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Kanarraville Canyon - Utah, United States

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Since parking at the trailhead was $10 per vehicle, we decided to park at the church in town and walk to the trailhead. While Tara and I were waiting for Anthony, Arianne, and Kevin (they missed the exit), we decided to play around on this nifty playground toy.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Anyway, on our third or fourth spin, Tara scraped her knee pretty good. Off to a great start.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

This hike came recommended by a cousin. About all we knew going into it was, "there's a sweet slot canyon in Kanarraville. The first part up to Kanarra Falls is pretty easy, and that's where most people turn around, but if you keep going, it gets harder." Since we didn't know how technical it would be, we brought wetsuits, rope, and other basic canyoneering gear. We asked a young family to point us in the right direction, and we were off.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

The first couple blocks were awesome. Just what we came for... nice paved road... pretty view... the works.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

It only got better from there.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

After a couple of "you better watch out or we'll boot your car" and "don't trash our canyon" signs, we started up the canyon.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

The first 3/4 mile follows a dirt road. There are a couple of stream crossings. They were small enough to jump over, boulder hop, or just walk through. Keep in mind that this was October, so the water was quite cold.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

We couldn't decide if the white "5" on the cliff (below) was natural or man-made.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

At the end of the dirt road, the trail continues up Kanarra Canyon.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

The sketchiest part of the whole hike was where you have to wak along a pipe because the trail has eroded away. Piece of cake.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

There are several small waterfalls along this section of trail, but the coolest ones are farther up the canyon.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

The fall colors were amazing.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Another stream crossing.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

The red sandstone cliffs at the mouth of Kanarra Canyon were very picturesque.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

I really liked this waterfall on Kanarra Creek.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

More stream crossings.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

A dead tarantula (or maybe just a shed exoskeleton).

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Anthony decided to climb up to a sandstone cave.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

It was about 6 feet deep and had several bats inside.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Did I mention that there were lots of stream crossings? By this point, we had completely given up on trying to keep our feet dry.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

More fall colors.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

After about an hour and twenty minutes, we reached the slot canyon. The cliffs are very majestic and seemed to come out of nowhere.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

We came to Kanarra Falls just a few minutes after entering the slot canyon.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Tara and I stayed behind to shoot a 360° panorama at the base of Kanarra Falls.

Kevin, Anthony, and Arianne went on without us.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

We figured that this was the point where most people turn back. But we kept going obviously. Just upstream of Kanarra Falls is a big boulder you have to climb up, then the canyon opens up.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

We passed several more waterfalls.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

This waterfall was one of our favorites because of the bright yellow fall leaves in the background.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Farther upstream is another section of slot canyon.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Then another waterfall with a ladder.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

While the girls were putting their wetsuits on (the guys had already put theirs on), a youth group caught up to us. They were all wearing shorts, and they were freezing cold.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

This is the only place on the hike where we got wet above the waist because the waterfall pours down right on top of the ladder.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Eventually the canyon opened up again, and the sunlight came with it.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

At this point, there was almost no detectable trail. In a few places, there were some small footpaths, but it didn't look like very many people had come this far.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

At one point along the creek, we found some cool sandstone caves.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Creek Hike

Tips:
Here's where I put in a shameless pitch for my website. 
Check out http://dyeclan.com/outdooractivities/ for canoeing, canyoneering, caving, fun places, hiking, hot springs, and rock climbing in and around Utah!  

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Trip Info
October 22, 2011
Trip Location: Kanarraville, Utah, United States
Length: 2.5 miles
Duration: 2 hours
Activity: Hiking
Trip viewed 18,763 times
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