Kane Creek Canyon

5/5 (12 reviews)
Moab, Utah (Grand County)
Last Updated: 09/02/2021
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Moab, Utah is one of the premier off-road and four-wheel drive destinations. Comprised of some of the most well-known trails in all of the United States, it has trail types that suit all drivers' wheeling desires. Some would call it an "off-roader's paradise". Amongst these trails, Kane Creek is one of the more popular "hard" trails in the entire area. Comprised of over 40 creek crossings, soft sand, loose rock, large ledges, steep waterfalls, deep mud, and loose dirt, this trail offers drivers everything they are looking for and more. Not only do you get intense wheeling, you can also take in the inspiring creek crossings, gentle-flowing water slides, waterfalls, and sheer cliffs that seem to go on forever.

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Trail Reviews

5/5 (12 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun exploration today. Today was all about chasing petroglyphs and pictographs. A couple of them were bucket list items for me, most specifically the pictograph of head of Sinbad. Big thanks goes out to Mike North for initially introducing me to the San Rafael swell. What an amazing place. Let me see if I can remember all of the dirt roads and trails we were on today. Buckhorn draw, unnamed road to connect to Kane Wash, Oil Flat road, Dugway, Local motive point, Eagle Canyon. In addition to the incredible pictographs, we also explored the 1921 cabin, the Swayze cabin. Including the cave behind the cabin that he used as his refrigerator/icebox.
Trail Review: Kane Creek Canyon - Wade Norton
Trail Review: Kane Creek Canyon - Wade Norton
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This trail has a little of everything. So much fun and so scenic. There are river crossings and plenty of technical rock ledges. The trail has gotten harder over the years with all the washouts and tires digging up at the face of the ledges. You will definitely almost need a winch if you want to make it and over hamburger hill. Luckily, there is a winch point there. One of my all-time favorites.
Trail Review: Kane Creek Canyon - Justin Gentile
Trail Review: Kane Creek Canyon - Justin Gentile
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Josh Noesser
Official Crew
90800
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/02/2021

Trail has been repaired (to an extent)
Trail Review: Kane Creek Canyon - Josh Noesser
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
90800
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/31/2021

A washout happened on the shelf road, the trail is open but full-sized vehicles might not be able to do the trail. It is advised that full-sized vehicles to not attempt this trail.
Trail Review: Kane Creek Canyon - Josh Noesser
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/15/2021

We did Kane Creek to try to keep cool in 110 degree temps in June. Needless to say there was very little to no water until the very end sections. There is a pretty tight squeeze section that takes you off camber and high on the driver to get around a massive rock on the passenger side. Longer wheelbases can have issues. The Hamburger Hill section was no joke. Our first rig got stuck on the waterfall climb and had to be wrenched over. I went around but that puts you DIRECTLY on a cliff that goes straight down. The next time I would just try the waterfall ledge and get pulled over if needed. I did not enjoy how close to the edge the narrow bypass was. The waterfall ledge does have a wench point if needed. Over all the trail was fun and long about 6-7 hours. Cooler weather and more water would of made it better
Trail Review: Kane Creek Canyon - Tony Gualtieri
Trail Review: Kane Creek Canyon - Tony Gualtieri
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