Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region
by Ron Adkison (Falcon Guides)
© Ron Adkison/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Half of the elevation is lost in the first mile so it is fairly steep there. It is obvious where you are going (down), but the route meanders all over the place going down. This is a fun trail down a tight side canyon of Dark Canyon. At Dark Canyon there is a nice “island” ridge above that you should explore at dawn or dusk for photo opportunities. The spring located up canyon from the confluence was running in June during a dry year so it must be a reliable spring most summers. On our trip, we got hammered by a hailstorm, heavy rain, and close lightning. Exciting stuff. There are nice camp spots in the area up Dark Canyon towards the spring. This eTrail is very detailed and you need it to find this extremely remote trailhead. You are guaranteed to have this trail all to yourself, but you may see others in Dark Canyon. Enjoy.
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