Lost Canyon is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Needles District. It is 4.6 miles long and begins at 5,107 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,747 feet. The Lost Canyon Camp Site 1 camp site can be seen along the trail.
Lost Canyon Professional Reviews and Guides
"Although they are scarcely a mile apart Lost Canyon and Squaw Canyon are very different in character. Squaw Canyon is dry and generally uninteresting, while Lost Canyon is deeper and has a surprising amount of water and vegetation. Because of its water, Lost Canyon was well known to the cowboys who lived and worked in the Needles District during the first half of the last century. Even when other sources of water had given way to the dry summer heat, their animals could always depend on finding a pool or two of the life-sustaining liquid in the green recesses of Lost Canyon.
The route described here takes advantage of the Peekaboo Trail, which cuts across the lower parts of both canyons, to form an interesting loop hike. The path also passes within a mile of an old cowboy camp that was once used by local cattle ranchers. There is no trail leading to the cowboy camp, but it isn?t too difficult to find. If you wish to include it in your hike it will add about an hour to the time specified above. Trail: Easy, well marked trail. There is usually water in some sections of Lost Canyon, but Squaw Canyon is generally dry."
--David Day, Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails (Rincon Publishing).
"A spectacular loop hike through some of the best scenery in the
Needles District. Lost Canyon is well named. It’s not only the kind of place you could get lost in, it’s so beautiful that it’s also the kind of place you want to get lost in.
Like other loops, Lost Canyon can be done in either direction. This trail description follows the clockwise route."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"A long loop hike nicely suited for backpackers. If you can afford the time to make this a three-day trip, you’ll have the opportunity to see most of the outstanding features of the Needles area. A three-day option provides the time for side trips to Peekaboo, Upper Lost Canyon, and Druid Arch
without your overnight pack."
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