Bair Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 4,199' 1,280 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 9,077' 2,767 m
Low: 4,878' 1,487 m
GradeAvg Grade: 20% (11°)
Max Grade: 68% (34°)
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“A beautiful trail along creek to the ridge line.”— David DeBry
Continue along a ridge, then bank right, and then up the side of the ridge through a beautiful fern forest. After this point you come out to the exposed mountainside where you have still about 1.5 miles to go. The last 3/4 mile is straight up and the locals call it "dead man's march." You'll top out on the road, which doubles as part of the Great Western Trail at this point. If you like, you can run ~1 mile south to the radar towers, but the road is the end of the actual Bair Canyon Trail.
Once you reach the top, you might have cause to celebrate, but the hike/run down is very painful on the quads because of the steepness. You may be sore for days, but don't let any of this stop you.
The trail is beautiful, in the shade much of the time, and you won't see many people after the third and last river crossing. There are many small waterfalls and great views out into the valley. As a side note, this trail is also beautiful in the winter because the snow gets deep and not many people visit.
Note: The switchbacks at the top of the trail have grown over and it is just straight up at the end.
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