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Squirrel Creek to Eye of Heaven Arch

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Hike up a beautiful rugged canyon to a large sandstone peak and then out along a mesa to the amazing Eye of Heaven Arch.


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5.0

Miles

8.1

KM

Point to Point

6,776' 2,065 m

High

5,126' 1,562 m

Low

1,689' 515 m

Up

143' 44 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

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Features Birding · Geological Significance · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

Park at the Squirrel Canyon Trailhead. North of Hildale, UT

Description

The first 2 ½ miles are on a ATV trail used by ATVs, hikers and horses. You are initially on Short Creek and then a left at the base of The Beehive in to Squirrel Creek. The ATV trail continues for a portion and then the trail narrows to foot and horse traffic only.

When you reach the top of the ridge , T intersection, you hit a ATV trail again. Turn left (west) and follow the ATV trail up across the slickrock to the saddle. Turn left (South) and follow the ATV Trail to the Arch.

There is a lot of soft sand on this hike.

Flora & Fauna

Plants vary, as fir, ponderosa pine, and aspen prefer the snowy high country winters, while pinon, cliffrose, and mesquite flourish in the desert heat. Likewise, animal life is diverse.

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Shared By:

Stewart Carnes

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View from the mesa looking down into the Canyon.
Dec 17, 2021 near Hildale, UT
View from the trail.
Dec 17, 2021 near Hildale, UT
View from the trail.
Dec 19, 2021 near Hildale, UT
View from the top of the arch.
Dec 17, 2021 near Hildale, UT
View of the Arch.
Dec 17, 2021 near Hildale, UT
View up Squirrel Creek / Canyon.
Dec 17, 2021 near Hildale, UT

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