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