On our first day in Utah during our Summer 2012 trip, we spent the afternoon hiking through Kanarra Creek.  Kanarra Creek is located in the small town of Kanarraville, Utah.  The creek provides the water which is used by the town, which makes it a very precious resource.  But along with this, the creek also contains some spectacular natural features, including two beautiful sets of towering narrows in an enclosed canyon setting.  This makes Kanarra Creek a popular spot for hiking for both locals and others who are able to find out about it.  After driving up a small hill in town, parking in the paved parking lot, and paying the parking fee, our group set out for the hike on a very hot day.  We began by hiking up a hill which had great views of Kanarraville.  We then passed by the water tanks which held the town's water and passed through a gate which was marked as Private Property.  The trail next descended down to the creek and we crossed the creek for the first time.  A short distance later, we encountered the first rattlesnake of the day.  There would be others.  Apparently this area has a high concentration of rattlesnakes, so caution is definitely in order when hiking through here.  For a while we followed trails cutting through the brush on both sides of the creek.  Eventually, we began hiking directly through the water.  The hike through Kanarra Creek was becoming very reminiscent of our hike through Zion's Subway the previous year.  But the best was yet to come.  Finally, we reached the beginning of the 1st narrows.  The high walls of Kanarra Canyon came together abruptly, forming a tight entrance slot.  Our group continued splashing through the water, entering the dark corridor.  Just a short time later, we arrived at the first obstacle in the canyon-- a waterfall with a bypass on the right side.  The bypass was a huge log with ladder steps built into it.  Daria and Renee stopped here, but Mel, Tiffany, and I continued on.  We made it safely to the top, climbed up another small waterfall, and soon exited the 1st narrows.  We then passed by the waterslide area where people like to slide down a smooth rock into a pool of water below.  Beyond, we entered the 2nd narrows, which also had an obstacle.  There was another waterfall with two bypass logs set up which had handholds to help you keep your balance.  After reaching the top, we exited the 2nd narrows and hiked a short distance farther before turning around.  All in our group were extremely impressed with Kanarra Creek and really enjoyed the hike.  The best way I can describe Kanarra Creek is to say that it is like a miniature Zion Narrows.
Hiking up the hill and looking back down at the parking lot and many parked cars on this hot summer day:
This gate which was currently open notes that Kanarra Creek is located on private property:
Off in the distance we could see how Kanarra Creek forms a canyon between the hillsides:
The first creek crossing happens quite soon after the hike begins:
The Kanarra Creek trail hikes through the Hurricane Cliffs of Kanarra Mountain just north of Zion National Park's Kolob section:
The first of a few rattlesnakes that we saw during the hike:
The path winding above the river.  At this point, it is already best to be down below hiking through the water:
Renee, Tiffany, and Mel hiking along the trail above the creek:
An abundance of trees and clouds kept the temperature down to a tolerable level:
A majestic peak rising above the area we hiked through:
At this point, it was no longer practical to avoid the water, so we dropped into the creek:
Renee and Tiffany slowing adjusting to hiking through water:
For the rest of the way, the trail would alternate between both sides of the creek and hiking directly in the creek:
Pretty colored rock rising out of the forest:
Passing through a constriction in the canyon in the next two pictures:
Smooth polished rock rising high above the creek bed:
The creek passes through some small cascades and waterfalls:
Here the trail passes in between the canyon wall and forest:
At times, we would have to carefully climb up the rock:
Very narrow trail cutting directly through the midst of the forest:
Once again walking directly in the creek in the next two pictures:
A massive block of rock that looks like it is ready to tumble down into the creek:
Here we have reached the beginning of the 1st narrows of Kanarra Creek:
The narrows start out abruptly with high towering walls that come together to change the canyon dramatically:
The early part of the narrows remains family friendly with no obstacles, so Daria and Renee can be seen hiking through here:
The colors of the canyon were bright and outstanding even in the late afternoon sun:
Looking back out the entrance to the 1st narrows:
A picture of Steve standing in the afternoon sun near the entrance to the 1st narrows:
Daria standing in the 1st narrows, doing this hike at 7 months pregnant:
Looking up at the extreme height of the 1st narrows:
A beautiful glow on the wall back towards the canyon entrance:
Notice the creek flowing directly through the narrows.  It's impossible to see this area without getting wet:
Daria taking in the fantastic scenery of Kanarra Canyon:
Water flow during our visit was only about ankle deep for most of the hike:
High above us we could see out into the open sky:
We soon reached the twin cascades of the 1st waterfall, which is the first major obstacle:
The 1st waterfall can be bypassed on the right side.  Tiffany is seen here climbing up the log with wooden steps built into it:
One final picture of the first obstacle in Kanarra Creek.  You can see the rope on the right wall which helps with balance on the slippery log.  At this point, I didn't allow Daria to continue any farther to keep our baby safe:
Just above the 1st waterfall is another minor waterfall.  This can be easily bypassed on the right:
More dramatic scenery in the next two pictures showing the red and black coloring on the walls:
Above here the canyon opens up marginally, providing a change in scenery:
A small cave off to the side surrounded by uniquely shaped rocks:
Look at this towering rock formation standing next to the creek:
This is the water slide area.  There are many videos online of people sliding down the chute to the far left into the pool of water at the bottom:
Just beyond the water slide area, we are now headed into the 2nd narrows of Kanarra Creek:
A very narrow passage carves its way through the rock walls:
The rushing creek was flowing between the walls:
Tiffany grips both sides of the canyon for balance as she wades up the creek:
The 2nd narrows were just as incredible as the 1st and worth the extra effort to hike to:
Steve in the midst of the 2nd narrows:
Earlier in the hike, we had lost Mel in the maze of criss-crossing trails by the creek.  But here he has caught up to us:
Three more pictures as we approached the second major obstacle in the canyon:
The next two pictures show the 2nd waterfall of Kanarra Creek.  This obstacle is slightly more difficult to bypass than the earlier waterfall:
Even just making it this far is a worthy goal for a day hike because the walls are so pretty:
If you look next to Steve in this picture, you can see the twin smaller logs which are used by hikers to bypass this obstacle.  They are slippery and very wet even in times of low water flow:
Looking back down from the top.  As you can see, climbing up this involved getting soaked:
Beyond the 2nd waterfall, the beautiful scenery continued:
A lush green tree growing out of the creek providing a color contrast with the red walls:
A dark narrow passage with the creek flowing straight down the middle:
Rounding another bend up ahead as we neared the end of the 2nd narrows:
The next two pictures were taken at this spot with my iPhone, which brought out more of the canyon wall colors:
Even more trees growing in the creek now as the canyon began opening up:
A narrow constriction marked the end to the 2nd narrows:
We continued up canyon a little bit farther to see what was there.  Just more nice scenery:
This is close to the spot where we turned around for the day and headed back down canyon:
The next three pictures were taken on the way back down with my iPhone.  See if you can spot Tiffany in one of the pictures:
Mel took this picture on the way back down in the 1st narrows with his cell phone camera.  It really captured the colors nicely:
Just outside of the 1st narrows, Steve, Renee, Daria, and Tiffany rest on the creek bank before returning to the car:
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