Kanarraville Falls with the Las Vegas Outlaws
On Monday, we hit Kanarraville Falls with the Las Vegas Outlaws, or a couple of the guys from the team at least. Wes Mauia and Jabari Fletcher, players for the new Vegas Arena Football team joined Myra and I on our adventure to Utah..
Kanarraville Falls is one of my favorite, short, easy hikes in Utah to take friends to because of how much cool stuff you see in a very short distance. The hike is 4 miles round trip and you often see many families with kids; how far they go definitely depends on their kids abilities.. This hike boasts 4 sets of waterfalls and a number of slot canyons so I always say this hike gives the most bang for your buck!
We left Vegas about 7 am and lost an hour on the way up; we stopped at the Utah & AZ signs to take photos with the guys. We entertained ourselves by sending out Glide video messages of us acting fools and singing at the top of our lungs to a variety of songs. By the time we got off at the Kanarraville Exit and got on the hike, it was close to 11am.
How to get there: Take exit 42 to Kanarraville, and take a right on 100 North and take it all the way into the parking lot. Make sure you bring $10 cash to pay for parking at the self pay box; they will ticket you or tow you if you don’t..
The trail is super obvious and can be started from any number of places in the parking lot. Its a short steep upclimb and the first 1/2 of a mile is without much shade; make sure sunscreen, sunglasses and lots of water are in your bag for this hike.. Not long before you reach the creek and you can spend your time trying to keep your feet dry, or just give in early as you HAVE TO get your feet wet eventually. It was over 90 degrees out at that time so I just walked straight in as soon as I saw water.
At about 1 mile in, you reach the beginning of the slot canyon. It’s impressive and was a bottleneck for photos because of how many people were hiking that particular day; more than I had ever seen on the trail before and I’ve done the hike on a number of occasions.. I had never been there at noon and was thrilled to see how bright the slot was with the sun overhead.
We entered the slot after taking a bunch of photos at the entrance and wound through it’s halls until we reached the 1st waterfall. Next to the waterfall is a downed log that someone had installed metal rungs to use to climb up. Many with tiny children stop here unless they are of the age where they climb on jungle gyms easily; If so this obstacle is really nothing for them. It takes you up to another pool, with another waterfall. This is surpassed by climbing boulders on the right. You enter an area that is always ripped apart and has tons of debris evidence of flash flooding. This is what shows the danger of entering a slot canyon when it’s raining; if there is any inkling of a storm, even 50 miles away, you don’t enter a slot canyon!
Another short distance through the creek will bring you up to the 3rd set of waterfalls where the natural waterslide is found. It’s a great place to picnic and actually get wet in the falls or try the slide.. Some people stop here, or you can continue on the the next slot; small children may have a harder time with the depth of the creek through it. Be careful, the rock you navigate into the next part is slippery!
The final waterfall is at the end of this slot canyon and used to have a rickety ladder off of the log alongside it. The ladder has since fallen and someone has hammered pieces of wood onto the log as rungs; they are extremely precarious and I wouldn’t be surprised if they are gone in a few weeks as they felt like they would fall out at any moment! Once at the top there are a couple very small slots and I have always turned back after them. Wes wanted to continue on so we ended up hiking probably another mile up the creek through the canyon.. The beautiful red walls rose high above us and I’m pretty sure had my stomach not been growling we would have kept going even farther!
Jabari and Myra had already turned back and were waiting back at the car for us.. We were there by 3pm so the entire hike can probably be done in about 3 hours if you don’t take the long route as we did that day! This was a teaser for the 21 mile hike I am about to embark on with Myra this next monday to Buckskin Gulch. This is a bucket list hike for me so stay tuned for the photos and video that are sure to come!!
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