Mineral Gulch

Kanab, Utah

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Mineral Gulch makes a good base camp for explorations down into the Barracks area, farther downstream. The East Fork narrows significantly below Mineral Gulch, but you cannot follow the river past the boundary of Zion National Park. The best sections lie within the first 0.25 to 0.5 mile from the Virgin River. In places the walls narrow to just a few feet apart and 100 feet high. Grazing is allowed here, so you may find signs of cattle through the narrows. There are a couple of small seasonal springs where fresh water seeps from cracks in the rocks in the last 0.25 mile along the river before the confluence with Mineral Gulch.
100 Hikes in Utah

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100 Hikes in Utah

by Steve Mann & Rhett Olson (The Mountaineers Books)

Mineral Gulch makes a good base camp for explorations down into the Barracks area, farther downstream. The East Fork narrows significantly below Mineral Gulch, but you cannot follow the river past the boundary of Zion National Park.

The best sections lie within the first 0.25 to 0.5 mile from the Virgin River. In places the walls narrow to just a few feet apart and 100 feet high. Grazing is allowed here, so you may find signs of cattle through the narrows. There are a couple of small seasonal springs where fresh water seeps from cracks in the rocks in the last 0.25 mile along the river before the confluence with Mineral Gulch.

©  Steve Mann & Rhett Olson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Kanab
Distance: 17
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: April to July, September to October
Local Contacts: BLM Kanab Field Office
Local Maps: USGS Mount Carmel
Driving Directions: Directions to Mineral Gulch

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