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."