|Slide past first two falls.|
From south I-15, take exit 51 past Cedar City and travel 4.9 miles south to Kanarraville. Turn left at 100 North and follow to parking lot.
Pay the required $10.00 fee to park at the self pay post. The lot contains porta potties and fresh water to fill up bottles or water bladders.
The second waterfall creates a bigger challenge to get up. Luckily, I had a gracious man let me use his arm to pull myself up. It works best to go up the smaller fall on the right and not attempt the one on the left.
The canyon widens at a point known as the slide. The higher water level kept the crowd from sliding down the mossy slide but on later in the season, it’s not uncommon for children and adults to slide down into the pool below. This area also makes a nice stop for snacks or lunch. Also make sure to drink plenty of water. Most hikers turn around at this point but we hiked about another half mile through a narrow slot canyon.
The water gets deeper in this area and a bit swifter. I don’t recommend taking younger children up this but those over twelve would probably do okay. I slipped off a boulder and fell, drenching myself. I was grateful I wore lightweight clothing that dries quickly. At the end of the slot canyonsits another waterfall with a ladder for safer passage. At the top, the area opens up but we turned around at this point. We were well over two miles into the hike when we turned around. Most trail informational guides set the hike at 3.5 miles round trip making the slides the turn around point.
A few things worth mentioning. A recent article by Bree Burkitt in the Spectrum notes that the popularity of the hike puts the town’s drinking water at risk as the water comes from a spring near the falls. The article mentions that dogs are not allowed on the trail. I did not see signs stating that rule and would encourage the town to post a NO DOGS ALLOWED sign. I saw several hikers with their beloved pets. Please do not allow children and pets to urinate in the water. The townspeople have a right to be concerned about their water supply and those not respecting the area will cause restrictions much like the lotteries and permits in required Zion Narrows and other National Parks.