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Little Wildhorse Canyon Trail

Intermediate

Trail

4.1 mile 6.7 kilometer point to point
95% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 668' 204 m
Descent: -154' -47 m
High: 5,469' 1,667 m
Low: 4,955' 1,510 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by Climbing Around

A classic slot canyon located near Capitol Reef and Goblin Valley.

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Description

While you'll experience breathtaking beauty in the canyon, this trail makes even seasoned runners earn their scenic views!

Little Wild Horse Canyon is fairly narrow, and you'll want to be aware that there are some tight squeezes and drop-offs along the way. The trail narrows pretty quickly, though the first 1.5 miles from the trailhead are mostly open.

From the trailhead, and the junction with the Bell's Canyon Trail, you'll enter the narrow passageway that winds through Little Wildhorse Canyon. This is as alien as it is beautiful, and you'll probably want to break out the camera for some photos.

Once you've made the through the narrows, you'll follow the canyon for 3 small drops, with the first one being about 6' high into a small pool of water. You can avoid the water if you're careful and use the log and stone bridge.

The toughest obstacle is the last one, a pour off about 10' high, and you can scramble up next to it on either side (Class 4 on the left and Class 3 on the right, facing down-canyon), or you can notice that a ramp on the right side leads easily to the top from the canyon floor. Other obstacles are no harder than Class 3. This is the trickiest obstacle for a dog and where a harness comes in handy.

Most visitors link this trail with the Bell's Canyon Trail, and finish their journey in this canyon. Both trails highlight the gorgeous desert sandstone, and are about equal in terrain.

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Narrow passages.
Dec 7, 2015 near Ferron, UT
Interesting canyon walls eroded by water.
Dec 7, 2015 near Ferron, UT
Amazing patterns in the canyon
Aug 10, 2018 near Ferron, UT
Getting Narrow
Aug 10, 2018 near Ferron, UT
Layered sandstone in Little Wild Horse Canyon
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT
Squeezing through the Kayenta Sandstone in Little Wild Horse Canyon
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT

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