Office of Community & Academic Enrichment

Backpacking Ashdown Gorge

High tundra-like meadows, aspen forests, sculpted watery narrows, and waterfalls, this overnight backpacking experience has it all. First, meet with a Cedar Breaks ranger to learn about the area’s flora and fauna. Then descend through high alpine scenery toward Ashdown Gorge with a local geologist. After meeting Rattlesnake Creek you’ll set up camp for the night. Day two will be river hiking full of geologic wonders, including sheer walls of sandstone, Tom’s Head, waterfalls, and Flanigan’s Arch before ending at Highway 14 in Cedar Canyon.

Due to the large elevation loss and challenging river hiking, this experience is recommended for experienced hikers only. Even for well-conditioned hikers, this backpacking experience is considered long and strenuous. Proper equipment will be required. Be prepared with drinking water, snacks, meals, trekking poles, proper hiking shoes, and comfortable clothing. Transportation will be provided from the landslide in Cedar Canyon to Rattlesnake Trailhead. Youth over the age of 12 may register with an adult, but only those 18 and older may ride in the SUU vans.

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Summer 2019

F, SA / 12:00 pm
Cost: $147
Date: July 19-20

Location: Cedar Canyon Landslide
Teacher: Tyler Knudsen

Instructor Bio

Tyler Knudsen is a Utah Licensed Professional Geologist and has worked in the Utah Geological Survey’s Geologic Hazards Program in Cedar City since 2006. Knudsen earned a master’s degree in geology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has authored and co-authored several studies and maps on the geology of the St. George Basin, Zion National Park, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and is currently working on a geologic-hazard-map folio for the Cedar City-Enoch area.