A quick trail that can be knocked out up and back in an hour, Shinob Kibe is a quick hike through the boulder-filled side of a local butte. It starts out right outside a residential neighborhood in Washington and terminates at the top right next to a 60 foot long concrete arrow on the ground, a relic of one of the earliest forms of arial navigation.
|Elevation Range:||593 ft|
|Low Elevation:||2692 ft|
|High Elevation:||3290 ft|
First things first: the name of this hill and the associated hike is spelled in Paiute Indian tradition, but pronounced Shih-NO-bee KY-bee. It is of historical significance due to the special significance (both religous and strategic) it held for the local Paiute Indians, as well as the fact that it is the site of one of the early aviation arrows used to direct the planes along the first airmail routes (http://wchsutah.org/aviation/navigation-arrows.php).
Following the directions given here, you can park right at the base of the hill, after crossing over into the dirt. If you have driven more than 100 feet after crossing onto the dirt, you have gone too far.
Once parked, take a final drink of water and snack, and head out. The trail is a quick 30 minutes or less up the trail, and about the same back down. The trail starts out directly up towards the mesa, but quickly starts switching back and forth among the boulders at the base.
The trail will quickly start getting steep, with some sharp dropoffs as well as some slippery, gravel-covered portions. The view gets better and better as you climb though, until you can see most of the valley.
Once you crest the top of the mesa, it is several hundred yards toward the actual arrow, which is located at the highest point of the mesa. At the time of this writing there was an American flag at the top, maintained at night with a solar-charged floodlight - and you will see the flag as soon as you come over the top of the ridge. The trail will continue and take you directly there. Your arrival is hard to miss, between the flag and an ammo can on a post, and several yards of concrete in the shape of an arrow on the ground.
The ammo can contains a logbook, with some additional information about the area on its cover. Take a few minutes to fill it out, and look through it.
Once you have enjoyed the summit, start heading back. If you head back by following along the edge somewhat, you can see "Lovers Cave", although it takes some looking - at times it is marked with a flag. As you keep going, on the right look for a burned out stump - if you start moving towards it you can see a medicine wheel before you get that far. About 20 feet in diameter and with 6 spokes, this relic was used for healing by the Paiutes.
From there, simply retrace your steps to arrive back at the trail head. Be careful going down, and remember the views and the history from atop Shinobe Kibe.
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- From 1-15 in Washington, take the Green Springs exit and start heading South.
- At Telegraph street turn left, and travel East until 300 East.
- Turn Left off of 300 East (which turns into Washington Fields Rd) onto Indian Springs drive.
- Indian Springs Drive will curve to the right, becoming Riveredge Rd and then Apache Drive in the span of a few blocks.
- Make the second left onto Pocahontas Dr, headed roughly North.
- Turn left onto Uintah Dr. when the road tees a block later, and then follow the road for an immediate right onto Paiute Dr.
- The pavement will end on Paiute Dr. shortly, turning into a dirt road on the other side of a gate. Continue through, and the trail head will be on your right 10-15 yards past the gate.
Shinob Kibe Facebook Page - A facebook page with content from hikers and others interested in the peak
Washington County Historical Society - A page covering the peak, with historical information
Washington County Historical Society - Navigation Arrows - The Washington County Historical Society page covering the navigational arrows as seen at the top of this mountain