Dark Hollow - Second Left Hand Canyon

Brian Head, Utah

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Dubbed the “Vertical Mile,” Dark Hollow-Second Left Hand Canyon is a downhiller’s delight. If you have just one day in Brian Head, this is the only choice. The route begins atop Brian Head Peak at 11,307 feet (quite possibly Utah’s highest mountain-biking trailhead) and ends in Parowan Canyon after a near 5,000-foot descent. But your eyes naturally gravitate to the multihued scarps of Cedar Breaks National Monument below Brian Head Peak. Measuring 3.5 miles wide and 2,000 feet deep, the amphitheater is a pastel intaglio of crenulated ridges adorned with spires and intricate shapes—all sculpted from the forested plateau. It’s a Bryce Canyon National Park in the making. As you roll off the tundra peak, you enter dense timber that effectively conceals all views of the surrounding land. But when you connect with the Second Left Hand Canyon Road, you will be immersed in the salmon-colored hoodoos that you viewed from afar earlier. Tread: The route begins with 0.8 mile of gravel road, followed by 6 miles of singletrack mid-route, and ends with 5 miles of doubletrack plus a touch of pavement.
Mountain Biking Utah

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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

Dubbed the “Vertical Mile,” Dark Hollow-Second Left Hand Canyon is a downhiller’s delight. If you have just one day in Brian Head, this is the only choice. The route begins atop Brian Head Peak at 11,307 feet (quite possibly Utah’s highest mountain-biking trailhead) and ends in Parowan Canyon after a near 5,000-foot descent. But your eyes naturally gravitate to the multihued scarps of Cedar Breaks National Monument below Brian Head Peak. Measuring 3.5 miles wide and 2,000 feet deep, the amphitheater is a pastel intaglio of crenulated ridges adorned with spires and intricate shapes—all sculpted from the forested plateau.

It’s a Bryce Canyon National Park in the making. As you roll off the tundra peak, you enter dense timber that effectively conceals all views of the surrounding land. But when you connect with the Second Left Hand Canyon Road, you will be immersed in the salmon-colored hoodoos that you viewed from afar earlier. Tread: The route begins with 0.8 mile of gravel road, followed by 6 miles of singletrack mid-route, and ends with 5 miles of doubletrack plus a touch of pavement.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Brian Head
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Snowdrifts can linger well into June. Flurries can dust the peak by late September.
Trailhead Elevation: 11,307 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Dixie National Forest, Cedar Ranger District, 435-865-3200
Local Maps: USGS: Brian Head and Parowan
Driving Directions: Directions to Dark Hollow - Second Left Hand Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

7/1/1994
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I can't believe no one has reviewed this trail. One of the best rides in Southern UT. Easy access to Brian Head summit. Elevation change takes you through several vegitation zones: cold, high-alpine forests; quiet, shaddy aspen groves; warm, sun drenched meadows. Read the trail guide and DO IT!



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