Hike the Tropic Ditch Trail

2 Miles Round Trip - Out-and-Back Trail

Mossy Cave Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by John Maurizi

Explore a social trail up Water Canyon and the Tropic Ditch. Excellent scenery!

From the Mossy Cave trailhead, follow the wide easy trail along the Tropic Ditch stream for .35 miles. At that point, the trail splits. To the left is Mossy Cave and to the right is Water Canyon Falls. The trail is lined with beautiful colored cliffs and hoodoos that Bryce Canyon is famous for. The trail is about 1 mile round trip, but further exploration is possible up Water Canyon along the Tropic Ditch.

The stream along the Mossy Cave Trail, at one time, was nothing but a dry wash. But with the influx of settlers and the need of water in the area, the locals engineered a way to divert water from the East Fork of the Sevier River. In 1890, the Mormon settlers dug a ditch that fed the dry wash. It took two years to complete. 

For further exploration, turn left at Water Canyon Falls and follow a social trail up stream. I did not go as far as I could have but if you hike for about 15 minutes, you come to another small water fall. The canyon is a little more narrow here and you can get right down next to the fall. Definitely worth the extra time to explore this social trail!

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Scenic
Waterfall

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2 Miles
Out-and-Back Trail

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Cannonville, Utah

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Stunning!

Stumbled across this trail on the way to Tropic! Amazing 😍