Check out the hidden Gordon Creek Waterfalls

Tom’s experience hiking to the Gordon Creek Waterfalls:

The Gordon Creek Waterfalls are a very popular destination among locals in Price and Helper, Utah. However, few, outside of the locals, know of its existence.
Gordon Creek Waterfall Trailhead

The Gordon Creek Waterfalls are more popular for an ATV or dirt bike adventure but you can also reach them by hiking or using a four wheel drive vehicle. I am glad we didn’t try taking our car because there are a few really difficult parts. Horses are also popular along the trail.

Hiking Gordon Creek Waterfalls

Gordon Creek Waterfalls are located in a flash flood area so be careful if it has recently or will be raining. The trail has a few pine trees along it but they aren’t really tall enough to give you shade so wear sunscreen. You also cross over a stream once. Bring plenty of water, when we were there the water was filthy and I would not want to filter it.

Gordon Creek Waterfall Trail

The lower Gordon Creek Waterfall is located about a mile from the turnoff, which is where we parked our car. You can look over a nice little view point and then hike down to play in the waterfall. Be careful near the creek. The water moves pretty quickly and the rocks surrounding the waterfall are covered in dirt and mud making it very slick. When we went, there were two different groups playing in the falls but the water was so cold I was not interested.

Gordon Creek Waterfall

If you continue to follow the ATV trail for 1.8 miles further you will reach an old abandoned log cabin used by a miner. There is also an upper falls that I didn’t think was as impressive as the lower falls. However, in the valley of the upper waterfall we saw wildlife including: a mother Elk with her two young calves and a few beavers which were neat.

Trail to Gordon Creek Waterfall

The trail is fairly flat for most of the way and roundtrip to both waterfalls and the cabin is 5.6 miles. Dogs are allowed on this trail.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: Drive about 3 miles south of Helper, Utah on highway 191. Turn right onto Consumers Road. Reset your odometer and all directions will be from the turnoff of 191. Drive 2.7 miles and turn left onto a dirt road. At this point there should be some large mining equipment on your right. At 4.3 miles you should be parallel with the railroad which will be on your right. At 5.2 miles you will cross the railroad track and continue down the road to the left parallel to the tracks which will now be on the left. At 6 miles look for the wooden Gordon Creek Trail sign on the right. Park near the sign if you plan on hiking.

GPS:

Gordon Creek Waterfalls Trailhead:    39.621341, -110.953891

Lower Gordon Creek Waterfall:     39.620113,-110.966514

Upper Gordon Creek Waterfall:     39.620023, -110.984187

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Enjoying the day on Canaan Mountain

Tom’s Experience hiking Canaan Mountain:

Canaan Mountain is an interesting mountain to climb. You gain most of your elevation near the beginning of the hike and then the trail is practically level all the way to the summit.

Hiking to Canaan Mountain

The summit is surrounded by steep cliffs on all sides so you must hike up one of the few canyons. You can approach the summit from either Water Canyon or Squirrel Canyon.

Trail to Canaan Mountain

When we climbed to the summit we combined it with the Squirrel Canyon and Water Canyon Loop.

The Slot Canaan Mountain

Once you arrive at the top of the giant mesa there are a lot of interesting rock formations. The trails aren’t very easy to follow so a good map and GPS are necessary.

Canaan Mountain Trail

Once you reach the white domes you will leave the loop trail and start heading towards the summit. This is a long hike and seems to take forever since you are hiking along a mesa, you never feel like you are climbing towards a summit.

Canaan Mountain Rock Formations

Once you reach the summit you return back to the white domes and exit through water canyon. After hiking to the summit, we decided the loop itself was worth doing, but the summit wasn’t worth all the time it took to get there. If you are looking for a neat hike, I would suggest only hiking the loop and not heading off towards the summit. Dogs are allowed on this trail.

Tom’s Rating:

Trail Info: From Hildale, Utah, turn north onto Utah Drive and reset your odometer. Follow this road 1.8 miles until you reach a stop sign. Continue straight through the intersection. At 2.8 miles there will be two dirt roads on the right. Take the second dirt road called Water Canyon Road. The road will be come very sandy so 4 wheel drive is recommended. At 3.5 you come to an intersection  but continue left on the main road. A short distance further there is another intersection, stay right this time. After that just a little further and you will arrive at another intersection, take a right and the parking lot is right there next to an old fence.

GPS:

Lower Parking Lot:     37.026332,-112.952918

Squirrel Canyon Entrance:     37.040688,-112.940891

White Domes:     37.062793,-112.983897

Canaan Mountain Summit:     37.082481,-113.010477

Water Canyon Exit:     37.037905,-112.954967

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