Red Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 170' 52 m
Descent: -36' -11 m
High: 5,792' 1,765 m
Low: 5,623' 1,714 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“A decent trek along an old roadbed to the main event: Red Canyon.”— Hunter R
Family Friendly A wide track, gentle slope, and short distance make for a terrific excursion. For those with the energy and desire to continue, head out on Red Canyon with its geologic wonders.
Further on, the trail, still following the roadbed, begins to descend moderately to the north and then a little more steeply when it swings to the west. At the bottom of the dugway, it directly crosses the Red Canyon wash and ends where it re-enters the drainage at a big cottonwood tree. If you are continuing in the wash, this is a good place to note for the return trip; usually, it is marked by a cairn, as well.
See Red Canyon for details regarding the trek up Red Canyon wash.
This content was contributed by author Rick Stinchfield. For a comprehensive hiking guide to Capitol Reef National Park and to see more by Rick, click here.
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