Toadstools Trail

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
Located 36.3 miles from Kanab, Utah (UT)
4 Stars
1,411 Steps 1  (0.6 mi)

The Toadstools Trail is an easy round trip hike; there is a trail register near the trailhead and small information booklets are available for a fee. Follow the wash as this will lead you to the toadstools; sandstone spires with a rock balanced on top give them their name. There is little shade at this location and it can be extremely hot during the summer months. Please hike on the designated trail when exploring this location; the area is surrounded by cryptobiotic soil crusts, an important feature in desert environments and when disturbed, may take five to seven years to form again.

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The Toadstools Trail has a maximum elevation of 4,497 ft (1,371 m), a minimum elevation of 4,406 ft (1,343 m), and an elevation range of 91 ft (28 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
1,4110.6 mi4,406 ft4,497 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
17 min6.679 ft5 ft
[ B to A ]
16 min0.45 ft79 ft

What is the length of the Toadstools Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.6 mi (1.0 km) or 1,411 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Toadstools Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 17 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 16 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Toadstools Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Fivemile Valley, UT
  2. North Topo Map: Lower Coyote Spring, UT
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Nipple Butte, UT
  4. West Topo Map: West Clark Bench, UT
  5. Topo Map: Bridger Point, UT
  6. East Topo Map: Big Water, UT
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Poverty Flat, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Wrather Arch, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Water Pockets, AZ

Is there a Toadstools trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Toadstools Trail is located on the Bridger Point topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.