Hell Canyon Trail

Drake, Arizona

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This rough trail is suitable for most high-clearance 4WDs in dry weather. In wet weather it is best avoided, as many sections become extremely greasy and difficult to negotiate. The trail travels down a gentle decline between Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road and Arizona 89, following the edge of Hell Canyon. Most of the time, the trail is within the juniper vegetation, so views of Hell Canyon are limited. By following a couple of the side trails out to the rim, or leaving your vehicle and walking through the trees, it is possible to view the rugged, dark gray-black depths of Hell Canyon. The canyon is composed of the dark lava predominant in this region, which is probably how it got its name. Special Attractions: Alternative exit from Kaibab National Forest to the west; Trail running near the edge of Hell Canyon. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This rough trail is suitable for most high-clearance 4WDs in dry weather. In wet weather it is best avoided, as many sections become extremely greasy and difficult to negotiate. The trail travels down a gentle decline between Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road and Arizona 89, following the edge of Hell Canyon. Most of the time, the trail is within the juniper vegetation, so views of Hell Canyon are limited. By following a couple of the side trails out to the rim, or leaving your vehicle and walking through the trees, it is possible to view the rugged, dark gray-black depths of Hell Canyon.

The canyon is composed of the dark lava predominant in this region, which is probably how it got its name. Special Attractions: Alternative exit from Kaibab National Forest to the west; Trail running near the edge of Hell Canyon. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Drake
Distance: 9.9
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round, best dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 5,100 feet
Top Elevation: 6,500 feet
Local Contacts: Kaibab National Forest
Local Maps: USGS McLellan Reservoir, Matterhorn, Meath Spring, Williams; BLM Williams; USFS Kaibab National Forest, Williams Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Hell Canyon Trail

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