Dark Hollow - Second Left Hand Canyon

Brian Head, Utah 84719

Dark Hollow - Second Left Hand Canyon

Dark Hollow - Second Left Hand Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"Dubbed the “Vertical Mile,” Dark Hollow-Second Left Hand Canyon is a downhiller’s delight. If you have just one day in Brian Head, this is the only choice. The route begins atop Brian Head Peak at 11,307 feet (quite possibly Utah’s highest mountain-biking trailhead) and ends in Parowan Canyon after a near 5,000-foot descent. But your eyes naturally gravitate to the multihued scarps of Cedar Breaks National Monument below Brian Head Peak. Measuring 3.5 miles wide and 2,000 feet deep, the amphitheater is a pastel intaglio of crenulated ridges adorned with spires and intricate shapes—all sculpted from the forested plateau.

It’s a Bryce Canyon National Park in the making. As you roll off the tundra peak, you enter dense timber that effectively conceals all views of the surrounding land. But when you connect with the Second Left Hand Canyon Road, you will be immersed in the salmon-colored hoodoos that you viewed from afar earlier. Tread: The route begins with 0.8 mile of gravel road, followed by 6 miles of singletrack mid-route, and ends with 5 miles of doubletrack plus a touch of pavement."

Dark Hollow - Second Left Hand Canyon Reviews

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I can't believe no one has reviewed this trail. One of the best rides in Southern UT. Easy access to Brian Head summit. Elevation change takes you through several vegitation zones: cold, high-alpine forests; quiet, shaddy aspen groves; warm, sun drenched meadows. Read the trail guide and DO IT!

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Trail Information

Brian Head
Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Snowdrifts can linger well into June. Flurries can dust the peak by late September.
11,307 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Dixie National Forest, Cedar Ranger District, 435-865-3200
Local Contacts
USGS: Brian Head and Parowan
Local Maps

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Jul 2018