Hike along the Virgin River, then up an amazing canyon past towering cliffs, and finally ascend to the Virgin Mtn ridge line to obtain the peak of Mt Bangs (the highest point of the Virgins in Arizona).
Toward the beginning of the hike, you must ford the Virgin River. This is dangerous, if not impossible, during spring snowmelt. Be careful!
From the Virgin River Canyon NRA, ford the Virgin River. When fording, stick to the marked crossing, which is really the easiest spot to cross. The trail then winds around next to the river, occasionally climbing up and over the surrounding cliffs, as required by the topography. The sound of the water thankfully hides the sound of traffic on the highway. Clearly, the trail sees little use, but there are plenty of signs and cairns to lead the way. After approximately 2 miles, the trail drops into Sullivan's Canyon. This is a very active canyon, so after dropping in there is no trail, instead, you simply pick your way up the wash bottom. Sullivan's Canyon winds through a variety of geologic formations, mainly volcanic and sandstone. The wash is rocky, but most are the small, smooth ankle-turning variety - no climbing up and around boulders here. There are also plenty of desert willows to provide shade as needed. After 10+ miles in the canyon, start looking for a long-abandoned jeep road headed up to the ridgeline. This takes you almost all the way to Mt Bangs, a fairly straight-forward off-trail scramble from the road.
The Virgin River is your main water source. As you get further from the river, there are several springs on your way to Mt Bangs, although most require you to hike out of your way.
There is a developed campground right at the trailhead with flush toilets.
2020-07-09 dwwheeler: The campground at the trailhead is closed. Has been for over a year. No idea when it will re-open.
Once away from the highway, you can camp backpacking-style pretty much anywhere. No permit required.
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This is a difficult hike. It would be insane to attempt this entire hike without prior experience hiking.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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