Distance: 11.5 miles/18.5 km one way
Elevation Gain: 1,076ft/328m - Expect a few hundred feet of additional elevation changes due to terrain.
North Trailhead in Hidden Canyon: 3,688 feet/1,124 meters
South Trailhead: 4,764 feet/1,452 meters
Due to the confusing network of roads in this area, it is critical to have a copy of the 2016 BLM Arizona Strip Visitor Map with you. The map is available for sale at the Public Lands Information Center at 345 E. Riverside Drive in St. George. You can also download this map via the Avenza app before heading out into the monument. The map is a free download and can track your location via the phone's GPS receiver (no cell signal needed) so you know exactly where you are.
If you plan to use two vehicles and stage one at each trailhead, for an easier one-way hike through the Grand Wash Cliffs Wilderness, the southern trailhead is 1,000 feet higher in elevation than the northern trailhead. If you are hiking north, you also won't be looking into the sun.
The northern trailhead in Hidden Canyon is on BLM1003. Drive to this trailhead from the north via the steps below.
It may look shorter to take BLM1007 south into the Grand Wash then east on BLM1003 but the westernmost 2 miles of BLM1003 is for extreme 4x4s only, not stock 4x4 pickups or SUVs. From Jump Canyon/BLM1033 east to County Road 103 the BLM1003 is passable but can be very rough for most stock high clearance 4x4s. Expect washouts after a summer storm that make all of BLM1003 impassible.
If you plan to start your hike from the southern trailhead near the Grand Gulch Mine below Hudson Point, follow the directions as follows:
Last updated: June 8, 2021