Johns Canyon Waterfall via Johns Canyon Road

based on 39 tracks & routes #60 hike out of 172 in
16.8 mi
9 hrs 39 min
1,083 ft
Elev Gain


This is a difficult one way trail in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

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Buchaner 10 years, 12 months ago
Johns Canyon
Trail Length: 16.8 miles Low-End Rating: 3 High-End Rating: 7 Note that mileage and elevation information only includes the trail up to the Rock Slide. Johns Canyon is a canyon just off of The Goosenecks, the southeast section of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. You can't see the river most of the time, but the scenery is still fantastic. The trail starts just off of the pavement and the initial section is flat and easy through sand and loose dirt. You work your way to and around Cedar Point, the tip of Cedar Mesa. This gets you closer to the river but not close enough to see it. This is also where the shelf road is. It is primarily dirt, so it should not be attempted when it is wet or snowy. The trail hugs the mesa as it works its way around Muley Point. There is a gate in the middle of this section that must be left closed after you pass through it. After Muley Point, the trail is fairly easy again and you are a good distance away from the river. The trail works its way around another tip of the mesa and then you are in Johns Canyon. The trail continues to be fairly mellow. Look across the canyon to the other side to see a deep cut in the rock wall all the way to the top of the mesa across the way. This is where the Rock Slide obstacle is, where most people turn around. You can barely see the trail on the other side. It is difficult to miss the waterfall, even in the autumn when water levels are low. There is plenty of room to park and explore. This is a popular place to camp, as well. Many people turn around here to head back to the trailhead. If you continue across the water to the other side, the trail is a bit rougher and less maintained. There are two "Y" intersections just after the waterfall where you turn left at both of them. This takes you around in a semi-circle until you can see the trail you did earlier on the other side. Pay close attention as you approach the Rock Slide. You can see the cut in the rock at the top of the mesa. Lower, on the trail, the old rocks crashed down. The fact that the trail is not maintained coupled with the massive erosion that has happened has made this section of trail difficult and very dangrous. If you find yourself traveling downhill on loose rocks and big cracks in the dirt from erosion, stop where you are. Get out of your vehicle and walk a bit farther to the Rock Slide. Walk a bit past the Rock Slide, too, to make sure that the other side is doable. We didn't do the Rock Slide or anything past it when we were there last. It seemed too dangerous, and we would have to do it again on the way back. Do this section at your own risk.
Jack Dickens 3 years, 6 months ago
boyfester 4 years, 1 month ago