Trail Canyon to Dark Canyon

Blanding, Utah 84511

Trail Canyon to Dark Canyon

Trail Canyon to Dark Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The hike down open, southwest-trending Trail Canyon affords 2-hour access into the wild middle reaches of Dark Canyon via a scenic, seldom-used, and rigorous trail. Due to its southern exposure, Trail Canyon is more typical of a high-desert canyon than are other upper Dark Canyon tributaries.

The trail traverses open pinyon-juniper woodlands beneath 800-foot cliffs, affording memorable vistas en route. The trail, which is often shadeless, can be hot, though usually not intolerable, during the summer months. This trip is a good choice for an early summer or autumn day hike."

Trail Canyon to Dark Canyon Trip Reports

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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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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
4 to 4.5 hours
Late May through Oct
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