“A fairly mellow approach for Sheep Creek and Swamp Canyon backcountry travelers.
— Megan W
From the left side of the Swamp Canyon overlook pullout (about 5 miles south of the visitor center), join the marked Sheep Creek Connecting Trail when it branches from the Swamp Canyon Connecting Trail
. Head north through dense forest eventually circumnavigating a prominent butte.
After the first flat mile above the rim, descend off the lip into the Sheep Creek drainage. Pass a handful of hoodoos and traverse a wooded canyon before meeting the Under-the-Rim Trail
and the Sheep Creek Trail
at a 4-way intersection at the canyon bottom.
This trail was formerly used for moving sheep around to different grazing areas.
If you're planning to make a loop that combines Sheep Creek Connecting Trail, Under-the-Rim Trail
and the Swamp Canyon Connecting Trail
, the preferred direction is clockwise.
Flora & Fauna
Fir, manzanita, poderosa pine, and juniper. Deer, bees, wasps.