Rattlesnake Gulch to Toquerville Falls

Total Miles
6.5

Elevation

1129.1 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

6

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

A very challenging 6.4-mile trail that goes through the canyon, along Laverkin Creek, to the Toquerville Falls Trail, which takes you on to the Falls above Toquerville/Hurricane, UT. You cross the creek a minimum of 40 times, and there are places where you drive up through the creek. After a heavy rain, or in the springtime, these water crossings will be deep and fast. (Trail Rating of 7 would fit then.) There are big rocks, areas of erosion, and mud at some of the crossings. There is one roughly 6-foot vertical wall that you go down on your way up to the Falls, and you have to climb it on your way out. Our group had two YXZs, one Razor, and one CanAm. We had tires ranging from 30 to 35" and we all made it back up the wall. The 35" tires had the easiest time in the canyon. The others put their skid plates to the test in places. We labeled it a "dirt" adventure, but along the creek, it's mostly a "rock" and "water" adventure. The Falls is a favorite tourist spot, and it is accessible from a road, so it can get a bit crowded at the top, but only the truly adventurous will go through this canyon. The trail at the bottom is mostly dirt; at the top, it's mostly rocks. There is a little off-camber, but nothing too drastic. In most places, there is room to get over and let an oncoming vehicle pass. Photo opportunities abound all along the creek. If you bring your suit, you can swim in the creek right below the Falls or further down the canyon. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the Falls.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Technical Rating

6

Access Description

From State Street in Hurricane, go towards Virgin, UT, on East 500 North (Highway 9), to the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail. You can stage near the Valley Gun Club where Hwy 9 intersects with Rattlesnake Gulch. Follow this track to the Toquerville Falls Trail, and then go right, up that trail to the Falls.