South Caineville Mesa - Hiking - Capitol Reef

South Caineville Mesa – Hiking

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Early morning light and a moon overhead make South Caineville Mesa come alive.

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)
South Caineville Mesa Hiking Trail

Jack Peterson, a local hiking enthusiast, walks up the spine of a formation.

You may have seen alluvial fans before, but not quite like these. You’ll think you’ve landed on the surface of the moon.
Utah Rock Formations

Rock formations along the South Caineville Mesa hiking trail.

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.

A view from South Caineville Mesa to the mesa to the north.

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.

Jack Peterson looks across the valley between the mesas.

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.

Another view of the remarkable landscape between the mesa.

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)

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