Tom’s Experience hiking the Scout Cave Trail:
The Scout Cave trail is a 2.5 mile round trip, out-and-back hike, that starts from the same parking lot and trail head as Johnson Canyon Trail; it follows the same path for a little ways and then takes off to the right at a marked fork in the trail. This trail can be accessed many different ways but it was nice to do at the same time as Johnson Canyon.
The Scout Cave trail head is located just south of the south entrance for Snow Canyon but since the parking lot is before the fee station you do not need to pay any fees to hike this trail. This hike is open year round but it can be very hot if attempted during the summer months.
The trail follows the top of a river gorge before dropping down into the gorge. Once in the gorge, the trail passes pretty close to some new developments of houses.
There are a few places where you need to cross the stream but there are rocks so we didn’t need to get wet. I do not think the stream is flowing all year long either. It is a dry river bed in the summer months.
The trail ends at a big Scout Cave that has great views of Ivins, Santa Clara and more.
Dogs are allowed on this trail.
Trail Info: Head towards the south entrance gate of Snow Canyon near St. George; the parking lot for Scout Cave is on the west side of the road and will be marked with a sign just before you enter Snow Canyon. Trail is 2.5 miles with almost no elevation change except for a small steep section as you drop into the gorge.
Scout Cave Trailhead: 37.178159, -113.645362
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