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Cinder Cone Trail

Cinder Cone Trail

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Distance: 1.9 miles round trip

TRAIL SUMMARY

The Cinder Cone trail is a steep and short hike up to the top of one of the ancient volcanos in Southern Utah. With beautiful views of Snow Canyon and Dammeron Valley the trail has 500 feet of elevation and can be quite slippery. Once at the top you can hike down into the crater and check out a small rock fort and rock wall.

TRAIL DETAILS

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Moderate

ROUND TRIP LENGTH

1.9 miles round trip

AVERAGE HIKE TIME

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Snow Canyon State Park

DISTANCE FROM ST GEORGE

12.4 Miles (16 mins driving)

RESTROOM FACILITIES

No Restroom Available

HIKERS ALLOWED

Yes

DOGS ALLOWED

No

BIKERS ALLOWED

No

EQUESTRIAN ALLOWED

No

HIKE TYPE

Out & Back

BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO HIKE

Spring, Fall, Winter

BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO HIKE

Morning, Afternoon, Evening

GROUP LIMIT

No Limit

PERMIT INFORMATION

No Permit Required

COST

No Cost

WATER SOURCES AVAILABLE

No Water Sources Available

CAMP SITES

No Camping Available on Trail

TRAIL CONDITIONS

Dirt Single Track, Rocky

SUN EXPOSURE

Full Sun Exposure

TRAIL MAP

Download Map

WHAT'S NEARBY

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD

Directions to trailhead. From St George take Bluff Street North 11 miles. You will come to a small parking area on the east side of the road. From here the trail is well marked.

FLORA AND FAUNA

Plants: Typical plant life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.
Animals: Typical animal life for Southern Utah lowland hiking.

TRAIL REPORT

We hiked Cinder Cone Trail on a cloudy and cold day in January. From pictures I have seen online, the trail is a little more picturesque in the warmer month with greenery lining the edges of the cinder cone but it was a great hike to do in the winter and the views from the top were stunning. The trail is gravely and steep. Even with good hiking boots my husband and I were slipping and sliding. Hiking poles would be a great thing to bring to help with your footing and save your knees on the way back down.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Arika Bauer

Arika Bauer is a Southern Utah local, born and raised, and the owner of Zion Adventure Photog, a photography business dedicated to photographing world travelers, outdoor lovers, and adventure junkies in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. She has made it her mission to explore all of the hidden, and not-so-hidden gems of Southern Utah, with her husband and three kids, and shares about different adventures in Southern Utah on her blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.

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