One of the more unique views in all of Utah is found by hiking up and onto South Caineville Mesa. This is a good and somewhat strenuous hike, but the views? Oh so worth it. As the mountains have eroded falling debris has cut ravines that fan out dramatically at the base. (View this print-able itinerary for South Caineville Mesa)
You may have seen alluvial fans before, but not quite like these. You’ll think you’ve landed on the surface of the moon.
To reach the hiking trailhead, pass through a gate and park about 100 yards above the wash. The trail is 2.8 miles long, starting at 4,543 feet. Be sure to check weather conditions before heading out on South Caineville Mesa trail–the steep incline requires a clear, dry forecast for this strenuous hike.
There is a 7-foot wash to the southwest that may flood; otherwise try the alternative route to the southeast. Cross the Fremont River and head southeast to the open valley. Follow the trail along the ridge lines at the base of the mesa, then ascend nearly 1,000 feet to the top.
The views from the top are simply breathtaking, with Boulder Mountain to the west, and Thousand Lakes Mountain, Factory Butte, and the Henry Mountains rising to the south. Be sure to sign your name at the registration box near the rim.
South Caineville Mesa is located about 1.5 miles east of the Rodeway Inn in Caineville, Utah. (View this print-able itinerary for South Caineville Mesa)