Big Notch to Scorup Cabin

Blanding, Utah 84511

Big Notch to Scorup Cabin

Big Notch to Scorup Cabin Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This very scenic hike traces Dark Canyon from its Elk Ridge headwaters to historic Scorup Cabin, a well-preserved summer cowboy camp that dates back to 1930. The trip blends montane forests and rich grasslands and wildflowers with a canyon country landscape of bold Cedar Mesa Sandstone walls. This trip is a fine choice for a day hike from late spring through autumn, and the intermittent stream and numerous potential camping areas make the trip inviting to overnighters as well.

Observant hikers may spot Anasazi runs, though they are not abundant, or some of The Diverse wildlife that dwell here. Mule deer, mountain lions, elk, coyotes, and black bears make their home on Elk Ridge and in upper Dark Canyon. Short-horned lizards, attaining the size of an adult's hand, are quite common. Watch where you step, as these slow-moving reptiles frequently sun themselves on the sandy trail."

Big Notch to Scorup Cabin Trip Reports

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We did this hike as a 7-day one-way trip from Big Notch to the Colorado River (40 miles). Because we did this hike in June there was a possibility of water sources drying up. We packed 2.5 gal of H2O in vain. May is probably the better month for a long trek down Dark Canyon. However, this short segment has lots of water even in June. There is an incredible spring just below the Scorup Cabin where the view is stunning. The cabin is actually quite a nice place to rest. Explore around and find other structures. This eTrail by Ron Adkison has detailed driving directions and clear route descriptions. Like all his other eTrails from this book, it will guide you safely down and provide key information. Keep in mind that Big Notch is at 8300 feet and the setting is quite different than what you’d expect for the Utah canyon country. There are tall pines and even aspen up here - much different than the lower canyon yet just as scenic. There are ruins in the area, but with our heavy packs we could not explore around. Bring deet in summer. Have fun.

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5 hours
Late May through Oct
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