Mollie’s nipple is a pointed rock formation that boasts thick layers of limestone and stands out among the surrounding flat landscape. The butte, rumored to be named by a pioneer in reference to his wife, Molly, is hikeable and rewards adventurers with phenomenal and uninterrupted views of the Hurricane Valley and surrounding areas including: Sand Hollow, Quail Creek Reservoir, Pine Valley Mountain, Hurricane Valley, and a partial view of Zion’s National Park.
- Out-and-back trail type
- There is no shade. Pack hats, water, and sunscreen, and snacks
- Not kid-friendly unless they are older and have hiking experience
- Keep an eye out for pottery! This butte was used by indigenous tribes and many hikers find pottery and other relics
- Dogs are not allowed on this trail
- There are not restrooms at the beginning of the trailhead
- There is no fee for this trail
Important Note: There are two ways to access Mollie’s Nipple Hike.
The easier hiking route only has an elevation gain of 320 feet and can be accessed from the backside of the butte by dirt road. This route requires a vehicle with a high clearance equipped for off-road adventures.
The trail up the back side of Mollie’s Nipple is short, but a steep incline and requires some rock scrambling.
Directions (33 minute drive from Hurricane Main St.):
- Take S.R. 59 east from Hurricane for approximately 3 miles
- Follow this map to reach to the backside of Mollie’s Nipple.
The trail is only roughly 1.7 miles, but is very challenging and gains 1,353 feet in elevation. This route will take between 1.5-2 hours to complete.
Hikers can expect a steep incline on the ascent, occasional loose gravel, and some rock scrambling. The trail is usually mildly to rarely trafficked and is best hiked early in the morning to avoid the risk of heatstroke. Be prepared for steep drop-offs.
Directions (8 minute drive from Hurricane Main St.):
- Enter coordinates to 673 W 2500 S, Hurricane, UT 84737
- This map will help you get to the trailhead
- Park on the side of the dirt road at the end of the street and locate trailhead through the small gate at the fence
As with any hike, please prioritize safety on this trail! Wear comfortable hiking shoes, pack plenty of water and snacks, and don’t approach steep cliffs or rocky edges. Please help us protect our environment and pack out anything that you packed in!Other Things To Do In Hurricane Utah