Adam's Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,339' 408 m
Descent: -1,338' -408 m
High: 6,191' 1,887 m
Low: 4,853' 1,479 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)
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“A great trail with a waterfall and fantastic views.”— Tom Wolfe
The initial switchbacks from the trailhead make for great interval training. The switchbacks start with packed trail but quickly turns to sand. After the initial climb in the switchbacks the trail opens up, becomes firmer and continues to climb. There is a short set directly after the straight section that is firm and narrow. This section heads left instead of climbing to the right. Going to the right is a little steeper and takes a little distance off the route. After the last set, you'll finish on curving trail to the top section.
Once there, head back down and do it all again! Ouch...
When heading into the canyon, stay to the right, following the singletrack which drops down to the creek and keeps following the creek all the way to the waterfall. The terrain gets more rugged as you continue, with many rocks and roots. The trail then crosses the creek and runs through a campground as it continues to climb.
There is a scramble across a flat rock section which heads into the most technical part of the trail with about a quarter of a mile left before the waterfall. This last part can be very tricky and steep, just keep moving along the trail until you get to the last crossing of the creek just below the waterfall and you are there. Enjoy the view and refuel for the return trip, back the way you just came up.
The trail does extend beyond the waterfall, but most turn around at that viewpoint.
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