Shinobe Kibe Trail is a little gem located in Washington, Utah. Guess what? Not only does this one hold amazing views, but there’s also a secret gem at the top!
Total hiking distance out and back is only 1.4 miles. But don’t let that “short hike” fool you. This trail is straight up a mountain side. Rest assured that the climb is well worth the amazing views.
Getting To Shinobe Kibe Trail
You can simply put “Paiute Dr. Washington, UT 84790” into your GPS. Drive until the road becomes dirt and you will see the dirt parking lot under the mountain.
The path is very easy to see. Simply head straight up the mountain. It’s a real calf burner, so be prepared! As you climb higher, the path gets rockier and requires a bit of scrambling. I did see toddlers on this trail, so if they can do it in their crocks, so can you. I believe in you.
As you climb Shinobe Kibe Trail, the views of the city will continue to get better and better. I promise you the view from the top is well worth the workout!
It's hot. Desert hot.
Also keep in mind that like most Southern Utah hikes, there is zero shade. Don’t do this in the dead heat of the summer, wear clothing that will keep you cool, and bring lots of water! I happened to hike it on a day where the sun was hidden back and forth behind the clouds, so it was perfect.
To change your attitude you gotta change your altitude
Because you are climbing almost completely straight up a mountain, there’s also an elevation gain. As if the calf burn isn’t enough, you’ll find yourself huffing and puffing like the big bad wolf.
The 360 views keep getting better. I also said, “Here’s to looking at you, kid”, right before this photo was taken. It’s cheesy, I know, but I assume that most of you are tired of seeing my back in every image. Turns out I have a front side, too. Who knew.
Ready for the surprise?
Drum roll please….
There’s an old aviation arrow!
This dates back to the world’s first ground-based civilian navigation system. A series of lighted beacons every ten miles. Pilots would pass a 70-foot concrete arrow on the ground which was painted a bright yellow. There’s actually quite a few across Utah, but this was my first time seeing it. Pretty cool!
There’s also a book at the top you can sign located in an old metal ammo box with pens inside. This book is currently full of pandemic and coronavirus memes and statements written by hikers.
Yes, I laughed. No, I won’t apologize.
…but I told you the views were worth it! Gorgeous 360 views of the city in every direction that’s hard to beat.
Just beware of the wind so you don’t fall off the mountain and die.
That was harsh.
I’m a realist.
If you go check out this amazing hike to Shinobe Kibe Trail, let me know what you think!
Hope you are all staying safe and SANE! Remember to get outside as much as possible (if you can) for some fresh air therapy! Nothing beats social distancing in nature.