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Ashdown Gorge - Dixie National Forest / BLM - Utah, United States

by steve625  
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Canyoneering is an adventure sport quickly gaining in popularity. A combination of route finding, problem solving, swimming, hiking, and in technical canyons; rappelling, create an adventure not likely to be forgotten.

Ashdown Gorge is a non-technical canyon, no rappelling or swimming is required. This slot canyon is often ignored because of the popular canyons of Zion National Park and elsewere in the southwestern deserts of Utah. Ironically Ashdown Gorge is not part of the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area, but exists partly on Dixie National Forest and Bureau of Land Management controlled lands.

Hiking as the stream flows puts the trailhead at Potato Hollow. Access can be made via the Rattlesnake Trail, Crystal Springs / Potato Hollow Trail. Use a shuttle car system if entering from the trailhead. The canyon can also be accessed from the Cedar Canyon side and most prefer to hike upstream to Flanigan's Arch for a short slot canyon experience.

The short 2 mile roundtrip hike to the waterfalls of Lake Creek and Rattlesnake Creek is highly recommended.
Backcountry Route! Safely hiking backcountry routes depend on your own good judgment, adequate preparation, and constant attention to your surroundings. Your safety is your responsibility.

Carefully evaluate the weather forecast and flash flood potential BEFORE entering the canyon. Remember a 30% chance of rain equals 30% of the coverage area land mass will receive rain. If that 30% land mass is above you, then 100% of the runoff will come down the canyon in the form of a flash flood.

You must have and know how to use a map, compass and route description. GPS and cell phones rarely work in the confines of slot canyons.

Good water / hiking shoes. Cold water gear including neoprene socks at a minimum. Walking stick or a pair of walking poles for balance.

Drink plenty of water (water filtration / purification process).

Energy snacks. Emergency bivouac gear. Extra food. First aid kit including ankle wrap. Flashlight / headlamp.


Ashdown Gorge, Slot Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Narrows, Flanigan Arch, waterfall, Lake Creek, Rattlesnake Creek, Cole Creek, Cedar Canyon, Cedar Mountain, Dixie National Forest, Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area
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Trip Info
August 19, 2011
Trip Location: North View, Utah, United States
Length: 5.9 miles
Duration: 5 hours
Activity: Hiking
Trip viewed 1,572 times
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