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Lost Canyon Trail



3.3 mile 5.4 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable


Ascent: 420' 128 m
Descent: -503' -153 m
High: 5,461' 1,665 m
Low: 5,116' 1,559 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)


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See it all from exposed cliff sides, to thick forests, to water crossings all framed in red rock.

Darcy McGuckin

Features River/Creek

Backcountry Sites must be reserved ahead of time and require a permit.


The Lost Canyon Trail can be reached via the Squaw Canyon Trail or the Peekaboo Trail. Begin your journey at the Squaw Flat Campground Loop A parking area. If you choose to start out from the Squaw Canyon Trail, your descent into Lost Canyon will be quite steep (21), and well marked with rock cairns. Once on the canyon floor, the relatively level trail winds through thick trees and brush, often paralleling and crossing a stream.

The Lost Canyon Trail has three backcountry campsites marked with posts (LC1, LC2, and LC3). Continuing into the canyon, you'll come across LC3 on the left after about 1.2 miles. LC2 is up ahead, directly after a river crossing. To reach LC1, continue to the junction of Lost Canyon Trail and Peekaboo Trail, heading SE towards Peekaboo Trail.

This desert trail it true to the setting, and you'll be moving over rough sandstone, along cliffs, and though sandy washes. The views are expansive, and there will be plenty of places to stop to appreciate the stark beauty around you.

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Nov 8, 2017
Annie Lo
Feb 25, 2017
Garth Schulz
Such a fun trail, in excellent condition!

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Lost Canyon
Mar 27, 2020 near Monticello, UT
A side canyon of Lost Canyon
Mar 27, 2020 near Monticello, UT
Getting ready to descend into Lost Canyon from the Squaw Canyon Trail.
Mar 23, 2016 near Monticello, UT
It almost looks like a creek, but it's just polished rock
Mar 27, 2020 near Monticello, UT
Near LC2 backcountry campsite.
Mar 23, 2016 near Monticello, UT


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