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Oct 29 2021
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Mossy CaveSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2021
mt98dewTriplogs 1,875
Hiking1.12 Miles 25 AEG
Hiking1.12 Miles   1 Hour      1.12 mph
25 ft AEG
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Another short hike for us. After Kodachrome the wife wasn’t anxious for much but she/(we) had really wanted to do this trail. So we gave it a try.

The TH is well signed from both directions. Parking is just off the 12, with enough room for about 15 cars. There is a bathroom at the TH, but no drinking fountain. Trail is easy to follow as it heads up a canyon. The trail tops a small rise and then crosses a very solidly built bridge. It made me wonder what the potential for the water flow might be. Today, we could have walked up the wash without getting our feet wet. Water was flowing (very clear), but it was only using a very small portion of the channel. The trail quickly brought us to the second bridge. From here we could see the waterfall. Pretty neat, but I imagine during the right season it could be very special. The trail did a short climb before splitting. We opted to head up to the mossy cave first, since there was less traffic. Decent incline, but very short. The cave is fenced off. Still close enough where we were just under the lip of it and able to see and hear the steady drip of moisture from the ceiling. There is an info and picture board that shows a winter version of the cave that looked pretty neat. Wife and I then followed the other split of the trail to get a closer view of the waterfall. We walked around a little bit in this area. It is a fairly confined, high traffic area with quite a few user paths. There were also quite a few restricted areas….both for safety reasons and to preserve the land.

We returned the way we came. No wildlife. Encountered quite a few other hikers. Not annoyingly so, but there is not a lot of places for the “users” to go. Very much a tourist trail. The cave and waterfall were neat, especially for a “Phoenician”. We don’t get to see sights like that very often. However, the wife and I were both more enchanted with the views of the surrounding area. Very beautiful, very “Bryce”.
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Oct 09 2021
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33 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Mossy CaveSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2021
WaitingForRainTriplogs 661
Hiking0.70 Miles 25 AEG
Hiking0.70 Miles
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Apr 23 2021
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64 male
 Joined Jun 01 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Mossy CaveSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2021
paulhubbardTriplogs 183
Hiking1.00 Miles 25 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.33 mph
25 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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kplumaz
The cave is cool to see, but the big attraction is the little waterfall!
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Jul 26 2020
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43 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Mossy CaveSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2020
Charger55Triplogs 573
Hiking0.70 Miles 25 AEG
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25 ft AEG
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- Frank Turner "The Road"
Oct 18 2018
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
100 Hands - EPFSP - Mossy Cave, UT 
100 Hands - EPFSP - Mossy Cave, UT
 
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2018
trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,585
Hiking5.10 Miles 820 AEG
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820 ft AEG
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weather had cleared so sue and i packed up and headed out in chilly temps and a good breeze

strike one: [ The Pine Creek Box Trail ]
wanted to do the whole thing, but need a shuttle for it so we planned to do the lower section out and back
drove out posey lake road about five miles - not bad after yesterday's rain
started the hike, made it over the first creek crossing and found there would be no way to stay dry at the second
there are 54 creek crossings on this trail with deeper flow than usual so we turned around
this would be a great hike and it's staying on the list

next up: 100 hands
had steph's description and a map from wade
set out from the escalante river trailhead
sue found the social trail after i started the hard way
fun climb up near the cliffs and then a scavenger hunt for the petroglyphs
temps had warmed up and we just wandered around for awhile
could see a little storm cell coming our way, and on the drive out it started raining lightly again
stopped at kiva koffee until it passed - fun place

strike two: [ Devil's Garden ]
twelve miles down hole-in-the-rock road
we did okay for half of it, then a big stretch of mud that i couldn't see the end of
one 30 degree slide was enough so we turned around ](*,)

escalante petrified forest state park:
this was a pleasant surprise
did both the petrified forest trail and trail of sleeping rainbows
short but a very nice hike with some elevation gain, good views and interesting samples of petrified wood
campground and a lake - wouldn't mind staying here

mossy cave:
we were staying at the grand staircase inn in cannonville again, planning on IDK BBQ for dinner
did this little hike right off the road
not all that interesting except for the hoodoos along the wash
maybe better if cave was dripping more and waterfall was running

locals were saying the cool temps were a bit early
the rain affected access to several things on my list
have to expect a glitch or two occasionally
still a nice day, and plenty to do when i come back this way
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Sep 05 2017
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bryce Canyon National Park TrailsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2017
John9LTriplogs 1,640
Hiking19.58 Miles 5,639 AEG
Hiking19.58 Miles
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I started my trip off at Bryce Canyon. I scored a campsite in the North Campground and got myself situated. I would hike a variety of trails over two days in the park and then move on towards Zion. This is my first time in Bryce.

Navajo Loop / Peakaboo Loop
It was late morning by the time I started this multi-loop hike. I headed down the narrow wall section which I really enjoyed. The trail is in excellent condition as it switches down. All of the trails in the park were in amazing condition. I headed down and then detoured to the Peakaboo Loop. The trail makes a respectable climb and then loops around under Bryce Point. The views are just breathtaking. The formations are incredible and the hoodoos are plentiful. I continued on and took a variety of pics as I completed the loop and started heading for Sunrise Point. I made a quick stop at the Queens Garden and then made the final climb out.

Viewpoints & Misc
I spent the evening with a couple of quick stops at Inspiration Point and Bryce Point. There were lots of people out but it wasn't overly crowded. I also took a shower at the General Store ($3 for 8 minutes and then settled in for the evening in my camp.

