Dark Canyon West Trail (006)
ElevationAscent: 29' 9 m
Descent: -1,178' -359 m
High: 6,875' 2,096 m
Low: 5,727' 1,746 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A beautiful canyon-bottom trail to the wilderness boundary”— Eric Ashley
Features River/Creek · Views
This trail travels through the Dark Canyon Wilderness, an area rich with archeological significance. It is a federal crime to remove or disturb any artifacts in this area.
From the east, begin running past two circular corrals as you leave Peavine Corridor Road (089). Cross a small stream bed and follow it north past sheer cliffs at the edge of Deadman Point. You'll soon arrive at a larger stream bed, which will be your constant companion as you travel through Dark Canyon.
Although you'll cross the stream bed countless times, the trail does its best to minimize the time you'll spend running in the wash. Look for frequent sections of singletrack that cut through most bends.
Along your journey, keep an eye out for small ruins that add scale and history to this already incredible landscape.
This trail intersects with the Dark Canyon North Fork Trail (206) at 2.4 miles, Trail Canyon Trail (007) at 5.9 miles, and the Woodenshoe Trail (165) at 12.3 miles.