Crimson Trail/Riverside Nature Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,435' 437 m
Descent: -1,436' -438 m
High: 6,083' 1,854 m
Low: 5,049' 1,539 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 46% (25°)
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“An exposed clifftop trail with great views of many great features in Logan Canyon.”— Tomsen Reed
Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
On weekends and evenings, the trail can get rather congested. However, weekday mornings are usually great times to be out on this trail, and it's very doable before work at only 4 miles round trip.
From the fork in the trails, the trail starts to ascend, steeply in places, through a sparsely populated forest. Eventually the trail leaves this forest for a more exposed hillside and starts and meets up with the actual Crimson Trail and starts to switchback along this hillside on a well-developed trail. From here, you can get great views of Logan Canyon and the Logan River if you take the time to look back behind you. The trail continues to ascend until it eventually gets right up to the base of the China Wall, the rock formation that forms the foundation of the most exciting part of the Crimson Trail. The last part of the ascent involves some short switchbacks that go up through a steep drainage and ends right on top of the cliffs.
The trail then contours along the top of these cliffs for almost a mile and a half, with some really fun ups and downs and great views from the tops of these cliffs. It can get really fun as the trail gets narrow in places and often gets really close to the edge. The views of the Wind Caves and the fall colors can be amazing, as well as the wildflowers in the spring. The trail also weaves in and out of forests as it crosses drainages that cut through the cliff band, so there is plenty of shade along the way during the summer, but also plenty of exposed spots for great pictures and views.
Eventually, the trail starts to switchback down as it descends towards Spring Hollow. This descent can get rocky in places, but nothing technical, and eventually it connects with the Spring Hollow Trail, which drops quickly to the Spring Hollow campground, and the last part of the route just goes down the paved road back to the parking lot past these group sites associated amenities.
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Land Manager: USFS - Uinta, Wasatch & Cache National Forests Office