Blue Creek-Allen Canyon Trail (013)
ElevationAscent: 1,980' 603 m
Descent: -2,685' -818 m
High: 10,438' 3,181 m
Low: 7,753' 2,363 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)
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“A long and often-faint trail over the flank of West Mountain”— Eric Ashley
There isn't a defined parking area at the southern end of the trail, but with a little searching, you should be able to find a spot to park that's not too far away. The trail begins along an old, rocky road that follows a rounded ridgeline for about a mile until it reaches a large dusty intersection. From here, head to the right through a nice patch of trees. Almost immediately, you're confronted with a split in the singletrack.
This is one of the unclear sections of this trail, as the area can be heavily crossed with animal trails. Taking the left split, you soon cross over a drainage zone before climbing toward a scree field to the east. Depending on the conditions, you may be better suited to head right. Just make sure you end up at the scree field.
On the other side of the scree, the trail soon crosses a streambed and heads into a thick forest. The initial climb here is steep, but it soon backs off. As the trail leaves the tree cover, it heads toward a large bare slope.
This is another area that suffers from an unclear path. Follow the narrow singletrack across a creek crossing as it angles up the barren slope en route to a nearby saddle. If the trail fizzles out before you reach the saddle, simply head right and keep climbing until you reach the clearly defined Skyline Trail (015). The view along this section is superb, so make sure to spin around a few times.
Almost immediately, the trail separates at the edge of the saddle. Head for a wide gap in the vegetation that leads to the rounded ridgeline to your left, then turn to the right and keep climbing. After a half mile, the trail drops down the other side of the ridge and begins the long descent.
Over the next two miles, the descent drops through the forest, briefly follows the edge of a ridgeline, and enters a large meadow. Head diagonally right through the grass to momentarily overlap with the Blue Creek-Tuerto Trail (014) before they separate next to two old buildings. Head to the left for more steady descending.
As you approach a reservoir, plenty of trail braiding obscures the main route. Fortunately, it doesn't matter too much, just pick up the trail in the small valley just past the reservoir. The trail remains pretty clear from here to its end in a junction with the Tuerto Trail (011).
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