Rough Canyon Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,070' 326 m
Descent: -1,067' -325 m
High: 6,193' 1,888 m
Low: 5,476' 1,669 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 54% (28°)
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“A beautiful hike through the Rough Canyon Trail area.”— Steven Knight
As you leave the parking area and enter the trailhead, hug the cliffs to the right until you reach the creek bed. From there you are just picking the best lines until you reach a marked parking area at the end of the canyon, roughly 2.5 miles from the start. About 1/4 mile before the parking lot, you'll arrive at a waterfall point; however, there is no water during the summer months. To see the waterfall you'd have to hike the Tabeguache Trail or use a high-clearance vehicle to arrive at the parking area during the spring when the snow is melting.
The views in the canyon are dramatic and beautiful, but at times it gets tight as obstacles that got pushed up when the water was moving through here get in your way. You'll find some pooled, stagnant water that will hold a few mosquitos, although it isn't too bad. When you arrive at the parking area, at the southern end of the loop, turn back north and hike uphill almost the entirety of the Tabeguache Trail back to the trailhead. If it's late afternoon, you'll have the sun in your face the whole way.
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