Spring Creek is the lesser known of the Kanarraville hikes. The trailhead is not located in Kanarraville like the start of Kanarra Creek. This hike starts about a mile south of town. Going south, bear left off Old Highway 91 at Spring Creek Road, posted just at the Kanarraville city limits. After about 1/2 mile, the road leads to a turnaround/parking area on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. Unlike Kanarra Creek, this hike is free. Park at the turnaround and start the hike following the road up the hill.
The hike follows Spring Creek up the canyon to the narrows. Make your way along the trail which you can see leading to a red gap in the mountain. This is the start of the narrows and the point you are making for. It is also the source of the spring. You will see early on that the spring stops soon after entering the narrows. The trailhead is about 5,600 feet in elevation, with an altitude gain of about 500 feet, but so gradual it is hardly noticed. The distance from the trailhead to the start of the narrows is approximately one and a half miles. Once in the narrows you follow the creek bed up the canyon which is rocky and lush with local plants and towering Navajo sandstone cliffs reminiscent of Zion, Kolob Canyon and Kanarra Canyon.
The canyon forks – go right as the left fork peters out and gets very scratchy. You can make this hike as long or short as you like, but to fully explore the narrows, plan on at least four hours. The narrows are not so close and claustrophobic as some, but are cool and lovely and just the thing for a warm day. The creek bed is rocky and sandy at the same time, and the spring at this point has long since dried up, so unless there has been a rain the rest of the hike is dry.
There are rattlesnakes in the canyon and mountain lions during parts of the year. In high summer and autumn, beware of the snakes and place your feet carefully. The right gear on your feet also helps. In the fall, winter and spring, be on the lookout for mountain lions. Be careful of flash floods at any time. The hike is wonderful in winter unless there is too much snow or it’s too cold.
Bring water and snacks. There are no services in Kanarraville, so stock up in nearby Cedar City. Kanarraville is 30 minutes north of St. George and 15 minutes south of Cedar City.
At a glance:
|Rating||Mild to moderate hike|
|Preferred Season||Spring, Summer, Fall|
|Length||About 3 miles (5 km)|
|Time Committment||2 to 4 hours|
|Altitude Gain||500 feet (152 m)|
|Shade||Most of the hike is in the open|
|Access||Starts and ends about a mile south of Kanarraville|
|Essentials||Hiking shoes or boots can be helpful. Food and water for a day hike.|
|Drinking Water||Water is scarce, so bring your own.|
|Spring||Expect some water flowing during spring runoff, when crossings may be wet. Neoprene socks are nice if getting feet wet.|
|Summer||HOT! Leave early to avoid the heat and be aware the hike out is in full sun. The first mile from the trailhead is especially exposed, with very little shade.|
|Fall||The BEST time to hike this route, with great fall photography along the creek bed|
|Winter||Possible snowpack and ice along the creek. Use caution and check current conditions.|