Kane Creek Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is 12.8 miles long and begins at 4,198 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 25.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,114 feet.
Kane Creek Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The trail winds back and forth across the floor of Kane Creek Canyon and crosses Kane Creek many times. It then climbs rapidly up the narrow end of the canyon, providing some terrific photo opportunities and a few small challenges. Officially this canyon is called Kane Springs Canyon, but most people refer to it as Kane Creek. I don’t recommend you drive this trail during the hot summer months when biting flies become a problem. This trail is on the borderline between moderate and difficult. Stock vehicles with skid plates can get through although some experience is necessary. Tight brush, in a few places, will rub against the sides of your vehicle. Avoid this trail during periods of heavy runoff as stream crossings may be too deep. There is a high shelf road as you near the end of the trail. Backing may be required to pass. Be aware of the possibility of flash floods in the narrow canyon. Route-finding is easy except for a brief spot at the beginning. Although there are spur roads that depart into side canyons, the main trail is obvious most of the way."
--Charles A. Wells, Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks).
"Challenging and scenic trip into narrowing, remote canyon with many water crossings. Don’t go alone. Stay on main route at all times. This area has been heavily abused by irresponsible riders who think they can go anywhere they see a small path. Trail could be closed if abuses continue. Rocky and washed out in places. More than 20 significant creek crossings, some of which are deep even during dry periods. I found the worst crossing mid-thigh deep. Primary route is sometimes hard to determine through wet section. Easy to get stuck in mud or ensnared in tight brush if you get sidetracked. End of trail climbs rocky shelf road to difficult point where most riders should turn around."
--Charles A. Wells, ATV Trails Guide: Moab, Utah (FunTreks).
"Follow difficult but scenic trail to an outstanding overlook of Kane Creek Canyon. Many legal side roads to explore. Stay on existing roads at all times. Watch for bikers. Avoid this area during the 24 Hours of Moab Bike Race, held annually over a 3-day weekend in mid-October. Contact Moab Travel Council or BLM for dates. Some of this trail follows segments of “Tip Toe Behind the Rocks” Jeep Trail. This trail has steep, rocky ledges that are difficult for ATVs. Some ledges have bypasses, some do not. For advanced riders only. Don’t go alone."
"This is a wet one. Kane Creek usually has an ample flow, and the ride dives right into it. The sand is rideable for the most part, but it gums up drivetrains! The canyon induces claustrophobia with towering, crumbling walls.
It’s almost a relief when Hurrah Pass comes into view. As a loop with the Pritchett Arch route (Ride 21) and the numerous roads of Behind the Rocks, this ride is extremely exhausting."
--David Crowell, Mountain Biking Moab Pocket Guide (Falcon Guides).
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