It is really fantastic living near a mountain range, because we can get out and recreate anytime we want, even on a late-Friday afternoon. We decided to revisit a trail we had attempted after first moving here over the summer, but had opted to save for a cooler day. The trail, first off, is one of the most reputed in the Logan Canyon area. Just because it is well traveled, does not make it an easy hike. It is well worth the elevated risk of bodily harm, provided you do not have a debilitating fear of heights. It also may not be the best choice for young kids who do their own hiking.
You can be begin the hike at either Spring Hollow Campground or Guinavah Campground. Regardless of where you start, it is necessary to walk to the far end of the campground to reach the trail head. Due to our late start in the day, we opted to bring two cars and shuttle back, so we started at Spring Hollow and ended at Guinavah Campground. Most of the 1000 ft elevation gain happens immediately after you leave the campground, so it is slow going at first.
You are rewarded for your hard work almost as soon as you catch your breath. The next ~2 miles of the trail follow closely along the top of cliffs embedded in the canyon wall. In fact, in some places it follows the top of the cliff too closely. The drop is more than 100 feet and Aaron got to learn that Jacqui really does have a fear of heights. The view towards the mouth of the canyon is especially spectacular, comparable in beauty to the view in Zion Canyon (minus the red rocks).
Most of the trail was sunny and warm, not ideal for a summer hike, but lovely on this fall day. However, the Guinavah Campground end of the trail was very well shaded, with many trees and vegetation. The trek back down the side of the canyon is as challenging as the hike up with loose dust, gravel, and Aaron’s shaky knees. We would be hesitant to bring a young, walking child on this hike, but clearly other parents do not feel the same trepidation, because we encountered a large (extended) family hiking with several small children (not secured onto parents’ backs). How would you feel about bringing a walking child on this hike?