Pine Valley Mountains Whipple Trail to Hop Canyon

Kanarraville, Utah

Pine Valley Mountains: Whipple Trail to Hop Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"The Pine Valley Mountains comprise a diverse wilderness area just a few miles north of St. George. Although they are hot and parched on the east side, the north and west are typically 20 degrees cooler than St. George and Cedar City, allowing dogs and humans to really enjoy summer hiking in southern Utah without roasting."

Pine Valley Mountains: Whipple Trail to Hop Canyon Reviews

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If you're looking for a good day-hike to escape the heat in St. George, this Pine Valley trail offers some relief. The day we hiked, we only met one group of three at the trailhead and later in the hike, a solo local hiker. She told us that the switchbacks had been lengthened to reduce the grade and make the climb easier. This lengthening has added 0.6 miles to the hike, making the total RT distance 7.3 miles. Our actual moving time was 4.5 hours. It was a warm sunny day in late June, with the temperature hovering in the high 80's. If you're hiking this trail in the summer, take plenty of water and take it slow and it will make for a pleasant day hike. Views into Pine Valley open up as you climb higher. At the top of the climb, bear left. The 200 foot drop into Hop Canyon is worth the effort. Although, no water was running, the canyon does offer a good shaded lunch spot with numerous stands of tall aspens. After climbing out of the canyon, the return trip to the trailhead is quick. I'd recommend wearing sturdy hiking shoes, since the trail has many rocky stretches.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,783 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5–3.5 hours
Late spring through fall
Dixie National Forest, Pine Valley Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Grass Valley
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jun 2018