The Hunter Canyon hike is in the sandstone hills west of Moab. To get to the trailhead, drive out to the south side of the Colorado River on the Kane Creek Road and then follow the Kane Springs (gravel) Road for 5 km and park at the signed trailhead. There is a small campground there and a single track trail follows the creek upstream. Hikers can make their way along the spring-fed creek into a deep canyon for about 1.75 km before encountering difficult terrain.
Cottonwoods flank a sandy trail at the start. Scrub oak, tamarisk, and willows fill the canyon bottoms, but a good trail provides access up to a steep pour-off upstream.
After about 1 km of hiking, Hunter Arch can be spotted in the sandstone cliffs to the south.
At narrow spots in the canyon, the trail winds along rocks on the water’s edge.
The towering sandstone canyon walls reflect in pools along the route.
A few lizards were spotted on rocks. In a rocky, desert hills environment, Hunter Creek is a bit of an oasis for wildlife.
We hiked as far as we could, had lunch, and retraced our tracks. There is a jeep track across the canyon rim, but there is no visible way to get to it from the creek. On another day we will follow the track along the rim into the impressive Behind the Rocks Wilderness Area.