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blue Bench Canyon Trail #1937

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3.2 mile 5.2 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,282' 695 m
Descent: -613' -187 m
High: 7,894' 2,406 m
Low: 5,757' 1,755 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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Description

A side trip from the Main Eagle Trail #1922 that saves you several miles on a through hike. This trail starts in Bench Canyon just 2.8 miles into the Main Eagle Trail #1922 and quickly climbs up and out. 1.3 miles in, there is a poorly maintained Heart Lake Trail that climbs steeply up the face to Heart Lake before skirting the shore and becoming a proper trail as it rejoins the Bench Canyon Trail.

It may be best to just go the 2.0 miles on a steady incline to the northern end of Heart Lake Trail if you are going to visit Heart Lake. Continue another 0.3 mile to Arrow Lake above. From here it is a quick 0.75 mile down to a swamp and the Main Eagle Trail #1922 at the 10.8 mile mark. This 3 mile trail cuts 8 miles off the Main Eagle Trail #1922 for a net distance savings of 5 miles. Use this trail to make a 16.6 mile loop out and back from the Eagle Creek parking area.

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