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Wood Knoll

Wood Knoll

Wood Knoll

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.60722°N / 112.90222°W

Object Title: Wood Knoll

County: Iron

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 9419 ft / 2871 m


Page By: hgrapid

Created/Edited: Apr 23, 2008 / Nov 4, 2013

Object ID: 398433

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Wood Knoll is a bald summit on the north side of the Cedar Canyon road, about 15 minutes from downtown Cedar City, Utah. Although it stands 9,419 feet above sea level, it is inconspicuous compared with surrounding mountains that stand higher and are more impressive.

Wood Knoll is rather accessible from Cedar City. Also, for a high-elevation summit, it is relatively close to the Cedar Canyon road. The summit can be reached within 30 minutes via the shortest route. This is good for a workout or warm-up hike if you are spending time in Cedar City, and want a taste of the canyon, but aren't able to take in the whole area.

Finally, the views at the summit are excellent!

A rarely seen view of...
Brian's Head Peak 11,307 from the ridge

First nice views
View of Blowhard Mountain 10,657 while walking up the mountain.

Getting There

From Cedar City, get onto Route 14, which is the road up the Cedar Canyon. Take the road as it heads towards Cedar Breaks.  For the shortest route, head about 12 miles up the road.  There is a turn off heading north up the slope of Wood Knoll after the first major switchback (less than 1/2 mile past it).  Park there at about 8,830'.

A longer, more scenic route can be done from the Southern Utah University Mountain Center.  This is about 9 miles up the road from the mouth of the canyon, there is a building on the right and you may park your car here, on the dirt lot, which has room for about 10 cars. The parking lot is at 8,040 feet.

For the shorter route, simply head of the dirt road for a little over 1/2 mile.  A lesser road on the left heads directly towards the summit of Wood Knoll.  It peters out after a quarter mile.  But continue up the slope for another 1/2 mile and you reach the summit.  The elevation gain is only about 600'.

From SUU, cross the Cedar Canyon road where a dirt jeep road heads back in the direction of Cedar City. You can either take the road all the way around, or take one of the faint use trails that emanates from the road. If you take the road all the way around, you will end up in a meadow, with a large cut in the middle. Walk up the left-hand side of the large cut until you reach an easy cross over point. At this point, there are a few faint trails (mostly animal trails) heading up the mountain. At some points you can bushwhack up the trail rather easily. The problem is that during snowmelt, water runs through the open dirt that could otherwise be used as a trail. In this case, the ground is muddy, and difficult to traverse. In this case, you can still bushwhack.

First nice views
View of Blowhard Mountain 10,657 while walking up the mountain.

If you take one of the side trails from the road, you can follow a few trails up to a ridge above the meadow on the other side than if you took the road all the way around. At a certain point on the ridge, you can cross over with only a small elevation drop. Once you cross over, you can head straight up. The higher you go, the more clear the route becomes.

For both routes, you eventually reach a ridge at 8725'. From here, follow a faint road towards Wood Knoll, which is about 1 mile further. The route is pretty straightforward from here.  If you take the road all the way around and then up to the meadow, it is about 3 1/4 miles to the summit, gaining about 1,450'.  You can probably cut it down to less than 2 miles to the summit with some bushwhacking.

Red Tape

There are no permits or restrictions to climb Wood Knoll. Just park your car and hike up the road. When there is heavy snow, the Cedar Canyon Road may be closed. If not, you can hike up in snow. Fall is a good time to climb due to the beautiful colors. In summer, it can get very hot, even at this high elevation. In the Spring, during snowmelt, the mountain gets very muddy. Creeks cut through the mountain and drain into the creek below. For this reason, it is not the best idea to follow the creek up the mountain if you hike during the Spring.

Nearby Attractions

As you can probably tell, Wood Knoll is not the main attraction in this part of Utah. Okay, it isn't an attraction at all. However, there are a number key attractions nearby.

Further up Cedar Canyon is the Cedar Breaks National Monument.
More Information can be found here and here

Brian's Head Peak is another attraction. It is the highest mountain in Iron County, and a gorgeous summit that is easy to reach.
More information can be found here

Further south of Cedar City is Zion National Park.
More Information can be found here and here

Additional Information

Wood Knoll has recently had problems with ponderosa pine mortality due to mountain pine beetle infestation. This is noticeable when hiking the mountain. There are lots of dead, fallen trees.


Pink Cliffs and Blowhard MountainBrian\'s Head Peak from the ridgeFirst nice viewshgrapid stands below Wood Knoll