Trailblazer | 3048 pts
This trail is not as dangerous as it sounds. If you have backcountry experience and basic route finding skills, this is a great place to visit. The trail down to Dark Canyon is steep and loose. Take your time and look for cairns on the way down and you will be fine. Once at Dark Canyon, water is abundant and there are many camp spots. Lost Canyon probably has the best camp spots, but there is one sweet shaded one where the Sundance Trail meets Dark Canyon Creek. Protect your food VERY well. The squirrels here are skilled (fat) thieves. The side trip down Dark Canyon to the Colorado River is worth it. The canyon is narrow. Stay on the right side of the creek when possible. Also, explore up Dark Canyon for nice cascading waterfalls. This eTrail is detailed and provides all you need to have fun in this lower portion of Dark Canyon. Since this is close to Hite, it is “popular,” but you will probably only see a few other hikers like we did.