Water Canyon is at this point a very popular hike down in the Hilldale/Colorado City area on the Utah/Arizona border. More experienced hikers can continue up to the famous White Domes on top of Canaan Mountain. Those are strenuous hikes that involve climbing all the way out of Water Canyon and back down, but there’s a loop that can be done from the next canyon over, Squirrel Canyon.
Squirrel Canyon is accessed via a steep, deep sandy OHV trail about a mile south of the Water Canyon parking lot. From there it’s a two mile slog through the sand to the end of the road. I was surprised how fast the ascent happens after that. It seemed like i was out of Squirrel Canyon in less than half an hour and considering my options for the day with extra time once i was up in the Canaan Wilderness. I decided to try an alternate climb, leaving the normal traverse to Water Canyon and climbing over the top of a huge sandstone dome. This decision really paid off and left me to walk for miles across spectacular wide open slickrock with unusual views of Zion National Park. I think it ended up being about 12 miles, mostly off trail. Enjoy the pictures!
There are some nice pristine textures up there.
A weeping wall. The trees on the right are beginning to struggle due to people climbing around them.