Unless only going a short distance up the canyon, a topographic map and knowledge of its use is essential.
The trail begins from the north end of the parking lot for the Slaughter Canyon Cave. The Slaughter Canyon Cave Trail
branches off to the west not far from the start of this trail.
Runners will head out into the mouth of Slaughter Canyon. The canyon is very large with several branches including West Slaughter, Middle Slaughter, and North Slaughter. The trail first goes up Middle Slaughter before turning into North Slaughter
and finally ending at the Guadalupe Ridge Trail
The first 3 miles are seemingly flat, but around mile 3, the trail starts to climb more noticeably. From here, runners have a steady mile long incline before the trail levels back out around mile 4. The last mile flattens back out for an easy run to the junction with the Guadalupe Ridge Trail