Hiking Cascade Falls- Duck Creek, Utah
Looking for epic views and a unique waterfall without embarking on a lengthy trek? Cascade Falls Trail is your dream hike! At only 1.2 miles round trip- out and back, and less than 150 feet of elevation gain, this hike delivers stunning views overlooking the southern edge of the Markagunt Plateau and Zion National Park.
At the farthest point out from the trailhead, you'll be treated to Cascade Falls, a rare type of waterfall that starts in Navajo Lake, drains through a lava tube, flows straight out of a cave on the side of a mountain, and cascades down steep cliffs filling the North Fork of the Virgin River.
Cascade Falls is a fairly straightforward hike perfect for families, but it's always best to take a look at a map of the trail before you start hiking.
LOCATION OF CASCADE FALLS
Cascade Falls is located on Cedar Mountain near the small mountain town of Duck Creek, Utah. The trailhead is a 45-minute drive from Cedar City, a 70-minute drive from Bryce Canyon National Park, an 85-minute drive from Hurricane, and a 95-minute drive from Springdale. CLICK HERE FOR DRIVING DIRECTIONS
HIKE DIFFICULTY FOR CASCADE FALLS IN DUCK CREEK
Cascade Falls is an easy, well-maintained trail with less than 150 feet of elevation gain. The gravel path is lined with stairs and benches on which to rest as the elevation goes up and down.
This is a family-friendly hike, but keep your little ones close. The gravel can be slippery, and there are some steep drop-offs. As with any hike, it's a good idea to wear appropriate footwear, carry enough water, and be aware of weather conditions.
Cascade Falls Trail is a 1.2 mile round trip- out and back hike. Average hike time is 30 minutes.
BEST TIME TO HIKE CASCADE FALLS IN DUCK CREEK
Cascade Falls is best hiked from late May through October. Due to the increased water flow from spring snowmelt, visiting in early summer will give you the best chance to see the waterfall flowing at its peak. In drier years, the water may stop flowing by the fall. The trail is inaccessible in the winter months through early May due to snow.
TRAIL DETAILS FOR CASCADE FALLS
You will start your hike at the Cascade Falls Trailhead. Be sure to check the trailhead for any posted notices or updated information.
The trail begins by meandering through the lush pine forests of Dixie National Forest. The path is generally well-maintained but may have some areas with uneven footing.
Take in the sights and sounds of the forest as you hike. With stunning views overlooking the southern edge of the Markagunt Plateau and Zion National Park, you will come across interesting flora and fauna along the way.
This is a favorite hike for bird watchers- lucky birders may even spot the Lewis's Woodpecker or a Pygmy Nuthatch.
As you continue along the trail, you'll hear the sound of rushing water. This is a sign that you're getting closer to the bread and butter of this quick hike- Cascade Falls. Be prepared for some elevation change as you approach the falls. Wooden stairs along the path will make this easier.
Eventually, you'll arrive at Cascade Falls. The waterfall is a multi-tiered beauty fed by Navajo Lake, with water cascading over rocky cliffs. The sight and sound of the falls are quite impressive, especially in the spring when the snowmelt increases the flow.
When you're ready to head back, retrace your steps along the same trail to return to the trailhead.
Always be respectful of the land. Leave no trace and pack in + out anything you bring with you. Leave nothing behind.
GOOD TO KNOW
Pit toilets are available at the large parking area.
Cascade Falls is at a higher elevation than much of Southern Utah, bringing slightly cooler temperatures. Even so, hikers should still be prepared with plenty of water and sunscreen.
Dogs are permitted on the trail and may be off-leash in some areas.
The trailhead is located within Dixie National Forest. There are no entrance fees.
List Of Things To Bring With You When Hiking Cascade Falls
HIKING SHOES OR HIKING SANDALS - Hiking shoes or hiking sandals are an excellent option for this hike. Click here for my favorite hiking sandals on the planet..... I'm a Teva's girl!
HIKING CLOTHES - Wear comfortable, light and breathable clothes if visiting in the summer. If visiting in the spring/fall, bring a light jacket. Chances are it will warm up mid-day.
SUNSCREEN - Always take sunscreen with you wherever you go in the desert
HAT & SUNGLASSES - The sun is intense. Having a hat and sunglasses is a must.
SNACKS AND LOTS OF WATER - Always hike with snacks and plenty of water
HIKING DAY PACK - You will want a small backpack to carry snacks, water, camera & phone.
Best Places To Stay When Visiting Southern Utah
I recommend staying a few days in the Hurricane Valley to explore all the different sections of Zion. There is so much to see and do.
The Hurricane Valley is located 30 minutes from the west entrance of Zion National Park, 2 hours from Bryce Canyon, 2 hours from the north entrance of the Grand Canyon, and 1 hour from the Cascade Falls trail..
SPEND THE DAY IN DUCK CREEK, UT
You've spent some time hiking and now want to unwind? Duck Creek is a thriving mountain town located within Dixie National Forest, featuring restaurants and shops perfect for a quick getaway. Duck Creek Village sits at an elevation of approximately 8,400 feet, making it a popular destination for a break from the summer heat found in most of Southern Utah. For an afternoon adventure after your hike, seek out Duck Creek's many guides for fishing, horseback riding, ATV riding, and mountain biking.
My parents built a beautiful cabin in Duck Creek that we love. Lucky you, they also rent it out. Check in out on AirBnb here.
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Cascade Falls trail is one of those magical Southern Utah hikes with big views, a stunning waterfall and a short hike. What more could you ask for! I hope you get a chance to enjoy this trail on your next adventure to Southern Utah.