Maidenwater Canyon

Hanksville, Utah 84734

Maidenwater Canyon

Maidenwater Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"The trail runs along the wall on the right side. About halfway between the trailhead and Trachyte Creek, water seeps begin to appear, allowing a more abundant plant life. The canyon narrows down just after the water’s appearance and is blocked by a chockstone. Depending on the water level, it is an 8-to 12-foot drop to the water.

Although the jam can be downclimbed with some effort, a 15- to 20-foot rope is suggested for lowering packs. The water level varies significantly, from chest deep to as much as 8 to 10 feet deep, depending on the time of year, recent storms, and the water year. In low water, the pool is an easy wade; in deep water, it’s a cold swim. From the rock jam, the trail frequently crosses the stream, requiring wading shoes. The canyon floor is also full of brush that often requires minor bushwhacking. For afternoon hikers, the high wall to the south provides good shade."

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"Maidenwater Canyon and Trail Canyon are unmarked primitive trails on BLM land bordering Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Although the miles are short, there is a fair amount of scrambling and walking through water and plants and on loose river rocks. Wear appropriate footwear. In May 2011 the water level never exceeded 30 inches, but check with BLM on water levels as conditions change quickly—some hikers have reported deep swims! There are a few spots where dogs may need a boost, but no ropes or harnesses are required. Dogs and humans love this secluded adventure hike. Everyone will get wet!"

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Trail Information

Nearby City
570 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 hours
October to March
BLM Henry Mountains Field Station
Local Contacts
USGS Black Table
Local Maps