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Austin Canyon

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You can connect to this backcountry beauty by way of Waterfall Crest Trail or Siddoway/Big Elk Creek Trail.


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Map Key

4.4

Miles

7.0

KM

Point to Point

9,327' 2,843 m

High

6,529' 1,990 m

Low

35' 11 m

Up

2,834' 864 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

46%

Max Grade (25°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The trail is mapped starting from the Waterfall Crest Trail and heading down Austin Canyon to Siddoway Fork Trail which turns into the Big Elk Creek trail.

With a very steep drop in elevation to begin with, you'll enjoy the gentle downhill that follows. This trail opens into a vast wide open canyon that narrows as it curves and connects to the Siddoway Fork Trail. Early in the summer, there are multiple creek crossings as the snow melt runs high from all directions.

The trail is well marked except for the flat section below the switchbacks coming off the Waterfall Crest Trail. This is a backcountry trail that does not see a lot of use. There are small waterfalls and even a mini arch as the snow melt runs high early in the season. Watch out for stinging nettle as you get lower in elevation. Calf sleeves and knee sleeves are recommended if you are running this, and pants if hiking.

Flora & Fauna

Moose, bear, elk, deer, willows, stinging nettle in the lower sections, pine trees, quaky aspen.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jeff Fullmer

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#58

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#2,217

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Wildflowers galore in the early summer, especially in the lower sections of the canyon.
Jul 13, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
Snow melt coming out of the mini arch and waterfall just off of the trail.
Jul 13, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
Deep snow pockets in the early summer. The trail is mostly clear of snow however.
Jul 13, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
The mini arch and waterfall in early July, locate precisely on the map just off the trail.
Jul 13, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
Snow melt in July on the west canyon wall.
Jul 13, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
Canyon walls to the west.
Jul 13, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )

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