Fairyland Loop
On day two, I walked right out of my camp and headed for the Fairlyland Loop. I was planning on doing a counter-clockwise loop and wanted to be done around noon. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this trail. I didn’t do any research. I just had GPS routes to follow. So I headed down and cruised to magnificent views that only got better. I continued down and took the short detour over to Tower Bridge which is an impressive formation. From there the trail makes a solid climb as it wraps its way to the NE towards Fairyland Canyon. This section blew me away. The formations are stunning and the colors are vibrant. Every turn brought a new perspective and I was in heaven. This stretch goes on for several miles and then I started my ascent back to the rim. Once up top I admired the section I just hiked through. It’s one of the most visually stunning sections of trail I’ve ever hiked! I would highly recommend! The rest of the hike along the rim was easy going as I looked down on the area I just hiked. A short time later I walked back into my camp to relax. I have a couple more hikes planned for the afternoon.

Mossy Cave
After taking my lunch in camp, I headed north and drove over to the Mossy Cave Trailhead. This is a short hike with a nice waterfall. There were several cars at the TH when I started hiking. The trail parallels a creek in Water Canyon. I walked over to the Mossy Cave which had a steady trickle of water pouring out. After that I headed over to the waterfall which is solid. It’s roughly 20 ft high and had a solid flow of water coming over. After admiring the waterfall I continued a bit up canyon and then turned around and made the hike out. I wanted to drive to the south end of the park and that would take some time.

Bristlecone Pine Loop
The drive to the south end of the park is very pleasant. It’s just under 20 miles with a variety of viewpoints along the way. I arrived and made a loop around the Bristlecone Pine Loop trail. The going is very easy and there are several viewpoints that look down on the valleys below. I was really glad I spent the time driving down here.

I would return to camp and spend one final night and then move on to NW Zion. I greatly enjoyed my time in Bryce and made good use of the time. This park is stunning and the hiking is easy going with incredible views. I highly recommend Bryce!
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Jan 14 2017
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32 male
 Joined Mar 06 2016
 Salt River Valle
Mossy CaveSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2017
arizona_waterTriplogs 118
Hiking0.90 Miles 58 AEG
Hiking0.90 Miles      32 Mns   1.69 mph
58 ft AEG
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After skiing at Bryce, we continued east on UT15 to the Mossy Trail. The "creek" along this trail is the Tropic Irrigation Ditch, which is a pipeline that siphons water from the East Sevier River into a historically dry wash. So the waterfall flows perennially and by anthropogenic causes. However, it's still beautiful. And even more so when it is frozen.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Water Canyon Heavy flow Heavy flow
Covered under 10 inches of snow.
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Sep 25 2013
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66 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Mossy CaveSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2013
AZWanderingBearTriplogs 700
Hiking1.00 Miles 25 AEG
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Enjoyable and easy little hike to a waterfall and cave. The hoodoos along the way were fun to look at and photograph.
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Jun 09 2013
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71 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Mossy CaveSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2013
AZLOT69Triplogs 2,004
Hiking1.00 Miles 255 AEG
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Great formations, few others here.
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Aug 31 2012
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66 male
 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Mossy CaveSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2012
hikeazTriplogs 223
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Nice leg-stretch hike to break up the windshield time heading to Bryce. Some of the formations rival what you may see in BCNP.
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Jun 30 2012
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90 male
 Joined May 16 2005
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mossy CaveSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2012
Al_HikesAZTriplogs 242
Hiking0.70 Miles 25 AEG
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My friend's 7 year old son took part in the Junior Ranger Program. He had to complete exercises in a workbook and participate in a Ranger Led program. They chose this hike to Mossy Cave. I had fun and learned a few things from the Volunteer Ranger.
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[ checklist ] Tropic Ditch
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Apr 16 2012
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48 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Mossy CaveSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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slowandsteadyTriplogs 694
Hiking1.25 Miles 25 AEG
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Since the write up of this spot, there has been a definative trail built. You cross two bridges and while standing on the second, you get a great photo of the waterfall. I'm not sure if we lucked out that Bryce Canyon had received almost 12 inches of snow a couple days prior, but the water was really flowing.

The Mossy Cave, wasn't much to see, but maybe it was due to the time of year and bad timing.

We went over to the waterfall and followed a trail up the stream. If it hadn't been nearing sunset, we would have hiked farther. Just beautiful!
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Jul 11 2009
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49 female
 Joined Nov 22 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Mossy CaveSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2009
writelotsTriplogs 341
Hiking0.70 Miles 25 AEG
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Hiked out with my whole family (mom, brother and Mr. Wendy) - it's nice that there are a few places we can all really enjoy. Played around above the waterfall and a bit in the water. Weather was perfect!
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Mar 09 2009
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40 female
 Joined Dec 01 2008
 Apache Junction,
Mossy CaveSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2009
iheartmonsterTriplogs 31
Hiking0.80 Miles 75 AEG
Hiking0.80 Miles      25 Mns   1.92 mph
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Went back today for better light and more pictures.
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Mar 08 2009
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40 female
 Joined Dec 01 2008
 Apache Junction,
Mossy CaveSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
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iheartmonsterTriplogs 31
Hiking1.10 Miles 75 AEG
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Hubbie and I hiked up to Mossy Cave and then over to the waterfall and then back out. The cave is super cool and filled with ice stalactites and stalagmites. It's a really quick hike... we made it a lot longer by taking a lot of pictures. The trailhead is right off of UT-12.

Only difficulty we experienced was that a steeper part of the trail was frozen over and slippery ice. We got around the slippery parts and it was fine.
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Jul 03 2004
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41 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Pocatello, ID
Mossy CaveSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2004
PaleoRobTriplogs 1,128
Hiking0.70 Miles 25 AEG
Hiking0.70 Miles      45 Mns   0.93 mph
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Mossy Cave. Pretty little walk up the wash. Must be something to see when the waterfalls are going full-out after snowmelt or a monsoon.
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