Summary: If you've never hiked the Markagunt Plateau before, you're in for a real treat !! Many people only travel along hwy. 14 enroute to Brianhead, Cedar Breaks, Bryce, Zion, or one of the wonderful fishing lakes (Panquitch, Navajo, etc.); yet, this area on Cedar Mountain is a wonderful destination. There is camping nearby at Navajo Lake, along with cabin rentals & a small store -- same with Duck Creek village (also has gasoline). Neither words nor the pictures I've attached can fully describe the majesty and grandeur of the views along this trail. Whether the golds & reds of autumn fill the canyon, or the greens in spring & summer; the brilliantly colored vermillion slopes of the Pink Cliffs are incredible. The bright reds and distinctive shapes of Zion Natl Park & canyons frame your view and inspire the soul. This trail is very well maintained (bridges & wooden steps), and has several benches & a viewing platform, to rest and enjoy the view.
Trailhead: The trailhead is located 28 miles E of Cedar City, Utah; just past Navajo Lake (TH: Lat 37.49725 Lon 112.75173 elev. 9017). Follow the directions from Las Vegas to Cedar City (3 hour drive), which I've described in detail for the Bristlecone Pine trail (Dixie NF) at this website. Continue on Hwy. 14 past the turnoff to Brianhead and Cedar Breaks Natl Park (hwy. 143) as if you were going to Navajo Lake or Duck Creek. Turn off hwy. 14 at the sign for Navajo Lake and drive on the gravel road just past the trash dumpsters. Look for the turn (signed) and take this dirt Forest Service road towards Duck Creek. Stay on this dirt road until you see the sharp R turn (and sign) for FS #054 to Cascade Falls. Follow this road to the end, where you will find parking, RR bldg. & TH for Cascade Falls. Be sure and set your parking brake -- you're right at the edge of the Pink Cliffs and it's a long way down! This is also an access point for the Virgin River Rim Trail. (Lat:37.49725 Lon:-112.75173)
Trail Guides for Cascade Falls (Dixie NF):
free trail info Dixie Natl Forest
by USFS Cedar City Ranger District (1789 Wedgewood Lane in Cedar City UT 84720)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: USFS Dixie NF: 1789 Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City, UT 84720 (435) 865-3200 or 3700
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kat Green, who has posted 86 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by AMG on 11/6/2010
Cascade Fall is a stream coming out of a cave as a nice waterfall. But do NOT try to climb and enter into the cave itself. During some times of the year, there is a severe oxygen depletion in the cave itself, the visitor may faint- or worse! -(from a geologist who studied the cave!).
Reviewed by neil on 8/23/2008
Would be nice if you put mileage from R turn to the falls and Duck Creek. We traveled the dirt road but turned around, never saw the falls. We would have liked to go to both places but gave up because it was getting late and had no idea as to how far to travel on the dirt roads. Navajo lake and surrounding area was beautiful.
Reviewed by Mark on 3/30/2007
Great view from the overlook. Makes a great view at night; try to plan for a half-moon. The stars are still easy to see but the moon lights everything up just enough to see your way around.
Reviewed by Karen on 1/31/2006
Nice trail, but very hard to get a picture of the waterfall. Many other trails take off from trailhead also.
Reviewed by CJR on 7/7/2004
Great view of the wilderness headwaters of the Virgin River.
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