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Mollies Nipple, Hurricane, Utah

The black volcanic top of Mollies Nipple is perched over a thousand feet above the Hurricane Valley. This hill is a highly visible landmark of the Hurricane Valley, with the City of Hurricane and airport at its base.

From the peak you get a spectacular 360 degree panorama of the surrounding area. To the South-west is a magnificent view of the Sand Hollow Reservoir. To the North-west are the Red Cliffs of the Dixie National forest and the Pine Valley Mountain beyond. To the East are the towering mountains of Zion National Park and the Kolob Plateau. Immediately to the north east and at the base of Mollies Nipple is the Frog Hollow Canyon.

Trail Rating

There are two routes to Mollies Nipple: from the backside by road; from the front up the Hurricane cliffs.
From the backside road:
Overall rating = easy

Distance: 2 miles return – easy
Elevation gain: 320 feet – easy
Terrain: gravel and rocky final slope – moderate
Exposure: none – easy

Via the steep trail up the Hurricane cliffs:
Overall rating: difficult

Distance: 2.5 miles return – easy
Elevation gain: 1300 feet – difficult
Terrain: steep narrow treacherous dirt and gravel – difficult
Exposure: Long drop-offs for most of the length – difficult

To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

To reach Mollies Nipple by road drive 3.3 miles east from Hurricane on State Road 59 and turn right on a gravel road which goes to the Olympus Academy. Drive 3.3 miles from SR59 past the Academy, up a hill on the other side, through Gould Wash to a BLM road on the right. Turn right, drive 1/3 mile on this well graded road, and turn right onto a small road gated with barbed wire. Open and close this gate after you pass through.

Follow this gated road for about 0.8 miles down into the usually dry Frog Hollow Wash Reservoir, and up the far side. Once you cross the Frog Hollow Wash reservoir, the road gets bumpier. Stay on the road as it travels southwestward for about another 1.3 miles.

Look for another road to the right that heads west. This road goes through Workman Wash and then up again to the edge of the Hurricane Cliffs to the south of Mollie’s Nipple. In a few spots, it gets quite rocky, and there is a steep rocky gully 1 mile from Mollies Nipple which can be difficult to pass. If you’re in an ORV you can drive through this rocky gully to the base of Mollies Nipple, otherwise park at the top of this gully and hike from there.

Olympus Academy

Olympus Academy to Final Rocky Road

Final Road to Mollies Nipple

For a one page printout of the directions click Directions to Mollies Nipple

To reach Mollies Nipple up the Hurricane cliffs drive south from SR9 in Hurricane S700W for 2.4 miles to the Sky Ranch Airport community. Turn left on W2300S and right on S675W. Drive to the end of the pavement and turn left and park on the gravel parking area. The trail gate is just south of the parking area.

Mollies Nipple Directions

Directions to Mollies Nipple Trail

Mollies Nipple Parking

Mollies Nipple Trail Parking

The Trail

From the road, the 1 mile trail to Mollies Nipple is fairly level and is an easy walk. The trail up to the top is not long but is a steep climb and involves scrambling over volcanic rock. It is not difficult if you are not afraid of heights or of climbing over and through rock.

The route up the Hurricane cliffs is not for the faint of heart. The trail is steep and treacherous with steep drop-offs.

Here are some of the pictures taken on the route by road.
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Here are pictures taken on the climb up the Hurricane cliffs.
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