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Kane Creek Canyon

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Location Moab, UT
Rating Difficult,
Length 13.5mi
Time 4hrs

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Overview

Relentless creek crossings wind through spectacular canyon.

Trail winds back and forth across Kane Creek for its entire length. Erosion eats away at the trail but, so far, repairs have kept it open. The canyon is wide at first, but soon narrows and the road drops into the creek. Once in the creek, you can get confused at times. This part of the canyon is constantly changing. Heavy rains will drastically change this trail. Members of local 4×4 clubs, like Moab Friends for Wheelin’ will mark the trail with colored plastic ribbons occasionally. There are no “open” driving areas on this trail. New areas of abuse have started showing up more recently, and locals make huge efforts to keep everyone on the trail. Look in the trees for ribbons and try to stay on the designated route as best you can.

Rating

Difficult
Trail Ratings Defined

Very difficult. The first tough spot, “The Pinch,” has a canyon wall on the left and a big boulder on the right. You have to drive over the boulder and make a hard right turn. Even when the creek is low, you can encounter water 4 ft. deep in places. Expect scratches in new paint as the brush is very tight in spots. Also, there is a good chance you’ll get stuck in mud at some point, so go with a group that is winch equipped. Hamburger Hill is a long, steep ledge road with huge boulders and one very tall ledge.

Stats

Length

13.5mi

Time

4hrs

High Point

5,148ft

Best Time To Go

March-Nov

Hot in summer. Take bug repellent in the hot summer months.

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435-259-2100BLM Moab Field Office, 82 E. Dogwood

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Steve Davis says

We completed this trail in September 2020, and the difficulty has increased substantially since the last time we done it in 2017. Our Jeep with 40” tires and a long arm suspension struggled to get through. I don’t recommend this trail without hardcore modifications and winch.
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